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Electric vehicles and charging

Charging at home

Private cars typically remain stationary for long periods when parked at home overnight, making it the most convenient place to charge. The majority of EV owners charge their vehicles at home, enabling them to make the most of cheaper energy tariffs.

There’s more good news! The UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provides financial support for electric vehicle drivers, covering up to 75% of purchasing and installing a charger (up to £500). The scheme is called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Coventry City Council have partnered with EO Charging to guide you through the process.

How much do home chargers cost?

It is important to note that from 1 July 2019, only charge points that qualify as ‘smart’ qualify for the EVHS grant scheme. The grant is set as a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation, and is capped at £500 (incl. VAT) per eligible vehicle. The grant brings the cost of a fully installed smart 7 kW home unit to around £500.

Smart home charge points are typically operated by a smartphone App, and may have a variety of useful capabilities, such as:

  • Remotely controlling your charge point
  • Scheduling your charging sessions
  • Prioritising your charging according to your home energy tariff
  • Charging from your home solar system
  • Charging from your home battery storage

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

OLEV’s EVHS grant makes up a 75% contribution to the price of a fully installed eligible charge point, up to a maximum of £500. For more information on the eligibility criteria for the EVHS grant, see our OLEV Grant Guide.

Guidance on the application and installation process.

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