For charging infrastructure

The good news is that the availability of places to charge electric vehicles is only going to grow going forward. The UK Government announced in January 2015, that it has committed £1bn to support electric vehicles (also known as Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) over the 2015-2020 period!

Local councils have been invited to bid for this funding, so if your council makes a successful bid you can look forward to seeing an accelerated deployment of charge points near you.

The various grant schemes are administered by The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which is a UK Government body that is part of the Department of Transport.

£40m Go Ultra Low City Scheme

The UK Government announced in January 2016 an additional £40m to make it even easier for drivers of company and private cars to switch to a plug-in electric vehicle – which also means a big boost in demand for electric vehicle charge points. Four cities have won a major share of this funding and a number of other towns and cities will also benefit.

£20m Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi Scheme

The OLEV taxi scheme has been set up to allow local authorities to bid for money to help subsidise the switch of Hackney Carriage taxis to electric vehicles. A maximum of eight local authorities will be allowed a share of the funding. The deadline for bids is 31 January 2016. A further £25mn has been set aside for the London area.

Full details are available here.

£30m Low Emission Bus Scheme

The OLEV Low Emission Bus Scheme which will allow local authorities and bus operators to access funding to help replace conventional diesel busses with low or zero emission busses, plus the necessary charging infrastructure. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2015.

Full details are available here.

Plugged-in Places Grant Funding

By the end of June 2013, over 5,500 charge points had been provided to Local Authorities through the Plugged-in Places scheme. Whilst most projects have been completed, two areas still have funding available to help install charging equipment. For further information please consult the relevant websites for Plugged-in Midlands and ChargePlace Scotland.

European Regional Development Funding

Some UK Local Authorities have applied for and received European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to install EV charging points (e.g. Corby Borough Council), in order to increase the number available for vehicle owners to use in public areas such as car parks.