17.3.2021Greater support planned for renters to charge EVs
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) plans to transform the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) in order to provide greater support for people in rented and leasehold accommodation.
The planned transformation follows the recent government announcement of up to £50m of funding to support the rollout of home and workplace charging, which also includes plans to boost charge point access to those in rural areas and the charity sector.
The existing EVHS scheme will run until 31st March 2022, by which time OZEV expects the market to have reached sufficient maturity to operate effectively without government intervention.
The scheme will then focus on rental and leasehold properties where charging provision is more limited, and potentially more challenging to secure. The aim of the reformed EVHS is to stimulate demand in the rental and leasehold sectors, helping to ensure people living in such accommodation are able to access electric vehicle (EV) charging provision at home.
The transformation of the EVHS will come in two parts.
Firstly, a new digital platform will be launched for the revised EVHS in the second half of 2021. This will allow people in rental and leasehold accommodation to continue to access EVHS funds and, additionally, allow non-resident landowners of these properties to apply on behalf of their tenants or leaseholders. An additional fund will also be made available to help with the cost of ducting for people in multi-unit occupancy buildings, such as apartment blocks.
Secondly, the current EVHS support for owner-occupied single unit housing will continue until 31st March 2022. After this date, support will focus solely on rental and leasehold properties.
OZEV expects the transition to the digital platform to take place in autumn 2021, although it cannot provide an exact date until the initial scoping phases of the build are complete. It is also considering how to best administer the existing EVHS scheme for its final year. OZEV will either digitalise the current EVHS platform so that all new applications are run from it in the autumn, or continue with the current platform until the 31st March 2022. Under both options, installers will have more than a year to prepare for the change.