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EV Chargepoint grant scheme: statistics and information

Is your business ready for electric vehicles? Here are some up to date information and statistics around the electric vehicle market.

Last Updated: 26th February 2024


  • In 2022 more than one in ten of new vehicles bought being electric
  • Electric vehicles are now second most popular car purchase just below petrol
  • There is an estimated 660,000 EVs on the road in the UK and 445,000
    plug-in hybrids
  • There are 36,752 public electric chargers in the UK with only 712 being rapid.
  • EV owners have been shown to spend up to 3x more time in stores they charge at than normal visitors.

Electric Vehicle Registrations and Sales in the UK

According to the SMMT, the significant growth in the popularity of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) continued throughout 2022 with annual sales exceeding 267,000. This represents a 40% increase in sales on 2021 with BEV’s now second only to Petrol engine cars for new registrations.
Meanwhile, Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) sales were down by 11.5% reflecting the trend towards BEV ownership as battery ranges continue to increase. It means demand for charging infrastructure is at an all-time high with in excess of 1.1 million plug-in cars now registered in the UK. This figure is expected to escalate to around 8 million EV’s by 2030 – so unprecedented levels of investment in EV charging infrastructure is urgently needed if the UK is to achieve these objectives.


YTD 2022 YTD 2021 % Change Market share 2022 Market share 2021
Diesel 82,981 135,773 -38.90% 5.1% 8.2%
Petrol 682,473 762,103 -10.40% 42.3% 46.3%
MHEV diesel 72,343 98,753 -26.70% 4.5% 6.0%
MHEV petrol 219,701 198,025 10.90% 13.6% 12.0%
BEV 267,203 190,727 40.10% 16.6% 11.6%
PHEV 101,414 114,554 -11.50% 6.3% 7.0%
HEV 187,948 147,246 27.60% 11.6% 8.9%
TOTAL 1,614,063 1,647,181 -2.00%

The rise in registered electric vehicles in the UK between 2020 - 202177%

The Government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure strategy

In March 2022, the UK government unveiled plans for a tenfold expansion in chargepoints for EV’s by 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be phased out.

The road to 2030 is full of challenges with sales of new EV’s outstripping the growth in public chargepoint installations. As a result, the government is investing £1.6 billion in order to expand the UK charging network with the goal of creating 300,000 public chargers by 2030.

The investment plan also includes:
£500 million public chargepoints for communities including a £450 million Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund aimed at boosting on-street charging for households without driveways.
The existing Rapid Charging Fund, worth £950 million will be focussed on the creation of 6,000 super-fast motorway chargepoints by 2025.
With additional investment coming from private chargepoint operators, around 100,000 on-street chargepoints will be installed by 2025.

Public chargepoints will only form part of the solution with support also available for private car park charging points as well as private flats, apartment blocks, and workplaces via OZEV grants.

The purchase cost of EV’s will also need to come down significantly to clear the road to 2030. According to Autotrader, new EV’s on average cost 36% more than their equivalent fossil-fuelled cars. However, EV owners do benefit by saving £124 for every 1000 miles driven with even greater savings available through the use of domestic chargers during off-peak periods.

The success or otherwise of the UK’s journey towards carbon-neutral vehicles will depend, in part, on the speed of the chargepoint installation roll-out. But the question of how quickly manufactures can align the cost of purchasing EV’s with consumer expectations, is perhaps, of equal significance.

The number of public EV charge points expected to be available by 2030300,000

Frequently asked questions

How can I apply for an OZEV grant?

Before you apply for an OZEV grant, you first need to identify which grant will be fit your needs. You may need improvements to your electricity supply infrastructure before you can arrange for EV chargepoints to be installed. The OZEVgrants.com team can guide you through the application process and advise you on chargepoint equipment that is eligible for grant support. 

How does the OZEV grant scheme work?

The government provides OZEV grants to encourage the use of electric and hybrid vehicles. 

If your application for a chargepoint grant is approved, your installer will claim the grant on your behalf. This involves uploading your invoice along with photos of the chargepoints and supporting documentation. Your final invoice from the installer will include the grant discount. 

The grant application process, criteria, and preparation for each type of OZEV grant differs, however, here is an example of a 7-step process for how the EV Chargepoint grant for staff and fleets could work: 

  1. Contact the OZEVgrants.com team for help choosing an OZEV-authorised installer. Once you’ve chosen an installer, ask them for their OZEV installer number. The installer will need to treat each application as one job and provide a single invoice at the end of the installation process
  2. Make sure you’ve chosen an OZEV-approved commercial chargepoint model. Contact the OZEVgrants.com team for help choosing an OZEV-approved commercial chargepoint model
  3. Carefully complete the OZEV Grant Application Form 
  4. Your installer can start work as soon as your grant application is approved
  5. Once the work is completed, your installer will then claim the grant on your behalf. This involves uploading your invoice along with photos of the chargepoints and a diagram of the carpark. Your final invoice will include the grant discount 
  6. You’ll then receive an email from OZEV and you’ll have 7 working days to review the information and inform OZEV if any of the details are incorrect. 
  7. If no adjustments are required, there’s no need to contact OZEV as they will automatically pay the grant to your installer once the 7 working days have expired.

When will the OZEV grant funding scheme end?

The EV infrastructure and chargepoint grants have an official closing date of 31st March 2024 at 11.59pm. However, OZEV reserves the right to change the eligibility rules with 4 weeks’ notice. This won’t affect vouchers already issued. The next scheduled review of the OZEV Grant provision is set for March 2023. As the Government scales back its spending plans, the scheme could be at risk of cancellation. We recommend submitting your application now because a delay could mean your organisation misses out.



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