The Government fund which gives grants to help with the installation of electric car charge points has been extended to include electric car owners in who live in leasehold or rented accommodation. Small businesses will also be able to benefit from the grant. The Department for Transport announced that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides up to £350 towards a chargepoint, will continue next year and be expanded.
At the same time, the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) will be opened up to smaller businesses and the charity sector. The changes will also mean that small accommodation businesses, such as B&Bs can benefit from the funding and provide charging for customers.
The Department has also launched a consultation on improving the overall electric car charging experience, with the aim of simplifying payments and increasing reliability. Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “Whether you’re on the school run or travelling to work, or don’t have access to a private parking space, today’s announcement will bring us one step closer to building and operating a public chargepoint network that is affordable, reliable and accessible for all drivers.”