The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed that as part of its support for workplace charge points, businesses will be able to install up to 20 sockets with the grant providing £300 per socket towards the cost.
The grant is a major win for the BVRLA, as the association has worked with the Department for Transport, OLEV and policymakers to promote the need for more in-life incentives for businesses to operate plug-in vehicles.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney commented: “We are delighted that the government has listened to our call for support with workplace charging. The ability to charge at work is a massive incentive for many people that are looking to ‘go ultra-low’. Businesses will only be able to continue this growth with fiscal support from the Government. Workplace charging is a very positive step, but there is a lot more that policymakers can do.”
The sockets cannot be installed in customer-only car parks, and the grant is only available to businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applicants that are part of a franchise are eligible for the grant, though only 20 franchisees from each franchise can apply.
The workplace sockets must be mobile connected to report their usage back to OLEV, and must be in place for three years. The grant comes into effect from 21 November, and businesses will be able apply for the grant through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). If eligibility checks are successful, applicants will be issued with a unique identification voucher code (valid for 4 months) via email, which can then be given to any OLEV-authorised WCS installer. Full eligibility criteria is available on the OLEV website.