Electric vehicle charging requires the use of an electric charger which generates an electrical current from either a 240v outlet or hardwire grid, to deliver electricity to an electric or hybrid vehicle. It works similar to most other electrical appliances which you typically plug into the wall, however some charging stations contain advanced features such as smart metering and network connectivity.
Charging points can be found or installed in three places: a residential property, a work or a public destination. More and more charging points are being installed across the UK by individuals, businesses and developers, and many public stations can be found on EV charging point maps.
It is clear that there has been an increasing demand for electric vehicles over the past few years. At the end of February 2022 there were more than 780,000 registered plug-in vehicles on the UK roads, with last year showing the largest annual increase in registered vehicles.
With electric vehicles set to be the norm in the upcoming years, businesses are taking advantage of the opportunity to become first movers in the field of electric vehicle charging. Having EV chargers on site can not only benefit the wider environment and promote sustainable green initiatives, it also presents your company with the opportunity to attract new customers and grow your business.
The Road to Zero is an important government policy which impacts many businesses as it outlines the long-term transition from zero emission road transport by 2040. Throughout the document, a variety of policies are mentioned including the Workplace Charging Scheme.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of buying and installing electric vehicle charging points. The scheme is open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations which meet the applicant-eligibility criteria.
In order to qualify and receive the grant, the applicant must meet the eligibility criteria which can be found on the UK Government's website. Some conditions of the scheme include the following:
You must be a registered business, charity or public sector organisation
You must be based in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland
You must be the owner or provide consent from the landlord that you have permission to install charging points at any site listed on the application
Despite not requiring to own any electric vehicles, you must express the current or future need for EV charging equipment
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