To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking (a) to improve the time taken to allocate grants under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EHVS) and (b) make the grant allocation process under the EHVS easier for installers.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EHVS) has been available since October 2016, providing a grant of up to £500 towards the cost of a home chargepoint for purchasers of new or second hand eligible electric vehicles. Demand has increased significantly which has led to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles processing a higher than usual number of applications. As the market for electric vehicles continues to grow the Government will keep the scheme under review and implement operational improvements where appropriate. While reviewing the scheme we will take into consideration the views and needs of motorists and chargepoint installers.