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Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure scheme

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The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) scheme aims to further support the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across England.

Open to local authorities in England, LEVI is designed to encourage large-scale, ambitious and commercially sustainable projects that use significant private sector investment.

The scheme aims to:

  • Help enable strategic local provision of public EV infrastructure and promote an equitable EV charging experience for those without off-street parking.
  • Use additional private sector investment and promote sustainable and innovative business models to enable the delivery of local chargepoint projects that would not be possible in the short-term without public support.
  • Increase consumer confidence in transitioning to EVs across England, ensuring increased uptake across all regions.

To test the design of the new scheme, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has launched a £10 million pilot competition, which is expected to fund between three and eight projects.

A complete overview of the scheme is available on the OZEV website

Eligibility for the scheme

Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding is open to:

  • Local authorities in England.
  • Partnerships or consortiums led by a local authority within England.

Applicants must be planning an EV charging infrastructure project that:

  • Supports the transition to EV use in a local area, with a particular focus on provision for those without off-street parking.
  • Will provide an improvement in accessible and low-cost EV charging that would not otherwise be met by current or planned EV chargepoint infrastructure.
  • Shows either technical or commercial innovation.

Applications must also be able to demonstrate:

  • How the project will be delivered successfully.
  • The value for money offered by the project, including how the project minimises taxpayer funding and maximises private sector investment.

The project must be clearly supported by the relevant highway authority (or landowner) with responsibility for maintenance of the areas where the chargepoints are to be located.

Further information about technical requirements and eligible costs can be found on the OZEV website

Applications

The deadline for applications to the LEVI Pilot scheme closed on 17 June 2022.

The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Support Body (Energy Saving Trust, Cenex and PA Consulting) are now assessing all applications alongside OZEV and will be in touch with all applicants in due course. We would like to thank all local authorities and officers involved in proforma applications and full applications.

Support from Energy Saving Trust

Following submission of either an expression of interest, proforma or full application, the Support Body will provide ongoing support and guidance. Materials will be made available to local authorities surrounding the implementation of an EV chargepoint rollout as part of the LEVI scheme.

All enquiries for the Support Body should be sent to levi@est.org.uk.

Introductory webinars

Two introductory webinars were hosted in early April 2022, for Local Authorities and Chargepoint Operators. During these sessions, panellists from the LEVI support body and OZEV gave an overview presentation of the scheme and answered a wide range of questions.

Local authorities

Watch the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund introductory webinar for local authorities.

Read the Q&A from the webinar for local authorities, which covers additional information on the following topics:

  • General questions.
  • Pilot timeline.
  • Pilot project eligibility.
  • Working with DNOs.
  • Full LEVI fund.

Chargepoint operators

Watch the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund Introductory Webinar for Chargepoint Operators.

If you have any additional questions that are not address here, please contact levi@est.org.uk.

Last updated: 20 June 2022