Grant for employers towards electric vehicle charge points
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
The scheme from the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), offers a grant of £300 per socket for companies to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points up to a maximum of 20 sockets.
Businesses, charities or public authorities can claim the grant towards the cost of installing charge points, as long as they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use.
Installation has to be carried out by an approved OLEV installer, which can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/workplace-charging-scheme-approved-chargepoint-list
There is no need for the company to have a plug-in vehicle on its books, but a need must be declared on application. That can include plans to add plug-in vehicles to the company’s fleet, or as an incentive to encourage uptake of plug-in vehicles amongst staff. The grant can only be claimed for new charge points yet to be installed, with no option to back-claim the amount against existing units. Companies can claim the grant in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
The scheme opened to applications from workplaces on the 21 November 2016. The £7.5 million funding is currently confirmed until the end of the 2017/18 financial year, with OLEV planning to monitor the scheme and keeping funding under review when future budgets are agreed.
Workplaces can apply for vouchers using the Workplace Charging Scheme application form found online at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) follows on from The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK. More information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles