ubitricity charge point on street at night

Grants now available for EV drivers without off-street parking

Nic Ryan

To further support electric vehicle (EV) drivers and families looking to switch to electric, the government is ensuring households without driveways or dedicated parking spaces can access the electric vehicle chargepoint grant.

The £350 grant will be widened to those who own or rent and have access to adequate street parking and will provide up to 75% of the cost of purchasing and installing a charge point.

EV drivers will require permission from their council to install a cross-pavement charging solution, and applications need to be made online.

“This Government has a plan to help speed up the installation of EV charge points, which we’re getting on and delivering,” said Technology and decarbonisation minister, Anthony Browne.

“This dedicated funding to local councils is part of our plan to ensure people can switch from a petrol or diesel car to an EV when they choose to do so."

LEVI funding has already helped to place almost 150 dedicated EV officers in councils to support charge point planning and delivery.

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Forum, chaired by ministers and AA president Edmund King, will hold its first meeting to discuss how best to tackle barriers and accelerate the delivery of charging infrastructure.

“I’m proud to be co-chairing the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Forum as I’m committed to helping consumers transition to zero emission vehicles and an efficient, affordable, accessible charging infrastructure is key to that,” said Edward King.

“I’m also confident that the UK’s brilliant charging and automotive industry can deliver and play a key part in the UK’s net zero ambitions.”

 “AA surveys show that one of the main reasons why many drivers are hesitant towards switching to EVs is the perception that there are not enough charging points.

“To give confidence to drivers now and for the future, we need to overcome these barriers which will help unlock cleaner, greener motoring for all.

“Extending grants to those without off-street parking is a step in the right direction.”

At the end of February 2024, there were 57,290 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 32,575 charging locations - a 47% increase in the total number of charging devices since February 2023.

Find more information on the growth rate of UK charge points, including which are the largest networks and the distribution of UK charging points by geographical area, on our EV charging statistics page.