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Workplace Charging Scheme – Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses

Workplace Charging Scheme – Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is being continued alongside the newly reformed Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and the new Chargepoint Grant for Landlords.

However, the WCS has been extended. So, not only will businesses and public organisations be able to continue to claim the grant, but small accommodation businesses and charities will now be able to take advantage too, both for staff and customer use.

Keep reading to find out more.

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme? 

The Workplace Charging Scheme is another Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) incentive. However, this specific grant is aimed at helping businesses make the switch to electric rather than the domestic market. £350 funding is available per charging socket, up to a maximum of 40 sockets, meaning up to £14,000 of grant funding is available!

Who is now eligible for the Workplace Charging Scheme Grant? 

Businesses and public sector organisations that meet the eligibility criteria can continue to claim the funding like usual. However, since 1st April, charities and small accommodation businesses are now free to claim the funding as part of the grant extension, either for staff use or customer use.

What counts as a small accommodation business? 

Under the Standard Industrial Classification Codes, the following businesses are classed as small accommodation businesses:

  • 5510 – Hotels, B&B’s and similar accommodation
  • 5520 – Holiday and short-stay accommodation
  • 5530 – Camping grounds, trailer parks and recreational vehicle parks.

However, under the Workplace Charging Scheme grant, a small accommodation business is classed as a business with 249 employees or less. Therefore, if you are one of the previously stated businesses but have more than 249 staff members, you will unfortunately not be eligible.

When will the expanded Workplace Charging Scheme come into play? 

Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses can claim the Workplace Charging grant now!

How do I know if I am eligible for the Workplace Charging Scheme as a charity or small accommodation business? 

You must meet the following criteria and provide the relevant evidence:

  • You must be a registered charity OR a small accommodation business with 249 employees or less.
  • You must not have exceeded or are in the process of exceeding more than €200,000 worth of public support in the last three financial years.
  • Declare a need for EV charging equipment.
  • Have dedicated off-street parking either on-site or a reasonable distance from the place of work.
  • The business must own or rent the property. If the latter, landlord permission will be required.
  • Have either a Companies House reference number or a VAT registration number. If you do not have either forms of evidence, a HMRC registration letter may be used.
  • Charities can upload a copy of their registration to the Charity Commission.
  • The EV charger(s) installed must be authorised units under the Workplace Charging Scheme (see here for the full list).
  • The electric vehicle charger must be installed by an OZEV approved installer (such as ourselves).
  • Be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Please note, you do not need to have an electric vehicle yourself to be able to claim the Workplace Charging Scheme grant.

Once installed the electric vehicle chargers can be used by anybody, there are no restrictions for charities and small accommodation businesses, meaning both employees and customers/visitors can use the charger(s). Unfortunately, other types of businesses can not claim the WCS grant if the chargers are for customer use.

How do I apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme grant? 

Firstly, you will need to apply for the grant using the government’s online application form. Once this has been completed and signed off by the government, successful applicants will be given an identification voucher code via email, which you can then send to us. Once we have received your voucher code, we will take it from there and claim the grant on your behalf!

Please note that the electric vehicle charger must be installed and the grant claimed within 6 months of the voucher issue date.

Are you a small accommodation business or a charity looking to get one or more smart EV chargers installed at your workplace? We Power Your Car can sort it for you.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Spread over a 60 month period.

Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.

You decide the amount of months.

Minimum of £1000.

We will contact you to process the credit application. Approval is subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. 13.9% APR representative. T&Cs apply.

Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.

Underground cable

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.

Overhead cable

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.

Standard Installation
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.