Good news! If you’re a UK business, charity or public authority and looking to place charging stations for electric cars at work for staff and fleet vehicles, you could be eligible for a big discount! Yep, that’s right. There’s a government grant that allows you to purchase a charging point for a considerably lower price. Here’s how it works and how to apply.
First things first. The government grant originates from an OLEV policy. OLEV stands for Office for Low Emission Vehicles. OLEV’s core purpose is to support the early market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). “We are absolutely determined to reduce carbon emissions from transport as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle climate change,” says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The UK is committed to improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities. That’s why the government pledged a £290m sum to boost the industry of low emission vehicles. £80m of this amount is claimed for improving charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. To get more and more people behind the electric wheel, a good network of reliable charging points is key. That’s why the UK government will now make a £300 contribution for every charging point your company purchases, up to 20 sockets across all sites per business, charity or public sector organisation, to a maximum of £6,000!
Who can apply?
You’re eligible to apply for the grant if you’re a registered business, charity or public sector organisation (evidenced by a Companies House Reference, VAT Registration Number or HMRC Registration Letter) located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. You will have to be able to declare a need for EV charging equipment, or an intent to encourage uptake amongst staff and/or fleet. You must also have a dedicated off-street parking for your staff and/or fleet. In addition, you’ll need to either hold ownership over the property, or to have consent from the landlord(s) for the installation(s) listed in your application.
How can I apply?
Step 2: If your eligibility is confirmed, you’ll receive a message with a unique voucher code in five working days. The voucher will be valid for four months (120 days). If the installation can’t be completed within this time frame, you’ll need to re-apply for a new voucher.
Step 3: Redeem your voucher. You can only redeem your voucher with authorised installers. EV-Box can put you in contact with our authorised installers.
Step 4: The installer checks and submits the voucher. If everything’s verified, the installer will install the charging point(s) as agreed. The installer must provide evidence of the installation to OLEV.
Step 5: On receipt of the required evidence, OLEV makes a payment to the installer. OLEV aims to transfer the grant within thirty working days (starting from the grant claim being accepted). Your installer will claim the value of the voucher on your behalf. This value will then be deducted from your invoice.
When can I apply?
Whenever you think your workplace needs a charging point or when you’d like to encourage uptake amongst your staff and/or fleet. This grant is for new, yet to be installed charging points only. The grant is not applicable for second-hand or previously installed charging points. Please note, as there is a time restriction of four months for the voucher to be claimed against, it may be advisable to speak to one of our installers prior to applying for the voucher
Is there a limit to the number of charging points I can buy with the grant scheme?
Yes, there is. There is a maximum of 20 charging points across all the sites of your business, charity, or public sector organisation.
Learn more about the OLEV government grant with the Workplace charging scheme in this document. This Q&A-list may come in handy too. Our EV-Box team in the UK knows everything about this topic. Please don't hesistate to get in touch with us, if you want personal advise.
Kevin Pugh & Martyn Crabb
Team EV-Box UK & Ireland
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