EV charging grants – For businesses
Save up to 75% on installation costs
Although electric vehicle (EV) charge points can generate profit long term, one of the main barriers for businesses making the switch to electric vehicles is the upfront cost of installing charge points. To help support the UK’s transition to green mobility, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) have introduced a series of grants to help fund business EV infrastructure.
Workplace Charging Scheme
The Workplace Charging Scheme covers up to 75% of the cost of installing EV charge points at a business premise. Businesses can claim for 40 chargers, and claim up to a maximum of £350 per socket. This means that businesses can save up to a maximum of £14,000, which can go a long way in covering the initial costs.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the grant, you must own the premises or have permission from the landlord to install the chargers, and your business must have a Companies House reference number. In addition, an authorised EV charge point installer must be used, such as Radius Charge.
How do I apply?
This grant is a voucher-based scheme and once you’ve filled out an application form online, you will receive a voucher code by email. This can be given to your OZEV-approved installer, who will claim the grant on your behalf and deduct the value from your final invoice. The installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within six months of the issue date.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant for staff and fleets
The EV infrastructure grant helps towards the cost of wider building and installation work required to install multiple EV chargers. For example, the grant can cover things like wiring and posts required for the installation.
What does this grant offer?
You can claim up to five grants across five different sites, receiving up to £350 per charge point installed, and up to £500 per parking space with supporting infrastructure. Overall, you can claim up to a maximum of £15,000, or 75% of the cost of the work.
Who is eligible?
You can apply for the infrastructure grant if you’re a business with or below 249 employees and your property is in the UK. Your business must either be registered at Companies House or VAT-registered with HMRC. This grant is not available to commercial landlords, who own or manage properties leased or let to a business that pays business rates.
You must use OZEV-approved installers and charge points, with at least one charge point installed as part of the work. These charge points cannot be used for members of the public, only by the building’s staff and vehicles. As an OZEV-approved installer, Radius Charge can handle the claim process for you and offer a variety of OZEV-approved charge points so you can find your best match. In addition to installing at least one charge point, infrastructure work must be carried out on at least five parking spaces so they’re ready to have chargers installed in the future. These parking spaces need to be off-street, private and owned by you.
How do I apply?
Before you apply, you must:
- Carry out any necessary upgrades to the building’s electrical supply
- Make sure the charge points will be accessible
- Update your property’s risk assessment to include the charge points
- Agree how the electricity and running costs will be paid
- Arrange regular maintenance checks on the charge points
To apply, you need to create an account on the OZEV grants portal and fill out an online application form before 31 March 2025. After your OZEV-approved installer has completed the work, they will claim the grant on your behalf. If OZEV approves the claim, the grant will be paid to your installer who will deduct the grant amount from your final bill.
Investing in EV charging infrastructure can be more affordable than you’d first think with the assistance of government grants. By taking advantage of these grants, you can help support the UK’s transition to zero-emission vehicles, contributing to economic growth and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
If you’re looking for more guidance on government grants, speak to one of our EV experts, who will be more than happy to offer their knowledge and talk you through your options.