The Workplace Charging Scheme grant is one of the Government’s programmes to promote the use of electric vehicles via the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV). It means generous grants are available to businesses across the UK to enable staff and the alike to charge their vehicles.
Take a look at our short guide to find out more about the workplace charging grant to help businesses understand what it is, how it works and who can apply.
What is the Workplace Charging Scheme Grant?
The scheme was Launched by OZEV back in 2016, and updated in December 2020, the scheme allows businesses to apply for grants towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charging points at their premises.
The scheme allows for up to £350 towards each charging point installation with a maximum of 40 charging points per business. That is a possible £14,000 saving that is on offer to businesses looking to install electric vehicle charging points.
Who Can Apply to The Workplace Charging Scheme Grant?
The workplace charging scheme is available to most businesses across all industries as long as they meet a few criteria. Businesses must:
- be either a registered business, charity, or public sector organisation
- declare a need for electric vehicle charging equipment
- be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
- have dedicated off-street parking spaces
- either owns the property or have the landlords consent for the installation
There are a few instances when businesses are not eligible for the workplace charging scheme:
- situated in locations outside England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- have parking facilities that are part of a domestic property
- are sites that have previously claimed under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) or Domestic Recharging Scheme (DRS)
- have parking facilities that are solely for customer use
- the parking facilities not assigned to the applicant.
The Workplace Charging Scheme Grant Process
Firstly, business owners need to apply for a voucher from OZEV via its dedicated online application.
Following a successful application, a voucher will be generated and given to the business that can be used towards the installation costs. Businesses can then instruct installation with their electric vehicle charging point installers of choice – as long as they are an approved installer.
Further steps do apply to the application, however, these should be completed by the installation company.
Ongoing Costs & Commitments
Businesses with installed charging points under the scheme must commit to maintaining the points for a minimum period of 3 years and provide anonymous data usage to OZEV.
Installers can provide a maintenance package that ensures an annual check of the equipment and may also offer repair packages should any faults occur.
How Do I Apply for the Workplace Charging Grant
If you have any questions regarding the scheme, Trent Vehicle Charging is happy to answer them for you. We are a professional EV charging point installation team operating across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
At Trent VC, we will be happy to help you throughout the process, from the initial application through to the installation and ongoing maintenance of your new charge points. You can get in touch with us by emailing us or call one of our team members on 0115 9789700.
Full details of the workplace charging grant can be found on the Government website.