The OLEV Grant: what it is, how much you can get, and how to claim it

22 October 2021 | Celia Topping

Update: from April 2022, this scheme will only be open to EV owners who live in flats and/or rental accommodation. Find out more about the EV Homecharge Scheme.

Electric vehicles are a vital part of our journey to a greener, more sustainable future. By reducing tailpipe emissions, we can cut our carbon footprint (as well as air pollution), and achieve our zero carbon goals. The UK Government is taking action to make EVs more affordable and accessible to everyone. And their grant scheme is designed to do just that. 

What is the OLEV Grant?

Ready for some acronyms? Here goes. The “OLEV Grant'' refers to a government grant offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. You may also have heard it referred to as the “OZEV Grant”. That’s because the office changed its name to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) at the end of 2020. 

The grant itself is called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), because it gives up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing an EV charging point at home

How do I qualify for the OLEV Grant?

There are 4 qualifying factors1 which make you eligible for the EVHS:

It’s also important to note that you aren’t eligible if you’ve claimed the grant before – even when it was known as the Domestic Recharge Scheme. But if you’ve bought an additional EV, you could claim another grant for a second chargepoint. There’s a 2-chargepoint maximum for any household3.

Which vehicles are eligible?

The EVHS grant is available for all fully electric vehicles – but some plug-in hybrids may not be eligible, if their CO2 emissions are above 50g/km. A list of eligible vehicles can be found here.

Looking to buy an electric car? Here’s a list of the Government Grants and incentives available for EV owners.

How do I claim the OLEV Grant?

If you want to apply for an OLEV grant, you must do it through an OLEV-approved installer. You aren’t allowed to apply for one yourself. Your chosen installer will ask you to show evidence, to prove your eligibility. They’ll then apply on your behalf. At least that takes all the hassle out of the application process! Once agreed, your installer will bill you for the price of the charger and installation, minus the £350 grant they’ll receive. 

Here are some examples of the type of evidence you’ll be asked to show, to prove you’re eligibile:

  • Your name, address and contact details (or those of the driver/registered keeper of the EV being applied for)
  • Your EV’s make, model and registration number
  • Your MPAN or electricity supply number. Here’s how to find your MPAN number
  • Your order confirmation, or leasing/finance agreement for the EV
  • If the EV is a company car, you’ll need a letter proving this

In some cases, customers may have to upgrade their electricity supply before their installer can start work. If this is the case, your installer will let you know, and you’ll have to contact your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) directly.  

How long will it take to receive the payment?

The OZEV aims to process all claims made by OLEV-approved installers within 30 days. If you don’t apply through one of these installers, your application won’t be processed. 

How do I find an eligible electric car chargepoint and installer?

The government has given a list of OLEV-approved installers, and the OLEV-approved chargepoints they’ll be able to install. 

If you're interested in finding out more about how to charge your electric car away from home, and how long it will take, read our practical guide. 

Is there an additional grant in Scotland?

If you live in Scotland, you may be lucky enough to apply for an extra grant of £250 (or £350 for those in the most remote parts of the country) on top of the EVHS grant. This has been made available by the Energy Saving Trust Scotland.

Your OLEV Grant questions answered

Sources and references:

1.  For full details regarding eligibility for the OLEZ Grant, please check the government website.

2.  This can include a company car.

3.  If you own a business, you could be eligible for the separate OZEV Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) grant which can be claimed by any business, charity or public authority. This provides up to £350 off the cost of buying and installing up to 40 workplace charging points.