Charging your EV at home is simple and all you need is a home charging unit. These durable chargers can easily be installed inside a garage, or on your driveway, and will connect to your mains power supply. Once plugged in, your car will start charging immediately.
With a home charging unit installed, you can charge your car in just a few hours and many vehicles have a compatible smartphone app so that you can keep an eye on your charge level from just about anywhere.
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 is running the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
The key features of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme are as follows:
- The 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.
- The Government reserves the right to terminate the grant at any time but will aim to provide 4 weeks’ notice. The Government will honour grant claims made during this notice period following the announcement of the end of the scheme.
- The grant must only be claimed by installers which have been authorised by OLEV and have approval from a chargepoint manufacturer to install their accredited equipment.
- The date of installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of the date of delivery or start date of vehicle use.
For full details see the Government pages here, or speak to your EV point provider who will be able to bring you fully up to speed with the process and amount of grant that can be claimed.