How to apply for an EV home charge grant

06 / 04 / 2022  |  Driver Guides

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a big part of the future of driving in the UK. The Government is leading the charge to make sure they’re a common sight on the roads by banning the sale of any brand-new car powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) after 2030, five years earlier than their original plan.

They’ve set up the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as a way of helping drivers understand more about taking vehicles that emit carbon dioxide off our roads.


towards the cost of installing a home (domestic) off-street charge point,
with a maximum contribution of £350.

Financial help for EV chargers

Various incentives are being offered to drivers to tempt them into choosing an EV as their next car. One of them is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).

The EVHS offers funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing a home (domestic) off-street charge point, with a maximum contribution of £350.

Under the conditions of the grant, the charge point must be a smart charger that is programmable by a smartphone app. These can be set to charge when demand for electricity is low, keeping costs down for the energy bill payer and minimising the cost of the charger to the electricity system.

If you’d like to take advantage of the grant scheme, you may need to be quick and there are several conditions you need to fulfil.

Applying for and claiming the EVHS grant


You can check if your home and car are eligible to receive the EVHS grant on the government website. From 31st March 2022 onwards, only people who rent a flat, bungalow, terraced house, semi-detached or detached house, or who own a flat, will be eligible for the grant.

People who own a bungalow, terraced house, semi-detached house or detached house will be ineligible for the grant after the same date. All grant claims related to installations at privately-owned properties such as these will need to be submitted by 30th April 2022.

You may be eligible for the grant if you are an individual who:

  • becomes a registered keeper of a new or second-hand eligible electric vehicle
  • is assigned a company car for at least 6 months
  • has leased an eligible vehicle for at least 6 months
  • leases an eligible electric vehicle through a salary sacrifice scheme
  • is named, by their employer, as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle for at least 6 months
  • has ordered an eligible electric vehicle.

You may also be required to provide the following evidence in the form of a letter:

  • business/registration number
  • employer’s/business’s VAT number
  • employer’s/the business’s HMRC registration, as an attachment to the letter.

A template to create the letter can be found in the ‘Documents required’ section of the government website page about the EVHS.

You can claim for one charge point per eligible vehicle, with up to two eligible vehicles per household.


If you’ve decided that your next car will be an EV and you’re eligible to receive a grant, your new charge point must be installed by a supplier who is approved by the OZEV. The supplier will then apply for your grant on your behalf.

Charging at work

If you’re a homeowner and you miss out on a grant, you may be able to charge your car at your workplace. The OZEV are also making changes to the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). It will be expanded to offer more support to small and medium-sized businesses and charities, but it will also keep supporting other businesses as they install charge points for their employees and fleets.