A GUIDE TO GETTING A WORKPLACE CHARGING SCHEME GRANT
What is workplace charging scheme grant?
The workplace charging scheme grant is a new scheme that aims to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and encourage more staff members to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
The scheme offers upfront costs for the procurement and installation of workplace EV Charging points.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) administer the scheme through the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV). They also oversee compliance with all relevant legislation and guidance.
How does it work?
The program covers up to 75% of the costs of buying and installing electric vehicle charging stations. The maximum amount that can be claimed through this scheme is £350 for each socket, and up to 40 sockets are allowed per applicant – although, in practice, it is unlikely that you will need more than this amount.
VAT is included in the grant, so there are no extra costs to pay on top of what you would usually pay for purchasing and installing a workplace EV charging point from a supplier.
What are the benefits of the scheme?
Reduce your environmental impact: The workplace charging scheme grant reduces the amount of CO2 pollution businesses produce. This will help keep the environment cleaner, which is one of the most important things that companies can do.
Save up to £14,000 on purchase and installation costs: The workplace charging scheme grant will cover up to 75% of the total cost of a workplace charging system. That’s up to £14,000! So you’ll be able to install a system that works for your business without worrying about how much it costs.
Reduce employee Benefit-in-Kind tax: This means that if you offer a company car, it will be taxed less than if it wasn’t provided. The reduction in BIK tax is especially helpful for small businesses that don’t usually have much money to put towards fringe benefits like cars or meals on wheels.
Promote your commitment to sustainability: Installing charge points is a great way to show your
commitment to protecting the environment and can help attract and retain staff who wants to go green
with their commutes.
WCS grant eligibility criteria
The workplace charging scheme grants are available to organisations registered as a business, public sector, or charity in England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. The grant is available to public authorities like government agencies, local governments, and the armed forces.
The grant will be available to organisations that have received or are awaiting less than €200,000 of public support in the last three financial years. Companies that want to apply for the workplace charging scheme grant need to meet several criteria.
First, they need enough parking spaces on their premises to install chargers. This means they must make major changes to their parking spaces or find somewhere else to put them.
The second is that companies that receive grant money must maintain the parking space for at least three years. Finally, companies must provide OZEV with anonymous usage data to monitor how much electricity is being used by vehicles that park there.
When does the scheme end?
The scheme was launched in 2016 and extended in 2020. However, the government has not set a time frame for ending this scheme, which means there is no definite date or timeline for when it will end.
How to apply?
If you’re interested in applying for the Workplace Charging Scheme, you’ll need to complete an application form that you can get from the online application portal. Once you’ve filled out all the information on the form, send it back to the address listed on your application form.
Once you’ve submitted your application, OZEV will email you a unique voucher code. This voucher code can only be used once and will be valid for six months after it is issued. Once this period has passed, no OZEV-authorized installer can work on your charging point.
Check out the official list on the government website to find an OZEV-authorised installer near you. Once the OZEV-authorised installer has installed the charging point, he will send OZEV a report of his work. Once they receive these reports, they’ll pay him on your behalf.
Has the scheme been successful?
The government has been funding the installation of workplace charging points for electric vehicles since 2016. According to government sources, the scheme has installed 16,975 charging points so far. Experts think that this could signal
that people are realising how beneficial EVs are in reducing emissions.
The UK is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This means that the government needs more people to use electric cars. It is hoping that the Workplace Charging Scheme grant will help achieve this goal by providing easy access to charging points at workplaces across the country. There are currently more than 480,000 EVs registered in the UK, with some EV drivers saving £732 a year compared with those driving petrol cars. Additionally, the government is planning to install 300,000 charge points by 2030, which will allow most people living there to drive electric cars.
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