Summary

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a grant that businesses can use to reduce the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints for their staff by up to £14,000.

  • The WCS grant is capped at £350 per chargepoint socket up to 40 sockets per applicant business.
  • It’s available to any business, charity or public authority, with some conditions.
  • The grant is provided by the government Office for Low Emissions Vehicles.
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What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a government scheme for electric vehicles offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

  • The WCS reduces the purchase and installation cost of a new workplace charging station (single socket) by 75% (capped at £350 per socket).
  • A single business can claim for up to a maximum of 40 charge points (e.g. 40 single socket or 20 double socket charge points).
  • You can’t retrospectively claim for existing charge points on your premises
How does the Workplace Charging Scheme work?

The WCS is a voucher based system.

  • First you complete an online application
  • If successful you will be emailed a voucher code which you can then present to your OLEV-approved installer which your installer will then use to claim the grant after the installation is complete.
  • The voucher code is valid for 120 days from the date of issue.
How do I qualify for the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)?

The WCS is available to any business, charity or public authority, with some conditions including the following:

  • You must have sufficient off-street parking.
  • While you do not need to currently have electric vehicles as part of your fleet, you will need to express an existing or future need for the business.
  • You must have the charging station installed by an OLEV-approved workplace charging station installer.