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Funding for EV Charging Infrastructure 2021

This has now been updated for 2022

The deadline to ban new sales of petrol and diesel vehicles is fast approaching, and accelerating the shift to electric vehicles and chargepoints.

In support of this transition, funding streams are available for you and your organisation towards the costs of installing your required chargepoints.

Accessing the right source of funding will depend on who you are and where you want the installation – below you will find the main funding currently available in the UK and details of the support available from Cenex.

Workplace Charging Scheme

For supporting the installation of up to 40 chargepoints at a single site. The Grant covers 75% of the purchase and installation costs (capped at £350 inc. VAT) per charger and can be applied for directly through the installer.

What is it?

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher based grant scheme run by The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to provide financial support to assist with the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints at workplaces. You will need to use an authorised installer and approved chargepoints. in order to be eligible.

What funding is available?

  • Voucher-based scheme that provides support towards up-front costs of the purchase and installation of chargepoints.
  • Covers 75% of costs up to a maximum of £350 for each socket (inc. VAT) for up to 40 sockets across all sites.

How do I apply?

Applications are made by the customer directly through the OZEV site and if successful, they receive a voucher which can be redeemed with any OZEV approved supplier. Any business, charity or public authority is eligible to claim this grant towards the cost of installing EV chargepoints providing they have dedicated off street parking for staff or fleet use only. The voucher is provided to the authorised installer, who reclaims the voucher from OZEV following the installation.

On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

Local Authority fund for On-Street Residential chargepoints, covering 75% of the purchase and installation costs, capped at £6,500 per charge point and £100,000 per project.

What is it?

This scheme is only open to local authorities and is aimed at supporting the roll out of on-street charging infrastructure in residential locations where off-street parking is not available.

What funding is available?

This fund covers 75% of the purchase and installation costs, capped at £6,500 per charge point and £100,000 per project.

How do I apply?

Applications are made online via local authorities only. A list of local authorities who have already received funding can be found here.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

£10m programme supporting rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, providing economic and social benefits to the local community.

What is it?

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10m programme aimed at supporting rural communities in England in developing renewable energy and EV infrastructure projects which will provide economic and social benefits to the local community. While primarily focused on renewable energy systems,

What funding is available?

Funding is provided in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project (used for this study).
  • Stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes.

How do I apply?

The fund is run by five regional Local Energy Hubs, split by Local Enterprise Partnership regions and applications are made directly through them. You can find your local energy hub here.

OZEV EV Homecharge Scheme

For domestic (home) EV charging only. The funding will cover 75% of the purchase and installation costs (capped at £350 inc. VAT) and can be applied for directly through a registered EV Charger Installer.

What is it?

If you have a home with off-street parking and an eligible electric vehicle, you could save £350 off the cost of buying and installing an electric charger. Find out if your vehicle is eligible here.

The installation of home chargepoints is incentivised by government funding under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) administered by The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV). The EVHS scheme provides funding for 75% of the total cost of the purchase and installation (up to a maximum threshold) of a chargepoint providing AC power between 3.5 – 22 kW.

What funding is available?

From the 1st April 2020, the maximum eligible grant amount was reduced from £500 to £350 to enable a greater number of installations to be funded under the scheme. Contributions will cover no more than 75% of the cost of a charge point and its installation, and grants will only be available for those that have the unit fully-installed by an OLEV-accredited installer. It has been confirmed that the scheme will continue to run until at least 31st March 2021 to continue to support the UK’s transition to electric

In Scotland, Energy Saving Trust will provide up to £300 further funding on top of this, with an additional £100 available for those in the most remote Scottish parts.

Scheme No. Chargepoints Grant rate
EVHS Government Scheme 1 point per eligible vehicle 75%, up to max £350 (Inc.VAT)
Additional Energy Saving Trust Grant (Scotland Only) 1 point per eligible vehicle £300 (*£400 in remote parts of Scotland)(Incl. VAT)

How do I apply?

The first step is to make sure you select an approved installer (more details here) and an approved chargepoint (more details here). The installer will then apply for the grant on the customers behalf and bill the customer for the cost of the installation, less the grant value. Claims typically take around 30 days to be processed.

How can Cenex help?

Understanding what to install, where and when

Whether you are an organisation looking at electrifying your fleet, or a Local Authority rolling our public charging infrastructure for your local businesses and residents, the first and most important step is to come up with an evidence-based plan. Our Infrastructure Strategy team will work closely with you to ensure that you have the right information and evidence to build a clear plan of what technologies to adopt, as well as where and when to install them. Find out more.

Deciding what to buy

Once you have decided what you want to do, it’s important to find the right suppliers to make it happen. We have a long history of providing technical procurement support to make sure you get the right services at the right cost. To help you on your journey we have produced a handy EVSE procurement guide to answer some of the most common questions.

Post install audits

Getting the right chargepoint is only any use if it’s installed correctly and safely. For a number of years now, Cenex has delivered EV chargepoint install audits on behalf of OZEV to ensure that chargepoints are installed safely and meet the requirements of the current electrical safety regulations. Through this work we have developed our expertise and now provide this as a service to all our customers.

Technology Trials and R&D

Sometimes what is on the market will not always meet your needs. We are experts in , leading research into EV charging technologies such as Vehicle-to-Grid, Wireless Charging and IoT Sensor Integration, as well as wider industry sectors such as integrating zero-emission transport into a smart local energy system. Find out more about what services we can offer here.

Bespoke help and services

As well as the above, Cenex provides a wide range of bespoke services to lower your transport and energy infrastructure emissions. For some examples, have a look at our Energy Systems & Infrastructure Services brochure.

Get in touch to maximise the right funding options for your project