Time to Make the Switch?

Electric vehicle and home and workplace charging point grants update - March 2020
 
The Government has announced (March 2020) changes to the Plug-In Car and Van Grants and both the home and workplace charging schemes.
 
Venson Automotive Solutions published a white paper - Plug-In Vehicle Recharging: The Electric Future - last year.
 
https://www.venson.com/Media/ViewWhitePaper/35
 
The company has also published separate white papers on plug-in vans and cars.
 
https://www.venson.com/Media/ViewWhitePaper/34
 
https://www.venson.com/Media/ViewWhitePaper/23
 
Detailed below are the changes announced by the Government which updates the information provided in the three white papers.
 
Plug-In Car Grant
 
The Government has confirmed that the Plug-In Car Grant has been extended to 2022-23 with cash support of a further £403 million.
 
However, simultaneously, the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) confirmed that the amount of cash support per vehicle would be immediately cut from £3,500 to £3,000, while cars costing £50,000 or more were now excluded from Grant aid.
 
The change, said the Department and OLEV would “allow more drivers to benefit from making the switch for longer”. Additionally, the Government confirmed that it would “continue to keep the rate of grant under review”.
 
The Plug-In Car Grant was previously cut in October 2018 from £4,500 to £3,500 and plug-in hybrid vehicles were removed from the list of eligible models. 
 
In reality that means only 100% electric cars now qualify for funding support, although the Plug-In Car Grant website says Grant aid is available for “vehicles that have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all”.
 
The Plug-In Car Grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for a qualifying car, up to a maximum of £3,000. Only vehicles that have been approved by the Government are eligible for a Plug-In Grant. The full list is available at: https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 
 
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-car-grant
 
Plug-In Van Grant
 
Similarly, the Government has confirmed that the Plug-In Van Grant has been extended to 2022-23 with cash support of a further £129.5 million, although that money will also fund taxis and motorcycles.
 
Two levels of Plug-In Van Grant are available according to vehicle size:
  • The main one is for light vans up to 3.5 tonnes that have carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of less than 75g/km and achieve a zero-emission range of at least 10 miles. The grant covers 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000.
  • A second level of grant up to a maximum of £20,000 - 20% of the purchase price - applies to large vans and trucks that have CO2 emissions of at least 50% less than the equivalent conventional Euro VI vehicle that can carry the same capacity and can travel at least 10 miles without any emissions at all. Funding support is available for the first 200 orders. Once the 200 order mark has been reached, funding support will be reduced to 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £8,000.
Once again, the Government confirmed that it would “continue to keep the rate of grant under review”.
 
The full list of eligible vans - there are only three currently in the large vans and trucks category - is available at: https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 
 
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-van-grant
 
Workplace Charging Scheme
 
The Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme provides eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations with support towards the purchase and installation costs of electric vehicle chargepoints. 
 
Voucher-based, the Scheme has been extended by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for a further year from April 1, 2020.
 
However, with the extension of the scheme the level of funding support has been cut to £350 per socket from £500 per socket. Simultaneously, OLEV said that it was “addressing the needs of businesses” by doubling the number of sockets allowed under the Workplace Charging Scheme from 20 to 40.
 
Reducing the Workplace Charging Scheme grant rate would, said OLEV, enable more people to benefit from the scheme and provide better value for money for taxpayers. It also highlighted that the average cost of chargepoint installations had steadily reduced since the introduction of the initiative, so the decrease was in line with marketplace developments.
 
Further information, including application forms, is available at:
https://www.apply-workplace-chargepoint-grant.service.gov.uk/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/workplace-charging-scheme-application-form
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles#workplace-charging-scheme
 
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
 
Similarly, the Government has extended the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme for a further 12 months from April 1, 2020.
 
However, like the Workplace Charging Scheme the level of funding support has been cut from £500 to £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home.
 
Although, for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where an installer can prove that there was a pre-existing arrangement with the customer, that was agreed prior to March 12, 2020, the installation will still be eligible for a grant rebate of £500. That provision will apply until May 31, 2020.
 
The Government said that the change in the grant would enable twice as many people to benefit - from 30,000 to 57,000 - thereby supporting the expected increase in the uptake of electric vehicles.?
 
Since July 1, 2019, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme has only supported the installation of smart chargepoints.
 
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles#electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme
 
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