Before making any decisions about getting an electric car, it is important you consider all of the costs associated with it. One cost to consider is the price of getting a home charging point installed, for easy overnight charging. If the costs are stopping you from making the switch, then get ready to learn about the OLEV grant! Keep reading to find out more.
What is the OLEV grant?
The OLEV grant is a great incentive designed to make electric cars much more appealing and accessible. The grant offers £350 to assist with the costs associated, which can subsidise a huge portion of the cost of your home charging point. The grant was set up by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles in 2016 and has been going ever since.
Do I qualify for the OLEV grant?
It is pretty easy to find out if you qualify for the grant, and it depends on just a few factors. You must have off-street parking, such as a garage or a driveway, so you have a safe space to consistently charge your car. You also need to check the charger you want is an OLEV-approved charging point. as well as this, you also have to ensure you use an OLEV-approved installer for your charger.
If you have a full battery electric car then you are guaranteed to be eligible. If you have a plug-in vehicle, then you need to check that your CO2 emissions are below 75g/km.
If you are from Scotland, it is also a good idea to check out a grant offered by the Energy Savings Trust, Scotland. This is an additional grant that can offer you another £300 on top of the OLEV grant, as an incentive for Scottish EV drivers.
If you do not have an electric car yet, it is a good idea to take a close look at the specifics of the grant, so that you ensure the vehicle you buy meets all of the criteria. If you need some help with this then check out our contact details down below!
How do I apply for the OLEV grant?
The form is simple to fill out and requires you to answer a few questions to prove that you are eligible. This includes information about your electric vehicle, as well as proof that you are the owner. Once these questions have been answered, we can then help with the process and submit the request. We can also advise you throughout the questions, and we are only a phone call away if you need assistance with the application process!
What is the aim of the OLEV grant?
The OLEV grant is simply trying to save you some money, while simultaneously helping the environment. OLEV know how of putting the cost of swapping to electric can be, so they have created a grant that makes this a little easier. As well as this, it broadens the range of people that will be able to make the change to electric, which is really important factor. The overall aim is to make electric vehicles and charging points accessible to all, to limit the use of petrol and diesel and to lower carbon emissions across the country. Until electric vehicles are available to everyone, then carbon emissions can never become significantly lower, so the grant is aiming to tackle that.
Need a car charging point in Croydon?
Our team install electrical car charging points across Croydon, Bromley, Sutton, Beckenham, West Wickham, Shirley, Coulsdon and Purley. If the OLEV grant has persuaded you to make the switch to an electric car today, then there’s no better time than now to go for it! Give us a call on 07969 784 503, email us at Jkelectricalservices@hotmail.co.uk or check out the contact form on our website. We hope to hear from you soon!