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UK grants available for electric cars

If you’re thinking about making a switch to an electric vehicle, there isn’t a better time than now. Thanks to UK grants for electric cars, you could save a considerable sum and help the planet at the same time. To find out more, check out our summary of Government grants for individuals and businesses.

EV chargepoint grant

The EV chargepoint grant gives money off the cost of installing an EV chargepoint socket. Up to £350 (or 75% of cost whichever is lower) off the cost to buy and install. Each financial year, up to 200 grants for residential properties and 100 grants for commercial properties, can be applied for.

EV infrastructure grant

The EV infrastructure grant provides for money off the cost of wider building and installation work that's needed to install multiple chargepoint sockets. This can be for installations now or in the future. The grant can provide for up to £30,000 (or 75% whichever is lower) off the cost of the work. Up to 30 infrastructure grants can be applied for each financial year.

The Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints. The WCS is available to businesses, charities and public sector organisations. The grant covers up to 75% of the total costs of purchase and installation capped at £350 per socket and 40 sockets across all sites per applicant.

On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS)

Owning a private charger is undoubtedly the aim of every electric vehicle owner. Unfortunately, certain aspects prevent this from happening, especially in big cities. Urban areas are already densely populated with people and properties, and lots of homes don’t have drives or garages as a result.

ORCS is a grant for local authorities, giving them the funds to install public chargers on streets. The Energy Saving Trust runs it. A feature of this grant is that the money is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, any resident who needs on-street charge points should contact the council as soon as possible.

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