Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging

What grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Unit Installation are available?

There are many makes and models of Electric Vehicle Charging Units available on the market & if you do not intend to claim or are not eligible for either of the Government Electric Vehicle Charging Unit Grants you are able to choose from the whole range of chargers available & Excel Electrical Services Ltd can install this for you.

 

If you intend to claim for an QZEV electric vehicle charging unit installation grant the EV unit must be approved by OZEV.  As an approved OZEV Installer for all OZEV EV installation & EV infrastructure grants Excel Electrical Services Ltd can assist & guide you with this during discussions to identify your specific requirements. 

 

Excel Electrical Services Ltd are approved OZEV installers of the ‘EV Chargepoint Grant for flat owner/occupiers & people living in rented properties’, the EV Chargepoint Grant for Landlords’, the ‘EV Infrastructure grant for Residential Car Parks’,  the ‘Workplace Charging Scheme’ and ‘the EV Infrastructure grant for Staff & Fleets (Commercial Car Parks’ for the following Electric Vehicle Charging Manufacturers

 

-Anderson

-EO

-OHME

-My Energi – Zappi

-Rolec

-Tesla

 

Here we provide details on the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS), the EV Infrastructure Grant for Staff & Fleets (Commercial Car Parks) and the EV Infrastructure Grant for Residential Car Parks. 

 

If the WCS is not for you & if you would like further information on the ‘EV Chargepoint Grant for flat owners-occupiers and people living in rented properties’ or the EV Chargepoint Grant for Landlords’, please refer to our Residential Electrical Vehicle Charging page.

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What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints.

The grant covers up to:

-£350 per socket

-40 sockets across all sites per applicant – for instance, if you would like to install them in 40 sites, you will have 1 socket available per site

Who Is Eligible for the Workplace Charging (WCS) Grant?

The WCS is open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations that meet the:

Applicant eligibility and site eligibility criteria set out in the guidance for applicants 


Applicant eligibilityand site eligibility criteria set out in the guidance for charities and small accommodation businesses 


After applying using the online application form  

successful applicants are issued with a unique identification voucher code by email, which can then be given to their chosen OZEV-authorised WCS installer, such as Excel Electrical Services Ltd


Once the chargepoint(s) have been installed, the authorised installer will claim the grant from OZEV on the applicant’s behalf.

The chargepoint installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within 6 months of the voucher’s issue date.

Claims against expired vouchers will not be paid.

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What does installation involve, and how much does it cost?

Installations can only be carried out by OZEV-authorised installers such as Excel Electrical Services Ltd, who also claim the grant on your behalf. Installation requirements vary as does the associated cost. As OZEV advises, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will meet with you to complete an onsite survey to determine all requirements and identify the works needed for a successful installation.  Upon completion of the survey, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will provide you with an accurate quotation for the works to install & the EV charging unit associated costs

 

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Here are some other questions you may wish to consider

 

When choosing here are some questions you will need to consider:

Charging rates are measured in kilowatts (kW). Funding is available from 3.5kW units (restoring around 12 miles per hour plugged in) to 62.5kW (charging at up to 250 miles per hour)

For electric vehicles that are typically parked for several hours, or plug-in hybrids with smaller battery packs, 3.5kW or 7kW AC charge points should be adequate. DC ‘rapid chargers’ are significantly more expensive to buy and install. They’re usually only required for depots where vehicles have short turnaround times between shifts.

There are many makes and models of Electric Vehicle Charging Units available on the market. Due to the wide range of Electric Vehicle Charging Units covered by the Workplace Charging Scheme it is possible to tailor your infrastructure to suit your fleet.

There are essentially two types of Electric Vehicle Charger

1. A ‘Socketed/Untethered’ Charger Unit. These type of charger units do not have an attached lead. You use the lead which comes with your car to connect to the charger. 

2. A ‘Tethered’ Charger Unit. These type of charger units have a permanent lead attached which you plug into your electric vehicle

The ‘Tethered’ Charger Units are either Type 1 or Type 2.

The vast majority of new vehicles will require a Type 2 but some older vehicles may need a Type 1 (see vehicle manufacturers specification). 

Grant funding is available for units with a tethered cable or a Type 2 socket that allows drivers to bring their own – similar to charging different portable devices from the same USB port.

Rapid chargers always have multiple tethered cables to suit the most common charging connectors, as the cables are much thicker than slower units.

All grant-funded workplace charging points must have a built-in data connection, primarily for OZEV to monitor the demands on the electrical grid. This means some units can be integrated into a back-office system to monitor users’ power consumption, based on individual RFID cards used to begin a charging session.

 

Key and RFID cards could help prevent unauthorised access in areas that are open to the public, or points can be left ‘open’ to any user. 

 

As an approved OZEV Installer Excel Electrical Services Ltd can assist and guide you on these questions during discussions to identify your specific requirements.

‘Along with the cost of the installation of the electric charging unit itself, we understand that you may also have questions about ongoing charging costs for your electric vehicle.  That’s why we’ve linked with Go Compare to bring you a user-friendly and interactive Cost of Charging Calculator.

The calculator provides you with a personalised estimate, taking into account key factors such as your Vehicle Make, Model & Trim, preferred charger power output, and the cost of your electricity per kWh. Here’s how you can use the calculator:

  1. Visit the Calculator Tool: Head over to the interactive Cost of Charging Calculator at https://www.gocompare.com/motoring/electric-cars/cost-to-charge/.
  2. Enter Vehicle Details: Input your Vehicle Make, Model & Trim to ensure accurate calculations tailored to your specific electric vehicle.
  3. Choose Charger Power Output: Select your preferred charger power output. Whether you’re charging at home or using public charging stations, this choice influences your overall charging costs.
  4. Enter Electricity Cost: Input the cost of your electricity per kWh. This ensures that the calculator considers your local electricity rates for a precise estimate.
  5. Receive Personalized Results: Get an instant insight into the associated charging costs for your electric vehicle. The results will help you understand the financial implications and make an informed decision about your transition to electric mobility.

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EV Infrastructure Grant for Residential Car Parks

The government wants to help businesses and organisations who rent, lease or manage residential properties install electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in their car parks. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) administers the grant on behalf of Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

To access the grant, a landlord must first register. Installers approved by OZEV such as Excel Electrical Services Ltd can then make claims for work completed on their behalf.

The EV infrastructure grant for residential car parks will provide money towards the infrastructure needed for chargepoints, as well as for installing the chargepoints themselves.

The grant means landlords do not have to install all the chargepoints the infrastructure allows for. It permits them to plan for the future by creating infrastructure now that can enable chargepoints to be installed later on.

There is a separate and different grant from the EV chargepoint grant for landlords, which does not help towards the cost of chargepoint infrastructure. Both grants may be used for the same site, but not the same chargepoints.

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Customer Guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ev-infrastructure-grant-for-residential-car-parks-customer-guidance/ev-infrastructure-grant-for-residential-car-parks-customer-guidance

The guidance provided via the link above is for residential and commercial landlords, social housing providers or property factors seeking funding to install electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint infrastructure in the residential car parks of rental and leasehold properties.

The EV infrastructure grant is open to:

  • – The landlord of a property that lets the property
  • – a right to manage (RTM) company
  • – companies the own the freehold of a leased or rented property
  • – companies that own a building’s common areas. The company may comprise shareholders who are the leaseholders. The company may also manage the building
  • – property factor listed on the -property factor register
  • – private registered providers of social housing (PRP)
  • – public authorities, such as government departments and their agencies, the armed forces, local governments, the NHS and emergency services
  • charities

Currently you must be registered at Companies House. If you do not have this, you must be VAT registered with HMRC. If you are not registered at either, you will not be eligible for the grant.

Grant Rules & Restrictions

How the Grant Works

  • The grant involves the following steps:

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    1. 1. You must register with DVLA using the EV infrastructure grant for residential car parks registration form.
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    3. 2. You agree work to be undertaken with an OZEV approved installer at your property.

    4. 3. Once work is complete, your installer will apply for the grant on your behalf. They will need tell OZEV what was installed and provide evidence to verify this. This will include a copy of your invoice, photos of the chargepoints installed and a diagram of the car park indicating the work completed.

    5. 4. Your installer will invoice you with a final invoice. This should show the total cost of the installation (including any VAT charged) and the OZEV grant that is offset against that total.

    6. 5. DVLA will process the application and inform your installer of the result.

    If the grant is awarded, OZEV will pay the grant to your installer

How much you can claim

  • The infrastructure grant pays towards both the infrastructure and the chargepoints that you install at the same time as the infrastructure.

    For charging infrastructure

    Landlords can get up to £500 for each parking space that the charging infrastructure will provide a unique chargepoint socket to, either from installed chargepoints or those that will be installed at a future date via the future connection locations.

    For chargepoints

    Landlords can get up to £350 towards the cost of buying and installing each chargepoint socket provided. This is in addition to the amount available for providing a space with charging infrastructure.

    The grant cap

    The total amount of grant funding available cannot be more than 75% of the cost of the installation of the chargepoints and infrastructure charged to the customer (as stated on your invoice).

    The amount available per grant is capped at £30,000.

Customer Registration

  • Before you can apply for a grant, you must register with DVLA and get a landlord registration identification (ID) number. This will allow us to confirm you are eligible.

    To register, you will need one of the following:

    • – company registration number
    • – VAT registration number

    You will also need:

    • – a contact email address
    • – contact address corresponding to that registered with Companies House or their VAT registration

    You will need to complete the Chargepoint grants landlords registration form and send it to this email address: LandlordAccounts@dvla.gov.uk

    Once your details are verified DVLA will provide you with a landlord registration ID number for the scheme.

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What does installation involve, and how much does it cost?

  • Installations can only be carried out by OZEV-authorised installers such as Excel Electrical Services Ltd, who also claim the grant on your behalf. Installation requirements vary as does the associated cost. As OZEV advises, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will meet with you to complete an onsite survey to determine all requirements and identify the works needed for a successful installation.  Upon completion of the survey, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will provide you with an accurate quotation for the works to install & the EV charging unit associated costs

To book a site survey & receive a free quotation

EV Infrastructure Grant for Staff & Fleets (Commercial Car Parks)

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ev-infrastructure-grant-for-for-staff-and-fleets-customer-guidance

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    The government wants to help businesses install electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints for their operations and staff. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) administers the grant on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

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    To access the grant, a business must first register. Installers approved by OZEV can then make claims for work completed on its behalf.

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    The EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets will give money towards the infrastructure businesses need for chargepoints, as well as for installing the chargepoints themselves.

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    The grant means businesses do not have to install all the chargepoints the infrastructure allows for. It permits them to plan for the future by creating infrastructure now that can enable chargepoints to be installed later on.

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    There is a separate and different grant from the Workplace Charging Scheme, which does not help towards the cost of chargepoint infrastructure. Both grants may be used for the same site, but not the same chargepoints.

Who can apply

  • This grant is for small and medium sized businesses that want to install EV chargepoints on their properties.

    The business must be registered at Companies House. If it does not have this, it must be VAT registered with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If the business is not registered at either, it will not be eligible for the grant.

    The business must have 249 employees or less.

    The business must satisfy state aid requirements. It must have received – or have currently pending at the time of application – less than €200,000 of public support in the past 3 financial years and satisfy the state aid requirements for de minimis aid.

How the grant works

  • The grant involves the following steps:

    1. 1. You must register with DVLA using the EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets registration form.

    2. 2. You agree work to be undertaken at a specific site with an OZEV approved installer.

    3. 3. Once work is complete, your approved installer will apply for the grant on your behalf. They will need tell OZEV what was installed and send evidence to verify this. This will include a copy of your invoice, photos of the chargepoints installed and a diagram of the car park indicating the work completed.

    4. 4. Your installer will invoice you with a final invoice. This should show the total cost of the installation (including any VAT charged) and the OZEV grant that is offset against that total.

    5. 5. DVLA will process the application and inform your installer of the result.

    6. 6. If the grant is awarded, OZEV will pay your installer the grant (which they will have already discounted from your bill).
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Grant Rules & Restrictions

  • For detailed information on the rules and restrictions for the ‘EV Infrastructure Grant for Staff & Fleet (Commercial Car Parks), please refer to the following Gov.uk Customer Guidance Document

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    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ev-infrastructure-grant-for-for-staff-and-fleets-customer-guidance/ev-infrastructure-grant-for-for-staff-and-fleets-customer-guidance

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    This guide will provide you with detail on the following;

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    • – Grant Rules & Restrictions
    • – Eligible Properties
    • – Parking Requirements
    • – Equipment Requirements
    • – Charging Infrastructure
    • – Eligible Costs
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Customer registration

  • Before you can apply for a grant, you must register with DVLA and get a registration ID number. This will allow us to confirm you are eligible.

    To register, you will need one of the following:

    • – company registration number
    • – VAT registration number

    You will also need:

    • – a contact email address
    • – contact address corresponding to that registered with Companies House or their VAT registration

    You will need to complete the Chargepoint grants staff and fleets registration form and send it to SME.Accounts@dvla.gov.uk.

    Once your details are verified, DVLA will provide you with a registration ID number for the scheme.

How much you can claim

  • The infrastructure grant pays towards both the infrastructure and the chargepoints that you install at the same time as the infrastructure.

    For charging infrastructure

    Businesses can get up to £500 for each parking space that the charging infrastructure will provide a unique chargepoint socket to, either from installed chargepoints or those that will be installed at a future date via the future connection locations.

    For chargepoints

    Businesses can get up to £350 towards the cost of buying and installing each chargepoint socket provided. This is in addition to the amount available for providing a space with charging infrastructure.

The grant cap

  • The total amount of grant funding available cannot be more than 75% of the cost of the installation of the chargepoints and infrastructure charged to the customer (as stated on your invoice).

    The amount available per grant is capped at £15,000.

What does installation involve, and how much does it cost?

  • Installations can only be carried out by OZEV-authorised installers such as Excel Electrical Services Ltd, who also claim the grant on your behalf. Installation requirements vary as does the associated cost. As OZEV advises, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will meet with you to complete an onsite survey to determine all requirements and identify the works needed for a successful installation.  Upon completion of the survey, Excel Electrical Services Ltd will provide you with an accurate quotation for the works to install & the EV charging unit associated costs

To book a site survey & receive a free quotation