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On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme provides grant funding for local authorities to install residential chargepoints.

For electric vehicles, charging at home usually occurs off-street in garages and driveways, a convenient and efficient option. However, in many parts of the UK off-street parking is unavailable to many residents.

By installing chargepoints on-street or in public car parks, residents without off-street parking can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their electric vehicles at home. As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and lower their carbon footprint.

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) announced the continuation of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), to increase the availability of plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.

Download a full list of successful ORCS applicants up to March 2021.

Funding

The continuation of funding includes £20 million for 2021/22 and local authorities are invited to submit applications to receive this funding.

Local authorities can receive a grant to part fund (75%) the capital costs relating to the procurement and installation of residential electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure.

OZEV can fund up to a maximum of £13,000 per chargepoint installation, where connection costs are high. Evidence of high connection costs will be required where applicants apply for over £7,500 per chargepoint.

Applications with a delivery timeframe of up to the end of the 2022/23 financial year (31st March 2023) will be considered.

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and OZEV will prioritise projects that will ensure a more consistent chargepoint coverage across the UK.

OZEV will now pay 75% of any successful bid upfront, while the remaining 25% can be claimed on completion of the project. All capital costs associated with the installations must be individually evidenced. If the total project costs come in under the 75% paid in advance, the local authority will be required to reimburse OZEV.

If you are interested in submitting an application for 2021/22, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Eligibility

  • Local authorities must have explicit support of the relevant Highways Authority if installing on-street
  • If installing in car parks, local authorities must own the land
  • Local authorities are responsible for estimating and controlling project costs and delivery
  • Chargepoints must be located in residential areas that lack off-street parking and adhere to OZEV technical specifications
  • The OZEV guidance and our information pack provide further information about the scheme, what type of projects will be eligible and how to complete the application form.

1 – Local Government Support Programme (LGSP)

2 – National Chargepoint Registry (NCR)

3 and 4 – OZEV requirements

Application assistance

Energy Saving Trust is administering this scheme with support from OZEV and can provide advice and guidance to local authorities on the preparation of an eligible and successful application. The application process can be cooperative, with a few rounds of feedback on the application before final submission to OZEV. We will never turn down an application on first receipt and will work with local authorities to ensure all of OZEV’s eligibility criteria are met before final submission.

Our ORCS information pack answers common FAQs and provides valuable information and timelines for applicants. Contact us at [email protected] if you need further assistance.

Download our model application form and model claim form.

 

Claims assistance

Once all chargepoints are installed, local authorities will need to submit a claim to [email protected] with the following:

  • Claim form (see model claim form for guidance)
  • Monitoring log
  • Confirmation that the chargepoints are on the National Chargepoint Registry (NCR) with either a screenshot or data download with ORCS chargepoints highlighted
  • All invoices with a breakdown of the full eligible project costs

The amount for which a claim is submitted must account for all ORCS funding, not only the remaining 25% the local authority has yet to receive. For more information on claiming please see our information pack.

Webinar programme

Our On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme webinars cover why the scheme is being offered, what is covered by the funding offered through the scheme, case studies of successful applicants, and more helpful information.

Watch the webinars today:

For chargepoint operators

Please see our factsheet for an overview of the scheme and what information local authorities will require from you in applications, invoicing and usage data reporting.

Energy Saving Trust is impartial and we do not have approved installers and cannot recommend installers to local authorities. To become an improved installer for Transport Scotland-funded schemes, please email [email protected].

For residents

Only local authorities are eligible to apply for ORCS and we encourage residents who would like a chargepoint installed near them to contact their local authority to request they apply to ORCS. Some local authorities are collecting resident requests as evidence of demand in ORCS applications. If you are a resident interested in an on-street installation, please check your local authority website to see if you can register your interest online.

Please note that local authorities can only install chargepoints through ORCS on land they own or with permission from the Highways Authority. If you have off-street parking, you can apply to EVHS for a grant to install your own chargepoint.

Contact our team

If you have any questions about the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, get in touch with our experts to find out more. Email us at [email protected]

Contact OZEV on Twitter

You can get in touch with the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles on Twitter (@OZEVgovuk) for updates about the ORCS.

Helpful resources

  • Answering common FAQs and providing helpful information for your application

    Read now
  • Here you'll find a range of resources to help you understand more about installing charging infrastructure

    Download (PDF)
  • Factsheet for chargepoint installers

    Read now
  • Other grants available from OZEV include the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme for those with off-street parking available

    Find out more
  • Another grant available from OZEV is for workplaces looking to install chargepoints

    Find out more

Last updated: April 23rd, 2021