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28 September 2023

The Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints.

It is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but not in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

The scheme is run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and administered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

How the scheme works

The WCS is open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations that meet the applicant and site eligibility criteria.

The grant covers up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints (inclusive of VAT), capped at a maximum of:

  • £350 per socket
  • 40 sockets across all sites per applicant – for instance, if you would like to install them in 40 sites, you will have 1 socket available per site

After applying using the online application form, successful applicants are issued with a unique identification voucher code by email, which can then be given to any OZEV-authorised commercial chargepoint installer.

Once the chargepoint(s) have been installed, the authorised installer can claim the grant from OZEV on the applicant’s behalf. The chargepoint installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within 6 months of the voucher’s issue date. Claims against expired vouchers will not be paid.

Who can apply for the grant

The scheme is open to applicant organisations that fulfil all of the following criteria and can prove this using the evidence required. Your organisation must:

  • be a registered business, charity or public sector organisation
  • fulfil one of the following 3 criteria:
  • declare a need for EV charging equipment, or an intent to encourage uptake among their staff and/or fleet (you do not need to possess a plug-in EV)
  • be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (applicants in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not eligible)
  • have dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or fleet use only
  • have parking facilities that are clearly associated with the applicant premises and be either on-site or at a reasonable distance from the workplace
  • own the property or have consent from the landlord for chargepoints to be installed at all the sites listed in the application

Site eligibility

Applicants must have designated off-street parking facilities with spaces dedicated for staff and/or fleet use that are suitable for chargepoint installations. All parking must be designated to the applicant, although the rest of the car park may be shared with other organisations.

Each site must:

  • have a minimum power supply of 3kW to each individual socket that is not diminished by their simultaneous use
  • have no more than one socket installed for each accessible parking space
  • be for staff and/or fleet use

Working from home

If your primary place of work is also a residential property (your home), you can apply for the grant under this scheme as long as your address is either:

  • listed as your place of business with Companies House
  • recorded on your business rate (non-domestic) rate bill issued to you by your local council or Land & Property Services (LPS)

For further information about this scheme and full guidance on eligibility, terms and conditions as well as how to apply visit the Uk Government website here: 

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