OLEV is now OZEV. Read Mer's 2021 guide to the Workplace and On-street Residential Chargepoint Schemes, including eligibility and how to apply.
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What is the OZEV grant?
In the context of commercial and residential charging, the OZEV grant is financial assistance provided by the UK government to support businesses and local authorities in the purchase of electric vehicle charging hardware. The grant supports the wider governmental efforts to aid widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
OLEV recently underwent a name change and now goes by ‘OZEV’ – although the former is still most commonly referred to. OZEV stands for The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles – the team of government officials tasked with managing the grant, and more generally, EV charging infrastructure across the UK. The change in name from ‘Low’ to ‘Zero’ was said to “better align with Government’s ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.” The OZEV taskforce sit within the Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
The OZEV grants for businesses, charities and local authorities are managed via two separate schemes:
Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS):
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based programme offering up to £350 off the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point, for a total of 40 sockets. After you’ve received grant approval, you’ll be supplied with a voucher that can be redeemed via OZEV approved installers.
On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS):
Open for application from local authorities, the scheme was created to increase the number of roadside / residential electric car charging stations where off-street parking isn’t available. A recent study revealed that 6.6 million households in the UK do not have access to off-street parking – therefore a real push is needed to improve EV charging infrastructure, to prevent this becoming a continual barrier to EV adoption.
The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme is a programme run by The Energy Saving Trust on behalf of OZEV and offers funding for 75% of the capital costs involved in procuring and installing on-street electric car charge points and dedicated parking bays, up to a value of £13,000.
Other OZEV schemes
OZEV are also responsible for‘The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)’ providing homeowners with funding for 75% of the costs of installing EV charge points in a UK domestic property.
How to apply for the electric car grant
The Workplace Charging Scheme
Workplace Charging Scheme grant eligibility:
Registered businesses, charities and public sector organisations need to meet the following criteria in order to receive the Workplace Charging Scheme grant:
Be able to show proof of business registration with either a Companies House reference number, a VAT number or HMRC registration letter
Own an electric vehicle or intend to buy one, within 4 months of your grant application
You should be able to declare a need for EV charging equipment or show intent to encourage usage from staff and/or fleet
The electric charger model will need to be OZEV approved (explore Mer OZEV approved charging options here)
The charger now needs to be a Smart Charger – meaning it has an internet connection
The installer must also be OZEV approved
You’ll need dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or fleets suitable for electric charge point installation. The parking facilities can’t be solely for customer use or part of a domestic property and must be designated to the applicant.
It’s recommended that applicants get a site survey in advance of applying to ensure that they meet the criteria of having a minimum power supply of 3kW to each individual socket – that isn’t reduced when sockets are used simultaneously
You must only plan to install one socket per parking space
You must be based in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
You will need to either own the premises or have the consent of the landlord for any intended charge point installation
You must have received less than Euro 200,000 of de minimis aid in the last 3 fiscal years (not applicable for local authorities)
Your company must not have previously claimed via the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme at the same address
Applicants should also be prepared to maintain each chargepoint for a minimum of 3 years as well as providing usage data to OZEV
A grant voucher cannot be used retrospectively
The Workplace Charging Scheme application process:
Step 1: You can apply for a grant online via the official government page. Ensure you have the following information to hand:
Companies House number.
The number of employees in the company.
Confirm whether or not you’ve received any public funding above 200,000 Euros.
Your site details (address).
The number of charge points you plan to install
Step 2 – If approved, you will receive a voucher, which should be supplied to your chosen OZEV approved installer.
Step 3 – The installation will be completed within the 180 day time frame required by OZEV.
Step 4 – Your installer will submit evidence of the installation to the WCS.
Step 5 – OZEV will send you the details your installer has provided for the installation. You will be asked to confirm this.
Step 6 – The grant is awarded and you will be invoiced accordingly.
The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS)
On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme grant eligibility:
Local authorities can claim for funding for the purchase of an electric charging unit, related electrical component costs, DNO connection, any related civil engineering works, as well as the labour and hardware costs of installation, and the capital costs of a parking bay and traffic regulation orders.
The following criteria must be met for funding approval:
The project should abide by procurement rules show value for money
You need to provide details of expected operating arrangements
A full expected cost breakdown should be supplied upon final claim
There is no strict maximum or minimum project size required, but projects must be deliverable within appropriate timeframes and implementation must begin promptly after grant approval.
Projects with a completion date no later than 31 March 2023 will be considered, but it is expected that the majority of projects will be completed within 6 to 12 months of grant award or sooner.
OZEV will consider applications for charge points in car parks owned by a local authority if they are suitably located in or near a residential area and provide both day and night charging accessibility
Local authorities can apply for further funding for additional projects after the completion of one, if there is evidence of further demand, and funding remains viable
OZEV is open to considering applications for commercially available charging products
Authorities cannot apply for funding for the upgrade or maintenance of existing charge points, passive charging infrastructure, charge points primarily for commercial use, or those connected to a domestic electricity supply.
The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme application process:
Step 1: Pre-application optional appraisal The Energy Saving Trust provides a pre-application support service for local authorities and can help in the consideration of installers, value for money and the right technology for your needs.
Step 3: OZEV decision & delivery Upon acceptance you’ll receive a grant offer letter from OZEV and payment of 75% of the grant within approximately 25 working days. The remaining 25% can be claimed upon project completion – with evidence of completion needing to be supplied within 30 days.
If your application is rejected, reasons will be given and there is the opportunity to re-apply.
Finding an OZEV approved installer
You can download a full list of OZEV approved installers on the government website. Mer only work with OZEV approved EV charge point installers throughout the UK. Our installation partners are specifically trained for EV charge point installation and are vetted thoroughly in our on-boarding process; they must follow rigorous safety standards to be a part of our EV charge point installation network. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today to discuss your specific needs!
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