Domestic Electric Car (EV) Charging Points

EV Charging at Home

Electric vehicles have become more popular and more affordable at an exponential rate. 2023 alone saw a 40% increase in uptake in Electric Vehicles. Ever increasing fuel costs provide yet another compelling reason for a serious look at Electric Vehicles. The beauty of electric vehicle ownership is  you are “off grid”. Your fuel supply can now be as simple as plugging in at home rather than waiting in queues at the petrol pump. So it’s no wonder that it is now more convenient than ever to invest in an EV and EV charger. MP Walden are a fully certified Domestic EV Charger Installer based in Newbury, Berkshire. We’re experienced in anything to do with EV Home Charger Installation and have been conducting home EV charge point installations for many years. 

MP Walden Ltd have been approved by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and are on the current list of EVHS approved installers. Using a government approved installer is a must if you want to claim a government grant for your charger.

Office For Zero Emission Vehicles Approved

The benefits of Home Charging

If you can charge an electric car (or plug-in hybrid vehicle) at your home, you’re going to benefit from having both the most convenient and the cheapest way to charge your electric vehicle.

Charging at home works out significantly cheaper than filling up a traditional petrol or diesel car, especially at the moment where the cost of petrol and diesel is near its highest point for 40 years. And this is despite the increase in energy costs over the last few years. The tariffs available from electricity suppliers currently allow consumers to charge on cheaper rates overnight meaning there are significant cost benefits over traditional fuels still.

The convenience of home charging is particular relevant as the current public charging network is no where near robust enough to satisfy the growing number of Electric Vehicle owners.

To charge an electric vehicle at home you’ll need off-road parking, like a driveway or a garage. You’ll also need to be able to get wherever you’re planning to charge from. And finally you’ll need a wall box installed. Without one of these your left to trickle-charging your electric car via a standard three-pin plug and this can take more than 30 hours!

MP Walden Simpson & Partners EV Charger install
EV Charger Grants for people living in flats and landlords

Incentives

To boost the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles is offering both commercial and domestic customers grants. These are designed to help with the costs of installing EV charging stations at home and in the workplace.

Here’s what you need to know about the eligibility for each scheme and how you can help your customers get the financial support they are entitled to. (Recently the grants available have changed. As a result we’ve put together a guide of what grants are available as of 2024, you can read it here.)

Get Help – Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Grant

Flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties can benefit from significant savings on EV charging stations via the EV Chargepoint Grant. You need to have off-street parking to be eligible. The grant provides a 75% contribution – up to a maximum of £350 – off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charging point. This can cut the cost of installing an EV charger at home by about a third.

Most electric and hybrid plug-in cars are eligible.

Where is the old scheme?

The government announced last year that as of 1st April 2022 the EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme) will no longer be open to homeowners living in single unit properties. This means semi-detached, detached and terrace houses and bungalows. It includes people with mortgages.

The replacement for this scheme is now the Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Grant for homeowners who live in flats and those who rent. That means house owners who wanted to take advantage of the grant must have had their installations completed by 31 March 2022. At present the government has given no indication that the old scheme will be reintroduced at any point.

What do I need to qualify for the EV Chargepoint grant?

  • You need to own, lease or have ordered a qualifying vehicle (the eligible vehicle list can be found here.)
  • You will need to have dedicated off-street parking at your property
  • You must live in rental accommodation or own a flat

If you’re in any doubt as to your eligibility please give us a call. This is a new scheme and so currently details are still emerging. Individual eligibility circumstances e.g. you’ve previously claimed under another scheme, will need to be consulted upon, which we can do on your behalf. Further details can be found on the government website.

Both the charging point and the installer must be OZEV approved. To receive the grant, the date of installation must not be more than four months ahead of delivery or registration date.

MP Walden are an EVHS authorised installers and can be found on the Government approved list here.

EV Chargepoint Grant for Landlords

A new scheme is available which provides funding to install electric vehicle chargepoints as a landlord, social housing provider or property factor in their rental and leasehold properties. This scheme replaces the old Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). The scheme is open to:

  • landlord of a property that lets the property
  • right to manage (RTM) company
  • companies owning the freehold of a leased or rented property
  • companies owning a building’s common areas. The company may comprise shareholders who are the leaseholders. The company may also manage the building
  • property factor listed on the property factor register
  • private registered providers of social housing (PRP)
  • public authorities, such as government departments and their agencies, the armed forces, local governments, the NHS and emergency services
  • charities

Eligibility

You must be registered at Companies House. If not, you must be VAT registered with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you are not registered at either, you will not be eligible for the grant. To access the grant a landlord must first register. They can then appoint an OZEV approved installer who can claim on their behalf. The grant provides funding towards the cost of buying and installing EV chargepoints. Chargepoints may be able to charge one or more vehicles simultaneously, depending on the number of sockets they have.

The grant amount given is per chargepoint socket installed. It provides up to 75% of the cost towards the purchase and installation of a chargepoint socket, limited to £350 per grant.

Landlords can receive up to 200 grants a year for residential properties, and a further 100 for commercial properties. These may be across a number of properties and installations or just for one property.

Getting Access to the Grant

To access the installation grant, please contact us in the first instance. As a specialist Domestic EV Charger Installer based in Berkshire we know all you need to know to proceed. We’ll even make the application on your behalf. Contact on email info@mpwalden.co.uk

Why choose MP Walden to install your EV Charger?

Fully qualified and experienced

With over 10 years worth of experience as an Domestic and Commercial electrician and having completed all available courses (including NICEIC qualifications), you can trust MP Walden Ltd to install your Electric Vehicle Charger professionally and safely.

Government Approved Installer

MP Walden Ltd have been approved by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and are on the current list of EVHS approved installers. Using a government approved installer is a must if you want to claim a government grant for your charger.

Committed to Environmental Sustainability

As a company, we strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and are committed to helping rebuild areas affected by deforestation & reducing carbon in the atmosphere. As a result we are now working with our charity partner, Ecologi. So how do we contribute? For every EV charger we install, we plant a tree on your behalf

What Chargers do we Supply & Install?

We supply and install a wide range of high quality EV Charging Points from a selection of the major manufacturers including myenergi, Easee, Simpson & Partners and Hypervolt. We cater for all budgets. If you’re looking for a Domestic EV Charger Installer in Berkshire, just give us a call and we’ll arrange a site visit and carry out a survey to ensure the best solution for you. We’ll provide honest advice about providing the best and most cost effective installation for your home.

We’ll also help with completing any grant applications. Grants and government legislation surrounding electric vehicles are changing all the time. We ensure we’re always 100% up to date with the latest information so you don’t need to be. We’ve even got a Frequently Asked Question page dedicated to questions around EV Charging. And as Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle Chargers have been around for several years now, we also offer a repairs service, should the worst happen and your electric vehicle charger stops working. You can view examples of some of the EV Chargers we have installed in our EV Charger Installation Gallery.