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OLEV & WCS Guide

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OLEV & WCS Guide

You’ll see a lot of mentions of the OLEV grant when you’re looking for electric car chargers. If you’re unsure what all the acronyms mean, if you need to explain the details to clients, or you simply want to find out what you’re eligible for, and how you can claim, then this guide is for you.

We’ll cover:

  • What the OLEV, EVHS, and WCS are.
  • How you can apply
  • What vehicles are eligible
  • What EV chargers are eligible

What is the OLEV Grant?

The UK Government set up the office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) as part of the DfT, and as part of this, they offer the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). As of 2021, the Office has been renamed as the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles

The EVHS and the WCS are fundamentally the same thing in that the government will provide a £350 grant to be used against the cost of an electric vehicle charger, provided that certain criteria are met. The EVHS applies to individuals and their homes, and the WCS unsurprisingly, is targeted at business and commercial installations. The former especially is often just referred to as the OLEV grant.

Both grants are quite simple to apply for, as long as you fit basic criteria.

OLEV Grant Criteria

  • You have to buy an OLEV approved EV Charger 

  • You have to use an OLEV approved installer

  • You must have off-street parking

  • You must have bought an eligible EV or PHEV, or leased one for a minimum of 6 months. 

You can find a list of eligible EVs on the website. But in short, eligible cars need to fall into at least one of these categories:

  • Category 1: vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all.

  • Category 2: vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any emissions at all.

  • Category 3: vehicles have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any emissions at all.

For private use in someone’s home (the EVHS), the applicant is eligible for up to £350 off the price of the electric car charger. You can apply for a grant per car and charger, up to a limit of 2 cars per household. 

For the Workplace Charging Scheme grant, businesses, charities and public sector organisations can claim up to 75% of the costs, capped at £350 per socket, and up to a limit of 40 chargers per organisation. It’s a voucher system designed to provide support for the upfront cost of installation of electric car chargers. In real terms, this equates to a maximum £14,000 of government support. The WCS also stipulates that the organisation has to have private, off-street parking to be eligible.

How do I Apply for the OLEV Grant?

It’s not possible for a homeowner or customer to apply for the grant directly themselves, they must approach an approved installer who will do the application on their behalf. However, this is very simple to do:

  1. Find and contact an approved installer from the website

  2. They will verify the customer meets the EVHS requirements. They will also ensure the power supply to the property is up to standard for an EV charger.

  3. Both complete and return Parts A & B of the EVHS Installation Form. The form requires:

    1. the customers’ personal details

    2. evidence of an eligible electric vehicle

    3. a declaration by the customer that they and their property meet the requirements of the scheme

    4. the details of the chargepoint

    5. the costs of the installation

    6. consent from the customer for the installer to claim on their behalf

  4. The installer will complete the work, will offset the grant amount against the cost of the installation, and will apply for a rebate from OLEV. The customer shall be invoiced the cost of the installation, minus the grant amount.

You can apply for the WCS voucher by filling out the WCS Application Form on the website. Although the requirements are largely similar to the EVHS, you can get full details of them here.

If your client asks you about installing an EV charger at their home or workplace, and you’re unsure whether it’s eligible for the EVHS or WCS, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’re always happy to advise you on the right charger.

If you’re unsure what your customers need, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01424 220384 or via email.