Coinciding with the day that the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) £350 grant ended, the UK’s leading driveway sharing platform, JustPark, has launched its new EV Rewards programme with a matching £350 JustCharge Grant to go towards buying and installing a home charging unit.
This new grant will hopefully help drivers who are wanting to make the switch to an electric car just a little bit easier and affordable. With the OZEV grant (formerly OLEV) ending at the end of March, the first incentive of £350 through the JustCharge EV Rewards Programme is available to all homeowners who apply for it.
The grant will be taken off the total cost of buying and installing a home charging unit and with 500 grants available, the application process is now open to all homeowners who have off-street parking. It is available to drivers who do not currently own an EV, which was a stipulation of the government grant, and will help more households make the switch to electric by assisting them with their own private charging infrastructure before purchasing their first electric vehicle.
A vetting process will take place by JustPark in awarding the grants to applicants, and if chosen, they could earn £700 in a year on average, as they will be enrolled in the JustCharge community charging network for a minimum of 12 months, which is a mandatory requirement for getting the grant.
With the 2030 ban on the sale of Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) drawing ever closer, the demand for a comprehensive public charging infrastructure is outstripping supply. Therefore, JustCharge can help ease the transition to going electric by creating a national network of driveway charging spaces, making the switch more viable and cost effective. With more than 50 percent of UK households not having access to off-street parking or charging facilities, and home charging points typically being free 90 percent of the time, JustCharge can offer a way for charging point owners to offset their EV ownership costs by renting their charger to other EV drivers without off-street parking or charging facilities.
Mike Strahlman, Director of EV, JustPark, commented:
“The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant was a helping hand for many looking to make the switch to electric, supporting drivers with some of the upfront costs. Through our new JustPark EV Rewards programme, we want to step in to support our community by providing incentives and rewards. Our first, a direct replacement for the OZEV grant, is limited to 500 grants initially, and we’ll be looking for homeowners to join our JustCharge community for a minimum of 12 months. In that time [12 months], they can earn an uncapped figure and on average £700 on top of the savings on an installed EV charger, whilst enabling their neighbours to switch to EVs too.”
If you would like to apply for the JustPark £350 grant, please visit www.justpark.com/ev/grant. You have until 23:59 on 30th April 2022 to make your application, with successful applicants being contacted in May.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of JustPark