The UK Government has revealed details of the Workplace Charging Scheme, which will offer a grant of £300 per socket for companies to install EV charge points. The scheme, which goes live from Monday 21st November, allows any business, charity or public authority to claim £300 towards the cost of installing charge points, as long as they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use.
Installation must be carried out by an approved OLEV installer, just like the Homecharge Scheme. Companies can claim the £300 for each socket, up to a maximum of 20 sockets.
Unlike the Homecharge Scheme, there is no need for the company to have a plug-in vehicle on its books, but a need must be declared on application. That can include plans to add plug-in vehicles to the company’s fleet, or as an incentive to encourage uptake of plug-in vehicles amongst staff.
The grant can only be claimed for new charge points yet to be installed, with no option to back-claim the amount against existing units. Also, three-pin sockets are not eligible for the grant.
Companies can claim the grant in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, but not in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
A typical installation of a dual-output charge point would cost from around £1,000. With the new grant of £300 per socket, that cost would be cut to just £400.
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