OLEV grants and benefits
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV, for short), is a UK government team, which is part of the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This cross government, industry endorsed team takes charge of policy and funding for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK, as a way of making the uptake of electric vehicles much more popular.
Currently, new electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase than second hand petrol or diesel vehicles, but the government has several schemes in place to make investing in an ultra-low emission vehicle much more attractive to consumers, such as a range of plug in and electric vehicle grants, and grants towards the cost of installing a home or workplace charging point.
The core policy of OLEV is to support the early market of electric and low emission vehicles, throughout the UK. Most plug in electric vehicle owners find that they carry out the largest proportion of their electric car charging from home, therefore having a home charging station installed at their home would prove beneficial.
There is also demand for electric car charging points to be installed at places of work. The OLEV car charging grants come in two varieties, home charging and workplace charging, in a bid to provide a much greater and more affordable network of charging stations across the country.
Available to registered keepers and lessees of electric vehicles, the OLEV grant for home charging points fund up to £500 towards the installation of an electric vehicle charging point, at domestic properties throughout the UK.
If your new or second hand electric vehicle was purchased on or after 1 April 2015, you could be eligible for OLEV’s electric vehicle home charging scheme; if you have an eligible plug-in car or van (a full list of which can be found online at the OLEV website), and your house has off-street parking capabilities.
The next steps are simple. To install an electric vehicle charging point at home, you need to contact an OLEV authorised and approved installation specialist, who will talk you through the type of charger that you are eligible for, depending on the type of vehicle you own and the desired location of the charge point. If you’re looking to install two electric vehicle charge points at your home, you must make it explicit when you’re applying for the grant. Two charge points will only be available to households with two eligible plug in electric vehicles.
Once installed, the grant will only be paid in arrears and your installer will claim the OLEV grant on your behalf.
The OLEV workplace charging scheme is similar to the electric vehicle home charging scheme, in that vehicle requirements remain the same; all vehicles are to have been purchased on or after 1 April 2015 in a bid to encourage further uptake of electric vehicles.
The electric vehicle workplace charging scheme is a voucher based scheme providing upfront support for the purchase and installation of electric car charging points. All eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations are welcome to apply.
Limited to £300 per socket, for up to a maximum of 20 sockets – applicants to the scheme need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and if successful will receive a voucher code. The voucher will be valid for 120 days from the date of issue and is usually available five days following a successful application.
Any parking schemes that are part of a domestic property or are for customer use only will not be eligible to apply for the workplace charging scheme.
Make sure to check the government’s OLEV website prior to applying for one of its electric vehicle charging station grants, to ensure that your vehicle is eligible.