Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)

BlueBuild are proud to announce we are now authorised installers of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and approved installers for EO Charging.

WHAT IS EVHS?

To help private plug-in vehicle owners offset some of the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of a dedicated domestic recharging unit, the Government is running the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Customers who are the registered keeper, lessee or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle may receive up to 75% (capped at £500, including VAT) off the total capital costs of the chargepoint and associated installation costs.

CHOOSING AN AUTHORISED INSTALLER

All installers need to apply to OLEV for authorisation to install approved chargepoints. Unauthorised installers cannot claim the grant on your behalf so we strongly advise you to check that your chosen installer is authorised by OLEV under this scheme. BlueBuild have been approved by OLEV to install the following chargepoints under this scheme.

• EG009

• EG009-T1

• EG009-T2

• EG010

• EG010-T1

• EG010-T2

We supply, fit and commission the Charge Point in your home and you pay £249.00 (including VAT) when you order from us. We look after the paperwork and the OLEV grant covers the rest!

  • We aim to fit your new charging point within 7-10 days.
  • We install all of our EV chargepoints in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for EV charging.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q1 How do I arrange for a chargepoint to be installed?

You will need to contact an installer who has been approved by OLEV. The contact details of the authorised installers can be found on the OLEV website. Your charging requirements will depend on the vehicle you wish to charge and the location of the chargepoint installation at your property so we advise you to discuss your needs with a chargepoint installers.

Q2 Do I have to pay upfront and claim it back?

The authorised chargepoint installer will claim the 75% (capped at £500) on your behalf. How the remaining cost is to be met should be agreed with your installer prior to installation.. In any event, you should satisfy yourself whether you are expected to pay the remaining cost, and if not who will be paying for it, before the installation takes place. The grant will only be paid in arrears (i.e. once installation is complete).

Q3 How do I know the chargepoint I get installed is eligible for the grant?

The chargepoint installed must meet a minimum specification. Chargepoint installers and their chargepoints must be authorised by OLEV in order for the grant to be claimed.

Q4 Do I have to have a plug-in vehicle?

Yes. You will need to be the registered keeper, leaseholder or be nominated as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle.

Q5 Is there a limit on the number of chargepoints I can claim for?

Yes. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant is limited to one installation at a domestic residence per eligible vehicle, up to a maximum of two chargepoints at a single residence. In order to claim for two chargepoint units at the same address the customer must have two eligible electric vehicles that have not been used to claim previously under the EVHS or DRS. In addition, upon claiming your second chargepoint, you will need to provide the VRN of your first vehicle, or – where it is on order or is being leased privately or through your employer – valid evidence of ownership, as outlined in Section 2. If you are applying for your second chargepoint at a single residence, it is vitally important that when your installer informs the Distribution Network Operator, they must clearly state that this is a second chargepoint, and give the combined current of the two chargepoints in amps, e.g. 2 x 16A charge points installed at a total of 32A. No more than 2 chargepoints can be funded at one property irrespective of how many vehicles are registered there.

Q6 Who is eligible to claim this grant?

Eligibility is as follows: Individuals who have taken ownership of a new eligible electric vehicle on or after 1 April 2015 as long as they have not claimed against the previous chargepoint schemes. • Individuals who have become registered keeper of a second-hand electric vehicle on or after 1 April 2015 are entitled to claim the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme Grant as long as they have not claimed against previous domestic chargepoint schemes. • Individuals who are assigned a company car for at least six months on or after 1 April 2015. • Individuals who lease an eligible vehicle for at least six months on or after 1 April 2015. • Individuals who are named by their employer as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle for at least six months on or after 1 April 2015. If the named individual changes within six months, a second grant cannot be claimed. • Individuals who can prove that they have ordered an eligible electric vehicle and the vehicle will be received on or after 1 September 2015. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact DVLA at chargepointgrantenq@dvla.gsi.gov.uk.

Q7 I bought or took use of a vehicle prior to 1 April 2015. Can I be granted an exception to have a chargepoint installed?

No, we do not offer exceptions to this eligibility criteria. This is because the policy intention of this scheme is to encourage further uptake of electric vehicles by reducing costs at the point of purchase.

Q8 I am getting a lease vehicle that has not yet been delivered. What supporting evidence do you require?

Annex D outlines the list of accepted evidence if a car is on order. If you have not received formal documentation from the leasing provider confirming your order there is an option for them to supply a letter. This should give the name and address of the customer, the vehicle make and model, confirmation you will have use of the vehicle for a minimum of 6 months and the expected delivery date.

Q9 I am VAT registered. Can I put it through my company’s accounts?

No. The grant is for private individuals only and who will not reclaim the VAT back through HMRC. The grant covers 75% of the total cost including VAT, up to £500.

Q10 Can a household with two vehicles that are eligible for the Plug in Car Grant or Plug-in Van grant have 2 OLEV-funded domestic chargepoints?

Yes, however it is vitally important that when a DNO notification is done in these circumstances, it clearly states that this is a second chargepoint, and gives the combined current of the two chargepoints in amps, e.g. 2 x 16A charge points installed at a total of 32A. If this is not clear on the DNO notification, then the claim will be rejected. No more than 2 chargepoints can be funded at one property irrespective of how many vehicles are registered there.

Q11 I have a vehicle with a 3-pin cable. Can I get a 3-pin socket installed?

No. 3-pin socket installations or chargepoints with 3-pin sockets are not eligible for the grant.

Q12 I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Can I claim the grant?

Yes.

Q13 I live outside the UK, but bought the vehicle in the UK. Can I claim the grant?

No. The chargepoint must be installed at a UK address.

Q14 I would like to find out more, what should I do?

If you have questions regarding which chargepoint will meet your needs you should discuss this with your chosen accredited chargepoint installer or your vehicle manufacturer or dealer. 11 If you have questions about the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which have not been answered by this document then contact DVLA at chargepointgrantenq@dvla.gsi.gov.uk

Q15 I have a complaint regarding my chargepoint installed under the grant scheme, what should I do?

If you have any issues with the chargepoint or installer, you should try to resolve these with the chargepoint installer in the first instance. If you feel that your issues are not being addressed, contact DVLA at chargepointgrantenq@dvla.gsi.gov.uk. If your complaint is related to a chargepoint installed under the domestic chargepoint grant and which is not meeting the minimum requirements of the grant, we will endeavour to help you resolve those issues.

Q16 Can a householder move a chargepoint that has been installed under EVHS or the previous domestic chargepoint scheme?

You must contact OLEV at chargepoint.grants@olev.gsi.gov.uk requesting permission to move the chargepoint, confirming the current post code and chargepoint ID and providing the address and post code to which you wish to move the chargepoint so that our records can be updated. OLEV will not contribute to the costs of moving a chargepoint to a new address.

Q17 I am not going be at home on the day of installation - will this installation still be eligible?

Yes. The customer must still sign Part A of Annex D, but no more than 6 weeks prior to the date of installation. Any application that includes a Part A dated more than 6 weeks prior to installation will not be approved. A third party can sign the rest of the application where necessary.

Q18 The company used in Annex I is not VAT-registered and/or registered with Companies House – can they still be used in this application?

Yes, but they must be able to attach evidence that they are registered as a company with HMRC.

Q19 Why do you require so much information per grant claim? We are seeking to reduce the risk of fraudulent activity and ensure the value for money when spending public funds. We require enough evidence to demonstrate that a cost has been incurred and paid at market value in order to pay a grant in arrears. Any evidence of non-compliance, mis-representing the grant, or inflating costs will be acted on and payments will not be made.

Q20 The estimated date of delivery of my vehicle is not the same as that which appears on my order form, what do I do?

Please provide your new estimated delivery date in the adjacent box in Part A, Section 1, and a brief explanation as to why this date has changed since you received your order form. For example: I have been informed that the delivery has been delayed

Q21 I do not currently have dedicated off-street parking, but I have council permission to construct a driveway/my driveway is currently under construction, can I have a chargepoint fitted ahead of my driveway being completed?

No. There needs to be evidence of designated off-street parking with the application in order for it to be approved, a confirmation letter does not oblige the customer to proceed with the construction and we therefore cannot rely on it as evidence.

Q22 My circumstances have changed since I signed Part A ahead of the date of installation, is my application still valid?

Depending on what the change is, there is a strong possibility your application will no longer be valid. You MUST immediately contact your installer to inform them of this change and they will be able to tell you whether you are still eligible to have a chargepoint installed (although you may have to fill out Part A again) or if the change has invalidated your application. If you proceed with your installation following a change in your circumstances that has invalidated your application, OLEV reserve the right to take any action it deems appropriate to reclaim the benefit.

Q23 I was not able to provide a VRN when I signed Part A of my application form, what should I do?

a) If you become aware of your VRN before the date of installation, you must ensure that this is provided on Part B of the application. If you aren’t going to be at the property on the day of installation, please ensure a third-party is able to provide it for you.

b) If you become aware of your VRN at any other point 28 days after taking delivery of your vehicle, you must provide this to OLEV via chargepointgrants@olev.gsi.gov.uk Any customers who do not provide this information will be in breach of their declaration and OLEV reserve the right to take any action it deems appropriate in order to reclaim the benefit. Q26. I have not been in possession of my vehicle for the minimum 6-month period and I am no longer in possession of my vehicle, what should I do? You MUST inform OLEV immediately via chargepoint.grants@olev.gsi.gov.uk as your declaration has been invalidated. If the VRN of this vehicle is used by the next owner to claim a chargepoint, the vehicle will be flagged as a duplicate. If you have not informed OLEV of this change, we will investigate and, where appropriate, take any steps to reclaim the benefit.

All FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme-guidance-for-customers-version-21

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