Charging an electric vehicle at work can be a convenient way for employees to recharge their EV as it is parked during the day. For business, it is only a matter of time before having a charge point at the workplace is expected, as it becomes increasingly important for employees and visitors. And for businesses with an EV fleet it will be essential for operation as fleets go electric.
In the same way that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme offers financial support to EV owners for installation of chargers at home, the Government also offers businesses, charities, and local authorities a financial support package to be able to install charge points at their premises as part of the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).
The workplace charging grant provides up to £350 per charging socket at 75% of the total cost of installation for up to 40 sockets. These are to be installed on dedicated off-street parking for employee, visitor, or fleet use.
For more information speak to an accredited WCS charge point installer.
Workplace Charging Scheme
The workplace charging scheme is funded by the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) – formerly the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The scheme provides a financial grant for businesses to support the cost of installing an EV charge point at their location.
Businesses, charities, and local authorities are eligible to claim 75% of the total cost of charge point install, up to a maximum of £350 per socket, and with a maximum of 40 sockets across all sites per applicant. Companies that are based in the UK (excluding Channel Islands and Isle of Man) can claim the grant without having a plug-in vehicle on the company’s books.
As part of the application, the organisation must declare a need for the charge point installation. This may include: to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles with company employees, to provide an EV charging solution for any visitors, to charge existing fleet electric vehicles, or to charge the planned purchase of EV’s by the business. It is worth noting that charging for customers is not necessarily applicable for Workplace Charging Scheme funding.
Only eligible EV charge points fitted by accredited OLEV installers qualify for funding, so you cannot claim for installation of standard three-pin sockets. In order for the supply not to be diminished by charging multiple vehicles simultaneously, the charge points installed must provide a minimum of 3 kW. A company cannot claim for any existing EV charging points, as the grant is only available for the installation of any future charge points. It is also a requirement that the business has dedicated off-street parking for their employees, visitors or fleet use.
If you want more details on the Workplace Charging Scheme you can visit the OZEV website.
Choosing the right workplace charging solution
Due to the range electric vehicles available on the market, employee and visitor electric cars will have different charging connectivity needs. For this reason it is important to install a charging point that has the capability to charge as wide a range of electric vehicles as possible.
Another consideration is the charge time. The most common workplace charge points can charge a vehicle fully in around 3-7 hours, depending on the model. Some businesses may wish to install a faster unit or even a rapid charger for more efficient charging if it is affordable and space allows.
The most recognisable and often preferred option for workplace parking charge points are post-mounted chargers. These are a great option but can have a higher installation cost due to the need to get the electricity to the post under the ground. For this reason, many workplaces with available wall space opt for a wall-mounted charge point installation as they are typically cheaper to install.
Access requirements should also be considered by businesses that are planning to install charge points in areas that are publicly accessible. The charge point manufacturers offer multiple solutions with units that can be used with either a key or RFID card to avoid any unwanted usage.
In order for workplaces to track and measure the energy usage of their charge points, most manufacturers have a back-office dashboard to report on energy use, charge point use and CO2 impact. The level of support from manufacturers varies, but there are options available to businesses for a tailored EV charging solution that includes basic maintenance to full network support.
All the main charge point manufacturers provide charging units for workplace or business use – Clarke EV can provide support from install to ongoing maintenance and support. Take a look at the typical EV Journey below.
If a business has already selected a charge point product, they can find an OZEV accredited installer with the technical skills and expertise to install them. Workplaces should look for an install team, who can assist with designing the install, assessing the power capacity, undertaking any civils works required, and installing and commissioning the charge point.
Supply And Install
With a supply and install EV charging solution, a workplace can weigh up their options with the support of their Installer to select the most appropriate EV charge point. Working with an installer who are charge point manufacturer agnostic means a workplace is not restricted by any one manufacturer. Once the choice has been made, as part of a supply and install solution, the design, power assessment, civils – if required, and the install and commissioning will be carried out.
Full Turnkey Solution
A full turnkey EV charging solution supports the needs of a workplace throughout their EV journey, from selecting the right charge point to maintaining the charge points. This end-to-end service provides peace of mind and assurance that the right solution is being implemented and all charge points are being maintained and monitored. It also gives workplaces confidence that there is someone there to offer support, respond to any issues, and ultimately ensure that the workplace EV charging solution consistently works – and can be scalable as the workplace charging needs grow.
Additional regional and targeted charging schemes
For Scottish organisations, workplace charge point funding is available through the Energy Saving Trust. Due to the high demand at the moment, the support on offer to organisations cannot be guaranteed.
In Scotland, applications are assessed using criteria that includes whether there is an existing EV fleet to support, if it will be possible for public access to the charge points, and the volume of users the charge point is likely to have.
Each application is given a priority rating of High (100%), Medium (75%) or Low (50%), with the available funding being allocated accordingly.
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Zero Carbon World
After a terrible year for the hospitality industry, here’s a tiny bit of good news. Currently, Zero Carbon World offers free charge points for businesses, in particular hotels and the tourist and leisure industry have benefitted from the charity’s work. The only cost involved for hospitality businesses that are successful in receiving a Zero Carbon World charge point is the unit’s installation.
Go Ultra Low City Scheme
The Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme offers significant grants to a number of regions in Britain to promote the use of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). The four successful GUL Cities are: Nottingham, Bristol/Bath, London, and Milton Keynes. Moreover, Oxford, Dundee, and York received some grant funding. These regions that applied for GUL City status included EV charge point installation plans within their applications which could result in funding becoming available for local businesses.
Workplace Charging Installer
Clarke EV are an OZEV accredited charge point installer who can provide solutions to suit workplaces and businesses. This could be a mix of charge points for employee cars, visitor parking, or for fleet vehicles. Whatever your needs, we can configure a solution that’s suited to your workplace needs.
For more information visit our workplace charging solution or call us on 0800 170 0276.