Government Grants For Electric Car Charging Points in the UK Written by Tatiana Lebreton Published on 31 May 2023 ✔ Charging an EV at home will save the average car owner £447 a year✔ Flat owners/renters can get a grant of up to £300 to install an EV chargepoint✔ Local authorities can get a grant of up £7,500 per EV chargepoint they installThe government is trying to encourage Brits to switch to electric vehicles (and invest in electric car chargepoints) to help the UK reach net zero emissions by 2050.As part of this effort, £620 million in funding has been allocated for electric vehicle (EV) grants and infrastructure, including several grants for EV charging points.Read on if you want to know what chargepoint grants are available, if you’re eligible for one, who each grant is for, and how you can apply for one.Want to buy an EV charger for your home? Just pop a few details into our quick form, and our expert installers will be in touch with their best prices. 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Compare now What's on this page? 01 What government grants are available for electric car charging points? 02 EV Chargepoint Grant 03 Workplace Charging Scheme 04 On-street Residential Chargepoint scheme 05 The Scottish Home Chargepoint Grant 06 EV chargepoint grants for landlords 07 Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme 08 Summary 09 FAQs What government grants are available for electric car charging points?GrantRegionWho’s eligibleEV Chargepoint GrantEverywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and Isle of ManFlat owners or renters with off-street parking (learn more below)Workplace Charging SchemeEverywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and Isle of ManRegistered businesses, charities, and public sector organisations (learn more below)On-street Residential Chargepoint SchemeEverywhere in the UKLocal authoritiesThe Scottish Home Chargepoint GrantScotlandRural/remote vehicle owners, and used vehicle owners (learn more below)EV chargepoint grants for landlordsEverywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and Isle of ManLandlords with properties in residential areas (learn more below)Electric Vehicle Homecharge SchemeEverywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and Isle of ManHomeowners with off-street parking (learn more below)There are several grants and schemes available for electric vehicle chargepoints, including ones for renters, flat owners, landlords, businesses, and local authorities.On average, each scheme covers between 60% to 75% of the costs of installing an EV charger. To qualify for most of these, applicants need to have access to off-street parking, with the exception of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme for local authorities. EV Chargepoint GrantThe EV Chargepoint Grant replaced the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) on 1 April 2022. The key difference between the two grants is that the new EV chargepoint grant is only available to people who own flats or renters.The grant covers 75% of the cost to install an electric car charger, or up to £350. It’s available everywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Who is eligible? To be eligible for the grant, you need to:Live in a flat or a rented homeHave off-street parkingOwn an electric vehicle that’s on the eligible vehicles list How to apply for the EV chargepoint grantTo apply for the grant, you need to contact an EV chargepoint installer that’s on the list of government approved installers. You can use the government’s search tool to find one.Once you’ve chosen an installer and the type of electric vehicle charger you want, you’ll need to ask them to start a claim for you. Once they’ve submitted it, you’ll receive an email with a link to an online application form for the grant.If you’re approved for the grant, the installer will charge you the discounted rate on your EV charger installation. Workplace Charging SchemeThe Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides vouchers to businesses that cover up to 75% of the cost of buying and installing electric vehicle chargepoints. Eligible businesses can receive up to £350 per socket, for a maximum of 40 sockets – a total of £14,000.The scheme is available everywhere in the UK, except the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find out more about the Workplace Charging Scheme in our in-depth guide. Who is eligible? To apply for the scheme, you must:Be a registered business, charity, or public sector organisationBe either a public authority, or have received less than €200,000 of public support in the last three financial years and meet state aid requirements, or have received less than 325,000 Special Drawing Rights in the last three financial years and meet the Special Drawing Rights requirementsHave dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet vehiclesDeclare a need for EV charging equipment – staff drive EVs to work, or a desire to encourage staff to buy EVsOwn the property or have consent from the landlordYou also need to give evidence of your status as a business by providing a Companies House reference number or a VAT registration number. How to apply for the Workplace Charging SchemeYou can apply for the scheme by using the government’s online application form.If the application is successful, you’ll receive a voucher code via email within five working days, which will be valid for six months. Applicants then need to choose a government authorised installer, who will redeem the voucher on their behalf. On-street Residential Chargepoint schemeThe On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme provides funding to local authorities to install on-street EV charging points for residents.With the funding, local authorities can cover up to 60% of the cost to install public chargepoints. To be specific, applicants can get up to £7,500 per chargepoint, or £13,000 if the cost to set up an electrical connection is particularly high.If you submitted an application before 1 April 2022, the scheme will cover 75% of the cost. Who is eligible? To be eligible for the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme you must:Be a local authority located in the UKHave the consent of the local highway authorityFinish setting up the EV chargepoints by 31 March 2024Only install chargepoints in residential areas that do not have off-street parkingYou also need to declare if you are getting additional funding for EV chargepoints from another source. How to apply for the On-street Residential Chargepoint schemeTo apply for the scheme, you first need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your project and your needs. This will need to include proposed chargepoint locations, accessibility measures, and photo evidence of location suitability.After that, you’ll need to complete and submit an application form and send it to the same email address.If your application is successful, you’ll receive the grant in instalments. You’ll get the first 75% of the total grant amount within 25 working days after your application is accepted. You’ll get the final instalment, the remaining 25%, after the EV chargepoints are installed, and after you’ve completed a form with details of all the costs. The Scottish Home Chargepoint GrantThe Scottish Home Chargepoint Grant stopped processing applications on 31 March 2023. Applications received after that date will be added to a waiting list, should the grant become available again.The grant gives homeowners in Scotland up to £300 to buy and install an EV chargepoint, and is administered by the Energy Saving Trust. It can be used in conjunction with other grants, such as the EV chargepoint grant for flat owners and renters. Who is eligible? To be eligible for the grant, you have to be a rural or remote EV owner, or own a used EV.Rural or remote EV owners need to live in a category 5, 6, 7, or 8 area, or on an island in Scotland. Used EV owners need to have obtained their vehicle through the Used Electric Vehicle Loan. How to apply for the Scottish Home Chargepoint GrantApplications for the Scottish Home Chargepoint Grant are now closed. But you can still put your name on a waiting list.If you are applying as a rural or remote EV owner, you can use the Energy Saving Trust’s application form.If you got your EV through the Used Electric Vehicle Loan, the instructions to apply for the loan can be found in the offer confirmation email. You’ll need to provide a quote from your chosen installer and proof of purchase/lease of your vehicle. EV chargepoint grants for landlordsThere are two grants for landlords: the Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargepoint Grant, and the Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Grant. Both of these can both be used to fund a chargepoint at the same property.The EV Chargepoint Grant for landlords covers 75% of the cost (or £350) to purchase and install an EV charging socket. Landlords can receive up to 200 grants for residential properties, and up 100 grants for commercial properties within the same financial year.The EV Infrastructure Grant is for larger installations that have multiple EV sockets. The grant covers up to 75% of the costs, or up to £30,000. Landlords can get up to 30 infrastructure grants within the same financial year. Who is eligible? To be eligible for either of the two landlord grants, you need to be one of the following:A landlord with property available for letA right to manage (RTM) companyA residents’ management company (RMC)The owner of a property's freeholdA company that owns a building’s common areasA property factor in ScotlandA private registered provider of social housing (PRP)A registered public sector organisation or charity that manages or owns residential propertyAdditionally, the property you own needs to be located in the UK – excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man – and have off-street, private parking.There are a few extra requirements to be eligible for the EV infrastructure grant. For example, the work needs to be:For a property with multiple homes, such as an apartment blockCarried out on at least five parking spacesTo install at least one charging socket How to apply for the EV chargepoint grants for landlordsYou can apply for either grant by creating an account on the government website. You’ll need to provide some details, such as a Companies House company registration number or a VAT registration number, an address, and your chosen installer’s OZEV installer number.Additionally, if you’re applying for an EV infrastructure grant, you’ll need to state the number of parking spaces you plan on installing chargepoints for.If you’re approved for either grant, the EV chargepoint installer will claim the grant for you, and provide a discounted bill. You also need to make sure the installation is completed within 90 days, otherwise you'll need to request an extension. Electric Vehicle Homecharge SchemeThe Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme ended on 31 March 2023. While it was running, it offered homeowners up to £350 towards installing an at-home EV chargepoint.The £104.5 million scheme was used to install 236,697 EV home chargers across the UK, and has now been replaced by the EV Chargepoint Grant for flat owners and renters.You can find out more about the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme on our page. SummaryEV cars are the future. There are already over 1.8 million of them in the UK, according to government data. Plus, it's becoming easier than ever to charge them, thanks to government grants and funding for private and public chargepoints.If you already own an EV, getting a home charger is well worth the investment. Charging at home can save you up to £447 per year when compared with using a public charging point.Getting one is also easier than you’d think. Just fill in our short form with some details, and we’ll put you in touch with professional EV chargepoint installers. FAQs How much does it cost to install an electric car charger at home? Buying and installing an electric car charger at home costs around £1,000. If this seems like a lot, don’t worry. EV owners who charge at home will save £447 a year, on average, since charging at home is cheaper than public charging.This means the breakeven point for at-home EV chargers is only a little over two years – even less with a government grant.Find out more about EV charger costs and savings by going to our page. Do you need planning permission to install an EV charger at home? You don't typically need planning permission to install an EV charger if you are a homeowner with off-street parking. You only need planning permission if you live in a conservation area or a listed building. Is the Plug-in grant still available? The Plug-in Vehicle Grant, which helped fund the purchase of an electric vehicle, is no longer available to drivers or fleet operators. Applications ended in June 2022, though delivery of the grant continued until March 2023.There are still some grants available to help with the purchase of certain types of EVs, such as wheelchair accessible vehicles, motorcycles, and taxis. You can find out more on the government’s website. Written by: Tatiana Lebreton Tatiana has written about multiple environmental topics, including heat pumps, energy-efficient household products, and solar panels. She is dedicated to demystifying green tech to make eco-friendly living more accessible.