New UK grant scheme helps EV owners and drivers get a home chargepoint

New UK grant scheme helps EV owners and drivers get a home chargepoint

The UK government has announced the next phase of support for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer said the new scheme would see GBP9m (US$15.5m) made available for owners of any ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) -  and also drivers with regular access to one for work - who want a chargepoint installed at their home. The government would provide up to 75% of the total cost of the chargepoint and installation, up to a maximum of GBP900 ($1,550).

The new domestic charge point scheme will come into effect on 1 September and run until 31 March, 2015, or until the funding runs out.

In February 2013, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) launched a GBP13.5m (US$23m) grant scheme subsidising householders installing technology to recharge ULEVs at home.

London already has Europe's largest urban chargepoint network, with more chargepoints than petrol stations and, by the end of this year, there will be rapid chargepoints in every motorway service station in England which will allow drivers to recharge their cars in the time it takes to buy a coffee.

The original funding for domestic chargepoints has now been fully allocated and, to ensure continued support for both consumers and the industry, this new grant scheme has been launched.