Information for Homeowners and Installers

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Electric Vehicle Charging

Important facts for electric vehicle owners and installers

Electric vehicles (also known as EV’s) are rapidly becoming popular throughout the UK. Not only are plug-in electrical vehicles practical and effective, they significantly reduce emissions and save consumers money. We have seen major changes in the EV market recently and seen that many NAPIT members are wanting to expand their knowledge in the field to become EV installers.

What is OLEV?

OLEV stands for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and they are the team working across the Government supporting the early market adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles, which means electric cars and the chargers to assist them. OLEV are also the office responsible for introducing the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS) and the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).

What is EVHS?

To help private plug-in vehicle owners offset some of the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of a dedicated domestic recharging unit, the Government offers the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). From 1 April 2020, customers who are the registered keeper, lessee or have primary user of an eligible electric vehicle can receive up to 75% (capped at £350) off the total capital costs of the chargepoint and associated installation costs.

Contractor & Householder information

The EVHS grant is a 75% contribution towards the cost of one chargepoint and its installation up to a maximum of £350 (including VAT) per household/per eligible vehicle for installations that take place on or after the 1st of April 2020. Customers must provide evidence of keepership, lease, be named as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle or have a vehicle on order in order to be able to qualify for the grant. A full list of eligible vehicles can be found here.

For more information on the grant visit the Government Guidance here.

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)?

WCS is a voucher-based scheme which is designed to provide eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints. The contribution is limited to the 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, and has increased from 20 up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant.

How to apply for WCS?

Applicants can apply for the scheme using the online application portal. If eligibility checks are successful, applicants will be issued with a unique identification voucher code via email, which can then be given to any OLEV authorised WCS installer.

The voucher will be valid for 6 months (180 days) from the date of issue, (expiry date printed on the voucher). Once the chargepoint(s) have been installed, the authorised installer will claim the grant from OLEV on the applicant’s behalf through the online installer portal.

The system will calculate the 75% of the declared purchase and installation costs and confirm the exact value of the grant awarded, which will be capped at a maximum of £350 per socket. The chargepoint installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within the 6-month period. Installers must not charge customers for the grant in advance of payment being made by OLEV. Claims against expired vouchers will not be paid.

A voucher can only be redeemed by installers who have been authorised by OLEV for the WCS and have approval from a chargepoint manufacturer to install their chargepoint models which are approved by OLEV. They must be authorised before they begin installing chargepoints.

OLEV reserves the right to terminate or change the rules of the grant scheme, including the grant level, at any time, although they will endeavour to provide up to 4 weeks’ notice. OLEV will honour any unique identification voucher codes that have been issued ahead of any changes to the grant or during any notice period given following the announcement of the scheme closure.

For more information visit the GOV.UK guidance here

Why choose a NAPIT Registered Installer?

It is important that you get work done by competent registered tradespeople working for businesses who are committed to quality, safety and customer care. NAPIT certificated scheme members demonstrate their competence, they hold the necessary insurances and have the right processes and procedures to assure compliant and safe work. Find out more here.

Why become a NAPIT Registered EV Installer?

There is a notable market in EV charge point installations, and it is predicated to continue expanding, so why not arm yourself with this new skill and become a competent EV installer.
Find out more about joining NAPIT’s Competent Person Scheme here.
See all the benefits of NAPIT membership here.