The EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme is currently accepting application
The EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme
Electric vehicles ("EVs") have no tailpipe emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles with EVs can help improve roadside air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In view of the rapid development of EV technology, electric private cars ("e-PCs") may become the main stream vehicles in the foreseeable future. To support the wider use of e-PCs, the Government has been sparing no efforts in enhancing the EV charging infrastructure and network.
The Government rolled out a $2 billion "EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme" ("EHSS") to subsidise the installation of EV charging-enabling infrastructure ("EVCEI") in car parks of existing private residential buildings, and hence further facilitate EV owners to install EV chargers at car parks of their residences according to their own needs in the future in a simple and easy manner. The EHSS will run for about 3 years with a view to covering roughly 60,000 private parking spaces. Processing of applications is on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is used up.
Key Steps to Participate in the EHSS
Check if the car park is eligible for the EHSS (Eligibility);
Hold meeting of the owners’ corporation or meeting of all owners, as the case may be, to pass resolutions for applying for the EHSS (Submission of Application)(Annex 1);
For applicant of all owners, seek independent legal opinion to confirm and certify that resolutions may be passed at the meetings of the owners and such resolutions shall be binding on all the owners of the building(s) concerned (Submission of Application);
Seek written advice from the power company for preliminary assessment on the power supply capacity available (Submission of Application);
Submit completed Application Form and required documents to the Environmental Protection Department ("EPD") (Submission of Application);
If the application is successful, procure the services of a consultant to prepare the works specifications for the installation of the EV charging-enabling infrastructure (Annex 2), and inform the EPD the name of the consultant selected and the contract sum for the consultant’s service;
Sign an initial subsidy agreement with the Government (initial subsidy agreement) after signing the contract with the selected consultant;
Seek approval from the EPD of the final coverage of parking spaces and the specifications of the installation works of the EVCEI;
Procure the services of a contractor to carry out the installation works (Annex 2), and inform the EPD the name of the contractor selected and the contract sum to be paid to the contractor for the installation works;
Sign a further subsidy agreement (further subsidy agreement) with the Government after signing the contract with the selected contractor;
Monitor the conduct of the installation works and submit bi-monthly progress reports of the installation works to the EPD;
Open a dedicated bank account or designate a dedicated bank account for the subsidy to be granted under the EHSS;
Submit claim form with supporting documents to the EPD for release of subsidy;
Pay the consultant and contractor according to the terms of payment in the relevant contracts;
Keep books of account for inspection by the EPD; and
Operate and maintain the EV charging-enabling infrastructure installed.
The EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme (“EHSS”) is well received. According to the latest position, the total amount of subsidies reserved for applications received has reached the ceiling of the total funding of EHSS (i.e. $2 billion). Therefore, after verifying that the applicants have submitted all required documents, the applications may be placed on a waiting list. When the previous approved-in-principle applications progressively completed the tendering for the installation works, applications on the waiting list may receive subsidies if funds remain available under the EHSS.
Please note that priority under the EHSS is accorded on a first-come-first-served basis, which is determined according to the date on which each applicant submits all required documents (the date shown in the postmark will be used for submission by mail).
12 May 2021
Notice of Office Removal
Due to office removal, effective from 15 June 2021, submission of applications for the EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme by mail or in-person should be made to the following address -
Electric Vehicle Section (3) Air Policy Division Environmental Protection Department 33/F, Revenue Tower 5 Gloucester Road Wan Chai Hong Kong