New EV infrastructure grant to reduce ChargePoint installation costs
In this article, we will look at the new EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets, which started 27th September 2022.
EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets – What is it?
New funding has recently been released by the government to help businesses install EV charge points and the associated infrastructure required for them. This grant is intended to help get businesses ready for the increasing number of electric vehicles in their fleet.
The grant can cover up to 75% of the cost of installing the infrastructure needed when installing charge points or for any future charge points that are yet to be installed, and any ChargePoint’s that you install. The grant is limited to £15,000 per grant.
As part of the grant businesses can claim:
- £350 per ChargePoint socket installed
- £500 per parking space enabled with supporting infrastructure
In order to claim the grant each parking space must be associated with a unique ChargePoint socket. The socket must also be associated with an installed ChargePoint or a ChargePoint that is going to be installed in future. The infrastructure has to support a minimum of 5 parking spaces with at least one working ChargePoint serving them.
What will the EV infrastructure grant pay towards?
The grant will contribute towards the costs associated with the charging infrastructure. For this businesses can claim £500 for each parking space that a ChargePoint will provide a unique socket to. This can be an already-installed EV charger or an EV charger that is yet to be installed.
The grant also contributes towards the cost of a ChargePoint. Businesses can claim £350 towards the cost of each ChargePoint socket that they purchase and install. This £350 is in addition to the £500 you can claim per parking space that requires charging infrastructure.
The grant can contribute to other costs. Although there is a price cap of £15,000 per claim, the grant can also cover areas like grid connections, signage, civil engineering and project management. The grant cannot be used to help with establishing a Wi-Fi connection to the chargers.
EV Infrastructure and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) grants.
If you’ve already heard about the workplace charging scheme, the EV infrastructure grant is separate and different. The workplace charging scheme does not help with the costs of infrastructure, but only ChargePoint installation. However, the good news is both grants can be used for the same site, but not the same ChargePoint’s. If you wish to use both grants you need to claim for at least one working ChargePoint under the EV infrastructure grant and only use the workplace charging scheme for any ChargePoint’s you add at a later date.
Is my business eligible for the EV infrastructure grant?
So is your business eligible to claim this new EV infrastructure grant? Lets take a look.
- You can apply for the grant if you are a small to medium sized business with no more than 249 employees.
- Your business must be a UK registered company, charity or public sector organisations.
- You will need a Companies house company registration number.
- VAT registration number.
- Your company car park must have a minimum of 5 clearly marked off street parking spaces.
- The building must be undergoing a retro fit, it cannot be under construction.
If your business meets all of the above, the good news is you can claim the EV infrastructure grant. Even better news in order to claim the grant you just need to apply. As an OZEV-authorised installer we can take care of the rest for you.
Claiming the grant
Claiming the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets is simple as we are an OZEV approved installer of EV chargers. All you need to do is get in touch with us and provide your company information, we can then help guide you through the entire process.