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Energy Saving Trust offers organisations in Scotland financial support towards the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure on their premises.
About the business chargepoint funding scheme
To support the uptake of electric vehicles across Scotland, Transport Scotland has made grant funding available through Energy Saving Trust to help organisations install electric vehicle charging infrastructure on their premises.
Funding is currently available for chargepoints for sole use by occupants, staff and visitors. You can access this funding if:
Your business is a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) in a rural area of Scotland – grants are available to cover up to 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle chargepoints; or
Your business is a third sector organisation – grants are available to cover up to 75% of the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle chargepoints.
How do I access funding?
Organisations may be eligible for grant support if they meet any, or a combination, of the following criteria:
Currently operate plug-in vehicles.
Employ staff who currently operate plug-in vehicles and would benefit from charging at work.
If no vehicles are currently owned, can confirm future electric vehicle ownership or high levels of chargepoint usage from other sources, eg visitors or residents. Please note that we may require further details at a later stage in the application process.
You will also need to meet one of the following criteria:
1. Rural businesses
If you are an SME in a category 5, 6, 7 or 8 area of Scotland, you may be eligible for funding. You can check if your postcode is eligible using the postcode checker below.
Grants are available to cover up to 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle chargepoints.
To be eligible for the fund, installations must be carried out by one of our approved installers. Search the list of approved installers to find installers in your area.
Any funding claimed from Energy Saving Trust will need to be done so retrospectively – you will pay your installer and Energy Saving Trust will then provide you with your reimbursement at the end of the process. You will need to pay for any remaining costs above the funding provided by Energy Saving Trust yourself.
Steps to getting your chargepoint
Contact at least one of the above installers and request a quote for a chargepoint installation at your business address. We strongly recommend you get three quotes to ensure value for money. Please only send your preferred quote with your application.
Submit your application to Energy Saving Trust. To finalise the application, you will need electronic copies of your chosen quote and your application form.
If approved, Energy Saving Trust will issue you with a commercial host agreement and a grant offer letter to cover up to 50% of the cost if your business is in a category 5, 6, 7 or 8 area of Scotland, or 75% if you are a third sector organisation. Once you have received the grant offer letter, you can arrange a date for the work with your chosen installer. Please remember you MUST NOT have your chargepoint installed before you have been issued a grant offer. If you do this, you will no longer be eligible to receive the funding.
Once the work is complete, your installer will provide you with an invoice along with an electrical installation certificate (EIC).
Once you have paid, you will receive a paid invoice from your installer confirming payment. Please follow the instructions provided with your grant offer letter. In addition, you will need to send us your complete claim form, paid invoice, electrical installation certificate, and signed commercial host agreement so that we can process your claim.
Guidance on our processes
Please refer to the below flow chart for a detailed visualisation of our application process:
In previous years, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has provided funding for business chargepoint installations. You may be eligible for OZEV funding this year in addition to Energy Saving Trust funding. Please refer to OZEV’s Workplace Charging Scheme for more information.
Energy Saving Trust is not responsible for any additional external funding you may wish to access.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – Factored Development Funding
There is a separate application form for property factors and other organisations that manage communal parking for residential properties.