The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme from OLEV, uniting those in need of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure with approved installers. The scheme provides eligible applicants with “support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points”. The support is limited to 75% of the purchase and installation costs, with a maximum of £350 for each socket*, for up to 40 charge points for each applicant. Applications can be made online, and if successful, will be rewarded with a unique voucher code via email. This code can be used with any OLEV authorised WCS installer.
Vouchers are valid for 120 days from the date of issue. As the applicant, you will not need to make a claim for the grant as this is done by the installer, on completion of installation.
We’ve put the WCS to the test with a shiny new charger installed at Electric Blue headquarters.
A Schneider EV Wallbox; this single socket fast charger charges at around 7kW per hour. For a 40kWh Nissan leaf, this means a 20% – 80% charge in as little as four hours. With most of the Electric Blue team now proud drivers of EVs, this charger is already being put through its paces!
Why do we need workplace charging?
EV numbers are on the rise, but with charging infrastructure still lagging behind demand, workplace chargers offer a fantastic solution to this deficit. With the WCS, you can now provide your employees with the possibility of a top-up whilst at work, especially useful for if they head out on the road to meetings or conferences, or maybe are lacking a suitable charging solution at home.
Let’s talk future need. Transitioning to an EV is often inhibited by a present shortage of charging infrastructure. Drivers are less inclined to change driving habits – driving a longer route home, or using a pay-and-display car park – to simply make use of an available charger. Workplace chargers, however, bring the answer direct to the (car) door, offering a much more convenient solution. Vehicles are parked for long periods of time, in the same location, every day of the working week. By installing suitable chargers in locations where vehicles already park, it demonstrates to drivers that making the change to an EV is a feasible and no-hassle swap.
As a business, workplace chargers are another green tick to demonstrate your commitment to the environment and local air quality. Introducing EVs to your fleet reduces harmful emissions, whilst helping to achieve crucial sustainability goals. Remember, staff and customers alike are more and more interested in organisations which are “doing their bit”, so offering workplace charging might just put you in the race for greater environmental credibility.
Who is eligible for the WCS?
If you are a registered business, charity, or public sector organisation and can prove a need for EV charging (present or future), then the WCS is open to you. You must be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have suitable, dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleets.
Even if EVs are not currently part of your fleet, or driven by your staff, the WCS can still work for you. You must be able to demonstrate that you are encouraging EV uptake in your organisation, and therefore have a need for charging infrastructure.
The WCS is not available for parking facilities on a domestic property or which are solely for customer use.
Make a Workplace Charging Scheme application online here.
Updated April 2020:
Effective from 1st April 2020, the grant rate has been reduced from £500 to £350, while the number of charge points allowed has been doubled from 20 to 40.
Workplace charging at Electric Blue
We’re sharing with you why we are empowered EV drivers, and what helped to make our decisions to switch to emissions-free vehicles in our What it means to be green blog through the year 2020.