Workplace Charging Scheme - Grant Increased

09 July 2018

OLEV (Office for Low Emissions) have today announced changes to the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) Grant alongside the Road to Zero launch.

The Road To Zero Strategy launch includes aim of seeing at least 50% of new car sales by 2030, with the aim of 70%, to be made up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), also with 40% of new vans. The government wants almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050.

The strategy, as shared earlier, includes a provision to push all new build homes to be fitted with EV Charging Points where appropriate, even if there are EV drivers about to move in or not, and all new lamp-posts to be fitted with Electric Vehicle Charging which will dramatically increase the on-street charging provision.

A Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, which is a sum of £400 million, will also be launched which will help accelerate to roll-out of the already growing EV Charging Infrastructure, which will provide funding to companies such as ourselves, ChargedEV, who produce and also install charge points.

OLEV have also released that the grant level of the Workplace Charging Scheme will now change from £300 per socket to 75% of the installation costs capped at a maximum of £500 per socket. With funding available on a first come first served basis for 8,000 sockets or until 31st March 2019, whichever comes first.

All new vouchers issued from 24th July will receive up-to-£500 vouchers. Businesses already in possession of a not-yet-redeemed £300 voucher can withdraw it and reapply to get the higher contribution from 24th July, as long as their chargepoints have not been installed and they meet the eligibility requirements defined by OLEV.

This is a very exciting time for the EV industry as a whole. The future is happening before our eyes and we are extremely excited about the prospect that this overs. The future is electric. The future is now.

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