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Can I get a free electric car charger installed at home?

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The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints.

The contribution is limited to the 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant.

Applicants will apply for the scheme using the online application portal. If eligibility checks are successful, applicants will be issued with a unique identification voucher code via email, which can then be given to any OZEV-authorised WCS installer.

The Department for Transport (DfT) recently announced the WCS will be expanded to include small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and the charity sector, as part of a £50m boost. 

The changes to the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) will mean that small accommodation businesses, such as B&Bs can benefit from the funding, helping rural areas, says the DfT.

The Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) also provides a grant of up to £350 towards the cost of purchasing a home charging point.

To qualify, a person must own, lease, or have ordered a qualifying vehicle (including as a company car) and have dedicated off-street parking at their property. The EVHS will continue in 2022 and be expanded to target people in rented and leasehold accomodation

Through the Energy Saving Trust Scotland, the Scottish Government offers Scottish residents and additional grant of up to £300, on top of EVHS.

Find out more about EV charging options

Source: Fleet News

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