Charge Point Grants/Schemes

Office for Low Emission Vehicles Funding

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has a number of grant schemes available to the public and public sector (e.g. homeowners, Councils and Police Service etc.) at various stages of development and subsidy intervention rates.

Current OLEV Schemes:

The Government (as of January 2015) committed £1bn to support Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) over the 2015-2020 period.Of this £1bn, £32mn has been committed for infrastructure. This is broken down into:

  • £8mn for destination charge points in towns and cities
  • £15mn for domestic charge points (home chargers). Please consult a UK EVSE member if you wish to take advantage of this offer. Further guidance can be found here.
  • £9mn for ensuring public charge points remain accessible (further details to follow later in 2015)

 

£35mn Go Ultra Low City Scheme

OLEV also announced the availability of £35mn for two to four cities to cause a step change in ULEV car uptake in their jurisdiction. Other criteria for the bids included improvements in air quality, innovation, and linking with other OLEV schemes. Details of this scheme can be found on the OLEV website here. Several cities applied with 12 making it through to the final application phase. The following cities/Councils have made it through: City of York Council; Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland; Dundee City Council; Greater London Authority; Leicester City Council; Milton Keynes Council; North East Combined Authority; Nottingham City Council; Oxford City Council Sheffield City Council; West of England; West Yorkshire Combined Authority. These cities must submit their final applications for funding by August 31st 2015  for announcement of the final winning cities in September or October 2015. The full guidance document can be found here.

 

£20mn Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi Scheme

The OLEV taxi scheme has been set up to allow Local Authorities to bid for feasibility studies and eventually money to subsidise the switch of Hackney Carriage taxis to ULEVs. The first phase involves Local Authorities bidding for feasibility studies that will outline how many Hackney Carriage taxis can be switched for ULEVs, what charging infrastructure will be required and where it will need to be installed and what other local considerations need to be made. Only eight feasibility studies will be OLEV funded. The deadline for phase one applications is June 12th 2015. Phase two is bidding for implementation. This is where the feasibility studies will be used by a Local Authority to apply for implementation funding from OLEV. The deadline for Implementation/Delivery Phase bids is January 31st 2016. The full guidance document can be found here.  A further £25mn has been set aside for the London area.

 

£30mn Low Emission Bus Scheme

OLEV also recently launched the Low Emission Bus Scheme which will allow Local Authorities and Bus Operators to access funding for the difference between a diesel conventional bus and a Low Emission or Zero Emission bus and the necessary charging infrastructure. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2015. The full guidance document can be found here.

 

Closed OLEV Schemes:

National Scheme Grant Funding

The government also implemented a national scheme in 2013 to support the installation of charging equipment on the public estate. More information related to eligibility, grant levels and guidance can be accessed here. Two rounds of funding have been announced with the latest published in January 2014. Further information on the winning organisations in the second round can be found here.

 

Plugged-in Places Grant Funding

According to official public statistics, by the end of June 2013, over 5,500 charge points had been provided through the eight Plugged-in Places projects. Most of the original Plugged-in Places projects completed in March 2013. However, some may still have funding available to help install charging equipment. For further information please consult the relevant website:

 

Other Funding:

Local Sustainable Transport Funding

The Government set aside £600 million for Local Authority sustainable transport measures in 2012 to run until 2015 and since extended funding availability into 2016. The list of the 77 winning Local Authorities for the 2012 to 2015 tranche is available here. For the 2015-16  tranche winners, please see here. Essentially, each of the Councils who applied had to identify geographical areas in which to improve transport sustainability by a variety of means. A lot of the winning bids did not contain any reference to Electric Vehicles and so use of the fund for EV charging points in these regions is not possible. However, for those Councils that did mention EVs in their bids, it is possible to fund EV charging points using LSTF money. Of course, it will depend whether funds are still available and have not been allocated to other businesses or public organisations. LSTF is one of the few Government funds that is available to the private sector as well as the public sector. LSTF funding can be used alongside Plugged-in Places funding to provide free or nearly free charging points to a business or public organisation.

Source West, in the Bristol and Bath area, is a good example of an LSTF funded project that is installing EV charging equipment. For more information please see the Source West website here.

Other Local Authorities that are able to use LSTF funding for EV charging points include; Charnwood Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Leicestershire County Council and Staffordshire County Council. Please review the bid list and contact the relevant Council to see whether there is funding available.

 

European Regional Development Funding

Certain UK Local Authorities have applied for and received European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to install EV charging points. The availability of this funding is very dependent upon the Local Authority’s bid.  Corby Borough Council is a good example. Please note that the ERDF application is not a quick process. Please enquire with your local Council to determine whether they possess an ERDF source.