OLEV Workplace Charging Scheme WCS

The grant funding  Work Place Grant scheme (WCS)  is expanding to provide more support for SME’s, small accommodation businesses, and charities and will continue supporting businesses to install chargepoints for their staff and fleets using the current WCS digital platform.

The funding is a Work Place Grant scheme providing a 75% contribution towards the cost of a single charge point and its installation up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 charge point installations across all sites for each applicant. We check that you qualify for this grant and then apply on your behalf. We bill your for the price of the installation, minus the grant amount applied for.

Applicants will apply for the scheme using the online application portal. If eligibility checks are successful, applicants will be issued with a unique identification voucher code via email. Successful applicants will receive a unique voucher code by email within 5 working days. The chargepoint installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within the 6-month period.

You may be eligible for the OLEV EVHS grant if:

  • you have not previously claimed a grant at this address under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
  • all address/postcodes specified in the application are commercial addresses/postcodes and you own the property or have consent from the landlord for recharging unit(s) to be installed at each of the sites listed.
  • you have the authority to apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme grant on behalf of the organisation stated in this application.
  • the chargepoint installations will take place at sites that have dedicated staff and/or fleet parking with good access for an electric vehicle to be charged safely.
  • the chargepoints installed are maintained in a serviceable condition and are available for use for at least three years, from the point of first installation, unless given specific permission otherwise by OLEV.
  • understand that you are responsible for paying the costs associated with electricity usage for the chargepoint as well as any back office and maintenance costs associated with the chargepoint.
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SME’s, small accommodation businesses, and charities

Small accommodation businesses (such as B&B’s and campsites) and charities can access to WCS funding to provide chargepoints for guests or visitors:

  • up to £350 will be available per socket towards the cost of a chargepoint, with a maximum of 40 grants available.
  • The applicant must be a registered charity or an accommodation business that has less than 250 employees. The accommodation business must be  registered business with Companies House or have a VAT registration.
  • The business site must have off-street parking, but it need not be limited to staff or fleet use.
  • This may be provided by an extension to the current WCS platform. It should be available early 2022.

Owners of commercially let properties

Commercially let properties can  to apply for a WCS grant to install chargepoints for staff or fleet use of current or future business tenants:

  • up to £350 will be available per socket towards the cost of a chargepoint, with a limit of 100 applications per year per applicant.
  • The applicant must be a registered business or a public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration.
  • The property must be a commercially let unit that has parking associated with it. The chargepoint must be installed in private parking that is reserved for staff or fleet use.
  • This will be provided by a new digital platform for OZEV chargepoint grants (available early 2022).

Small and medium sized enterprises

Small and medium sized enterprises can apply for additional help to provision their staff or fleet carparks with EV chargepoints:

  • up to £15,000 will be available per building towards the cost of installing chargepoints, with a maximum of 5 grants available.
  • The amount of grant available will depend on how many parking bays are being provisioned. If a bay is provisioned with a chargepoint, a grant of up to £850 will be available towards the cost of that (within the overall provision). If a bay is just provisioned with supporting infrastructure, a grant of up to £500 will be available towards the overall cost of installation.
  • The applicant must be a registered business with Companies House or have a VAT registration, with less than 250 employees.
  • The business location must have associated private parking. There is no limit as to how many chargepoint sockets can be installed at each site (within the overall number of grants available). A minimum of 5 bays must be provisioned, at least one of which must have a working chargepoint.
  • The allocation will be in addition to that available under the current WCS.

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