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Oxfordshire-based EZ-Charge urges the government to cut VAT on public EV charging

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Oxfordshire’s EZ-Charge is urging the government to cut VAT on public EV charging to encourage more people to transition to electric vehicles.
Philip Shadbolt OBE, founder and CEO of Oxfordshire-based EZ-Charge is urging the government to cut VAT on public EV charging to encourage more people to transition to electric vehicles.

Oxfordshire-based Charge Point Operator EZ-Charge is calling for the government to cut VAT on public EV charging as an incentive to encourage more people to transition to electric vehicles.

Currently, VAT is charged at 20% on public EV charging, four times the 5% for drivers who charge at home.

Annual figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders this month revealed sales of battery-electric vehicles increased by almost 50,000 in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Philip Shadbolt OBE, founder and CEO of EZ-Charge, has called for the government to remove VAT on public charging to improve affordability and drive a faster public transition to EVs.

He said: “We are in the thick of a climate emergency and a cost-of-living crisis, so it’s the right thing to do.

“Clean motoring technology is crucial to meeting the UK’s climate goals, and we must be bolder and move faster with more measures to encourage people to change their behaviour and switch to EVs.

“Removing as many barriers to entry as possible is key to making it easier for people to switch.

“Parity in VAT between home and public charging would create a fairer landscape and help continue growth of the sector.”

EZ-Charge manages one of the UK’s largest regional public charging networks, Park & Charge Oxfordshire, with 250 chargers across 20 sites in the county.

The company, based in Bicester, has developed one of the market’s most advanced software systems, the EZ-Charge dashboard, which provides live access to the most powerful data from its chargers.

Its team supports the public and private sectors in following the transition to electrification.

“Many electric vehicle drivers charge at public charging hubs and it’s vital the UK makes owning an EV as attractive as possible,” added Mr Shadbolt OBE.

“More and more drivers are choosing to go electric, reflecting a national trend in what has been a landmark year for the UK, with more than 50,000 public chargers now installed.

“With increased support 2024 can be the year to take it to the next level.”

The reduced rate of VAT is known as the ‘de minimis’ provision and applies if the supply of electricity is ongoing, is to a person’s house or building and is less than 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

De minimis currently does not apply to electricity supplies in public places because they are not supplied to one person.



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