Major EV Boost On Home Charging

Wed 26th May 2021

A record number of government grants for home charging devices were made in 2020, another example of the continuing growth of electrification of the British driving public.

Figures released by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles found that 42,000 grants were made last year, to the value of almost £17m. The scheme which was launched in 2014 sees homeowners granted 75 per cent of the cost of installing an electric vehicle charger, under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

The news will prove to be a big boost to the Government’s plans to turn the nation onto a greener driving future, with a proposed ban on the sale of new petrol or diesel engines from 2030. Boris Johnson's government had previously pledged to invest £2.8 billion in electric vehicles, and the charging point infrastructure is very much at the heart of those plans.

The South East of England is leading the way for uptake of the grants, with 735 applications per 100,000 homes - Northern Ireland is lagging behind at the other end of the scale with only 319. “Easy access to recharging points is crucial to meeting the government’s ambitious targets for electric vehicle use, but there is much work to do to meet the government’s plans. Research suggests that an investment of £16.7bn is needed on the public charging infrastructure alone – excluding local grid network updates,” said Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone who published the data.

“While grant funding take-up for charging devices shot up last year, it will need to increase to ensure that more than two million new vehicles sold each year can access electric charging points as the 2030 deadline draws closer.”

The news on charger grants reflects news released last week that that new EV registrations jumped by 87 per cent in 2020, despite new registrations overall dropping by 27 per cent.