Drivers urged to ‘move fast’ as major grant which could save £350 runs out next month

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The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides grant funding of up to £350 towards the cost of a home charge point ends from March 31. As the deadline approaches, drivers are being warned to make use of the funding with some organisations seeing surging numbers of requests.

Rightcharge are warning that anybody requesting a charge point install does so as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.

Charlie Cook, Founder of Rightcharge, said: “We’ve seen a 100 percent rise in in the number of requests for charge point installs between December and January which indicates that Brits are moving fast to take advantage of the OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) grant before it’s too late.

“Major charge point providers removed the opportunity to access the grant for direct enquiries in late 2022.

“We have been able to continue offering access to the grant through January, however, this may only last a few more days.

“We work with over 50 of the best charge point manufacturers and installers in the UK and will connect you to the one most suitable to your personal needs and circumstances.

“The cost of standard variable tariffs is about to rocket by 54 percent from April 1 as Ofgem increases the price cap.

“Electric car drivers are in a unique position as they’re able to reduce bills by switching to an EV-friendly home energy tariff, many of which offer reduced electricity rates overnight.

“By switching away from a variable tariff to an EV-friendly tariff, drivers can schedule for overnight charging and reduce their bills by an average of around £300 per year.

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From April 2022, the EVHS will no longer be open to homeowners (including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing.

Installations in single-unit properties need to be completed by March 31 and a claim submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by April 30, 2022.

The scheme will remain open to homeowners who live in flats and people in rental accommodation such as flats and single-use properties.

The Government recently announced that developers will be required by law to install EV chargepoints in new homes, supermarkets and workplaces.

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