Government grants

The Government is offering a selection of grants making it more affordable for you to own an electric vehicle. These grants not only support the cost of purchase, but can also help you save money when choosing to install a charging station at your home or place of work.

Grants for your car


Road tax savings

Driving a low-emission vehicle can dramatically reduce the amount of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), commonly known as the road tax, you pay. Zero-emission vehicles are completely exempt.

Grants for your home


If your home has off-street parking, a wall-box can charge your electric vehicle faster than a standard 3-pin domestic plug. The Government offers a grant that supports the cost of the charger. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme supports up to 75% of the cost, capped at £350 including VAT, off the installation price. The electric vehicle home charge scheme grant is now only available to rental or leasehold properties.

Home grant – home wall box installation

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) offers grants that put money towards the cost of installing a charger at your home.

Scotland incentive – home wall box installation

Scotland incentive – Home wall box installation If you live in Scotland, the home charging grant is available through the Energy Saving Trust.

Grants for your business


If you want to encourage your employees to make the switch to electric, the Government will support £350 of the installation cost for every charge point you install (maximum of 40 chargepoints). What’s more, electric drivers won’t incur any Benefit in Kind charges for electricity used at work. 

Workplace charging scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that gives businesses financial support towards installing chargers on their premises.

Tax incentives

You can claim capital allowances on electric company cars.

Grants for company car drivers


Lower benefit in kind (BiK) taxes

Because Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) is calculated based on your car’s emissions, driving electric can help you save.

BiK exemption on charging stations

The Government’s tax rules state that where an employer provides charging stations for their employees, no taxable benefit will arise.

Grant FAQs

What is the plug-in grant?

The plug-in grant is a scheme to encourage people to switch to electric driving. The government introduced this scheme to help buyers balance out some of the cost of a new electric vehicle.


What is the home charging scheme?

The home charging scheme is a subsidy provided by the government of up to 75% towards the cost of installing an electric vehicle charge point at your home in the UK.


What is the workplace charging scheme?

The workplace charging scheme is a grant the government are offering for employers to receive £350 off the installation price for each charging station they put in.


How do I qualify for OLEV grant?

To qualify for OLEV’s EVHS grant, you need to have leased an eligible electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle for at least six months, or have purchased one on or after 1st October 2016 onwards. In addition:


  • You must have off-street parking.
  • You must install an OLEV-approved chargepoint.
  • The date of installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of the date of delivery or date the customer becomes the registered driver of the electric vehicle.
  • You must use an OLEV-approved chargepoint installer like Pod Point.

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