With over a million electric cars on UK roads, it’s no wonder the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) are searching for ways to support the adoption of electric vehicles and provide the necessary charging infrastructure.
And while the popular Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant came to a close in March 2022, the EV Chargepoint Grant was its replacement, as well as a number of alternative government grants for electric car charging for businesses – including the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets.
But what is the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets? Who is the grant targeted at? Am I eligible?
In this blog, we will explore the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets in-depth, showcase how much government funding is available, and take you through eligibility criteria.
The EV Infrastructure Grant for Staff and Fleets is a UK government scheme that provides significant financial support to small and medium-sized businesses to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in car parks for staff or fleet vehicle use. Up to £15,000 of government funding is available per grant, equalling 75% of the cost of installing the infrastructure for EV chargers, in addition to any electric vehicle charge points installed.
It’s hoped that the funding will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle charging stations among small and medium-sized enterprises, facilitating the UK’s shift towards electric cars and ensuring EV drivers receive the necessary infrastructure to charge at work and at commercial locations.
The EV infrastructure Grant for Staff and Fleets differs from the Workplace Charging Scheme – however, you can take advantage of the Workplace Charging Scheme and the EV infrastructure Grant for Staff and Fleets simultaneously – totalling up to nearly £30,000 of grant funding. That said, you cannot claim both grants for one EV charging point.
With this version of the EV infrastructure grant, you can receive funding for the charging infrastructure and any EV chargers you are installing, providing they are installed simultaneously with the infrastructure.
Businesses can receive up to £500 for every parking space that has charging infrastructure installed. The parking spaces can either have chargepoints installed or the required infrastructure to allow chargers to be installed later. Examples of EV charging infrastructure include wiring and posts.
In addition to the funding available for providing spaces with charging infrastructure, businesses can receive up to £350 for purchasing and installing each charging point.
As touched upon before, the EV infrastructure grant can cover up to 75% or a maximum of £15,000 of the cost of the work, which varies based on the number of parking spaces it encompasses.
It is possible to receive up to five grants spread across five different sites, up to a maximum of £15,000 each. The caveats are that each grant must be for a different site and have one working EV charger for every five parking spaces.
The charging infrastructure must include, at a minimum:
• A new electrical connection at a metered electrical supply point, such as a consumer unit or feeder pillar.
• A safe and secure pathway for electrical cabling from the power source to the established charging stations and any potential connection spots.
• Measures to enable the secure setup of an electric vehicle charging point
• Any future connection locations
• Any installed electric vehicle charge points.
You are eligible for the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets if:
Important to note – Although the minimum requirement to claim the EV infrastructure grant is five parking spaces, you do not have to install an EV charger in each one of these spaces.
In other words, you can have one active EV chargepoint installed (as the minimum) for five parking spaces, and the remaining spaces can be filled with EV infrastructure to ensure that chargepoints can be installed in the remaining spaces at a later date.
Taking advantage of this grant in 2023 is an excellent opportunity to futureproof your business’ facilities by receiving funding now to create the infrastructure that will allow chargepoints to be installed later down the line – at a cheaper rate.
It’s crucial to highlight that to be eligible for the grant funding, you must use an OZEV-approved installer for the works – such as We Power Your Car. In the same instance, your chosen electric vehicle charger/s are required to be OZEV commercial-approved models. Some of our favourite OZEV-approved commercial electric vehicle chargers include the Easee Charge and the Sevadis MaxiCharger.
To apply for the grant, you must start by registering an account on the Gov.UK website and filling in the required details.
Once you have completed the initial step by completing the information, your OZEV-approved installer will then complete the rest of your grant claim. Your installer will provide OZEV with the necessary information about your chargepoint, including installation photographs and an invoice.
Following this, OZEV will email you, asking you to sign into your online account and review the claim. If you find any discrepancies, you will have a week to respond, and instructions on how to do so will be provided in your account.
If there is no response, the claim will be sent to OZEV without any changes. If the claim is approved, the EV charger installer will receive the grant amount and reduce it from your bill. Your invoice will reflect the installation cost minus the amount of the grant, as your installer will claim the grant on your behalf once they have completed the work.
OZEV may audit your installation to ensure it adheres to the grant requirements, and they will contact you directly. Failure to consent to a site visit may result in OZEV withdrawing your registration.
Yes, the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets is still available, with no closing deadline issued.
As an OZEV-approved EV charger installation company, we can cater to every EV charging need, including but not limited to:
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise with 249 employees or less and are looking to install chargepoints at your business or invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, contact us today. There are multiple benefits to investing in workplace EV chargers in 2023 – future-proof your workplace, improve employee rention and more.
As a trusted, experienced and OZEV-approved installer, we seamlessly implement business/workplace EV charging solutions. Our specialist commercial team will guide you through the entire process, tailoring a plan that perfectly aligns with your budget and chargepoint requirements.
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This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
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We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.