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Updates to chargepoint grants announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer

Updates to chargepoint grants announced by Chancellor of the ExchequerWednesday, 25 March, 2020

Following the Budget on Wednesday 11 March, the government have announced changes to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) and Onstreet Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS):

  • EVHS - The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) have published an update advising that from 1 April 2020, the EVHS grant will be reduced to £350 towards the purchase and installation of a home chargepoint. The scheme has also been extended to include larger electric motorbikes for the first time.

  • WCS - Previously, businesses had only been able to receive grants for up to 20 chargepoint sockets across all their sites under the scheme. Now they can receive financial support for up to 40 chargepoint sockets. The maximum grant per socket has been reduced to £350 per socket. Over 6,500 workplace chargepoints have been installed so far under the grant.

  • ORCS - It’s been confirmed that the maximum grant that councils will receive has been reduced from £7,500 per chargepoint to £6,500. In exceptional cases, where a local authority can fully demonstrate a need for further support, due to higher electricity network connection costs, £7,500 may still be available (to be determined on a case by case basis by OLEV). Since its launch in 2017, ORCS has funded more than 60 local authorities to install over 2,000 residential chargepoints.