The EV infrastructure grant is a government grant managed by the DVLA on behalf of OZEV to help with the cost of ensuring the infrastructure is in place to install EV Chargers.
It is available to both SMEs for staff use only and for Landlords that rent, lease or manager residential carparks who want to install EV charger points for residential use.
The EV infrastructure grant helps towards the cost of the infrastructure and charge point.
The EV infrastructure Grant covers up to £500 towards the infrastructure cost of each socket and then £350 per point. To a maximum of £15,000. If additional sockets are still needed the Workplace Charge Scheme can also be claimed. A company can claim the full grant up to 5 times, but each claim needs to be for a different site.
Each EV Infrastructure grant application can be for up to a maximum of £30,000. Only 1 grant is permitted per building, but a landlord can make up to 30 grants in a financial year. If more charge points are needed in addition to those provided by this grant, then the EV charge point grant for landlords may be used.
This grant covers both workplace chargers for SMEs and EV Chargers that are to be installed at residential premises by the landlord of the building.
In order to be eligible to apply for the EV Infrastructure Grant your company must have no more than 249 employees. 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).
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.
The definition ‘landlord’ for the purpose of eligibility for the EV Infrastructure grant covers a wide range including Housing associations, Resident Management Companies and Companies owing a building common area. As an entity, you do currently have to be registered with Companies House and/or VAT registered, but it is anticipated that this may not always be the place when dealing with Private registered providers of social housing (PRPs)
Installing EV charge points is without a doubt the way forward and will help future proof your business.
By 2030 the government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Increasingly more people will be buying electric vehicles, so by being forward-thinking and having charge points installed you will remain the employer or landlord of choice, not to mention helping towards a sustainable future.
Even if you are not ready to go all the way with installing the charge points, you can take advantage of the EV Infrastructure Grant and get your site ready.
Register your application with the DVLA which is administering the grant on behalf of OZEV. You have to have the works done by OZEV authorised installed – such as Black Pear Electrical. Once all works are completed your installer will provide you with a final invoice detailing the total cost of the installation (including any VAT charged) and the OZEV grant that is offset against that total. It is the responsibility of the installer then to apply for the grant on your behalf and if successful the grant will be paid to your installer.