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Local electric vehicle infrastructure fund

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About the local electric vehicle infrastructure (LEVI) fund 

The UK Government’s LEVI fund supports local authorities in England to work with the chargepoint industry, to improve the roll out and commercialisation of local charging infrastructure. 

These public chargepoints will help residents who don’t have off-street parking and need to charge their electric vehicles (EVs).   

The fund includes: 

  • Capital funding to contribute to the costs of delivering chargepoints.  
  • Capability funding for local authorities to employ and train new staff specifically to plan and deliver chargepoint infrastructure. 

The LEVI Fund builds on the existing On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS).  An updated ORCS is available to all UK local authorities in 2023/24, to provide public chargepoints for residents who don’t have access to private parking. 

Capital fund

Objectives

The LEVI Capital fund aims to: 

  • deliver a step-change in the deployment of local, primarily low power, on-street charging infrastructure across England 
  • accelerate the commercialisation of, and investment in, the local charging infrastructure sector 

Application process

For local authorities to access their indicative funding, they must follow a three-stage process:   

There are three stages to the LEVI Capital fund application process: 

  • Stage one: expression of interest 
  • Stage two: application form, criteria compliance and tender document review  
  • Stage three: contract review  

You can find more information on the process in the LEVI Capital Fund information pack, including the full assessment criteria. 

Local authorities can access the LEVI Knowledge Repository which contains information and advice on planning and delivering EV infrastructure.

Capital fund Q&A

Capability fund

Objectives 

The LEVI Capability fund is available to tier 1 local authorities in England. The Capability fund aims to: 

  • increase the capacity and capability of every tier 1 local authority to plan and deliver EV infrastructure
  • enable every tier 1 local authority to have a published EV infrastructure strategy for its area
  • enable every tier 1 local authority to take advantage of the LEVI capital fund

Application process and timeline

On 21 February 2023, government launched the FY 22/23 Capability fund. The Department for Transport contacted tier 1 local authorities to notify them of their Capability Fund allocation, and authorities would have completed and submitted a proforma to the LEVI Support Body by 10 March 2023 to have received their FY22/23 payment. 

On 30 March 2023, further capability funding was announced for FYs 23/24 and 24/25. Local authorities were informed of their funding allocation and were invited to submit updated proforma then grant documentation to the LEVI Support Body. Information on when 23/24 payments will be made will also be provided. 

Capability fund Q&A for local authorities 

Electric vehicle infrastructure training course for local authorities

A UK Government-funded electric vehicle infrastructure (EVI) training course is available to register for. The course is designed to upskill local authority officers as they coordinate the deployment of public charging infrastructure. Topics covered include EVI technology, users and stakeholders, EVI strategy, EVI procurement, deployment and operations.

Applications are now open for cohorts to sign up to the course and start learning in March or April 2024. Additional courses are planned for September 2024 and January 2025.

The UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is funding one place per tier-one local authority or London Borough. Additional places are available for a fee.

Find out more

National EV Insight & Strategy tool

Cenex delivers the National EV Insight & Strategy (NEVIS) tool. NEVIS supplies reliable, independent, up-to-date information about EVs and EV infrastructure both locally and nationally.  

As part of Cenex’s LEVI Support Body role, NEVIS is available to all English local authorities free of charge until March 2025. Applicable local authority officers and members can access NEVIS using their work email address. Other similar software tools are available and use of NEVIS is not compulsory.  

 

Create a free account to access NEVIS

LEVI Support Body information

The LEVI Support Body (Energy Saving Trust, Cenex and PA Consulting) will provide ongoing support and guidance to all applicants. The support body is the first point of contact for any queries or questions about the LEVI scheme. 

  • Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use. We aim to address the climate emergency and deliver the wider benefits of clean energy as the UK transitions to net zero. 
  • Cenex leads the LEVI Fund Support Body’s technical advice and guidance for local authorities, building on its longstanding expertise in the design, development and delivery of EV charging strategies. 
  • PA Consulting is a global innovation and technology consultancy with a strong track record in Clean and Smart Mobility, including transport strategy, economics, analytics and digital platforms. 

Contact the LEVI Support Body by emailing LEVI@est.org.uk  

 

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Last updated: 26 February 2024