The Workplace Charging Scheme has been updated and two new grants have been established. Here we explain what grants are available to businesses and how to apply.
Workplace Charging Scheme
Probably the most well-known and established grant, the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides financial support to businesses towards the cost of purchasing and installing workplace charge points.
It was first introduced by OZEV in 2016, renewed in 2020, and earlier this year was opened up to SMEs, small accommodation businesses, commercial landlords and charities.
The scheme allows for up to £350 per charging socket (maximum of 40 sockets) up to a value of £14,000.
Fleet, workplaces, SMEs, accommodation businesses and charities are eligible for:
- up to £350 per socket
- a maximum grant of up to £14,000
- Under the scheme, charger usage is restricted to staff and fleet use only
- However, accommodation businesses will be permitted to let guests use the EV charge point(s).
- Businesses can also use the grant to fund the upgrade of charge points older than three years. The funding can’t be used for repairs. It must be a new charge point that’s installed and the 40 socket limit still applies.
- be a registered business/charity/public sector organisation based in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- have off-street parking
- own the property or have consent from the landlord for charge points to be installed
- use an OZEV approved installer.
Example business case – corporate workplaces with electric fleet
As an authorised OZEV installer we have supported many businesses to access the WCS. We recently assisted smart infrastructure solutions company, Costain through the process. Costain required a partner who could provide and install EV charging infrastructure across all its UK offices to power its 3,000-strong fleet.
Our expert associate provided advice on what the company could claim and what site power was required after a full site survey. The associate was also on hand to help with any application queries.
Costain saved approximately £12,000 on 34 sockets across four of their UK sites.
How to apply
Before you can claim the grant, it is recommended that you speak to an OZEV approved installer, like Mer. Our EV charging experts will help you throughout the whole process and can offer advice when applying for the grant.
You will then submit an online application via OZEV’s portal. The grant operates as a voucher based scheme.
When eligibility checks are complete, you will receive a voucher for the number of required EV charge point sockets. Give this to your installer, who will then invoice you for the work, less the value of the voucher.
The voucher expires after 180 days and the installation must be completed before it expires. After the project is fully completed, your installer will claim the value of the grant on your behalf.
EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets