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Grants for EVs and chargepoints

There are a number of grants for individuals, small and medium-sized businesses and one for landlords and tenants too, all designed to help with the switch to EVs and the installation of charging infrastructure.  Surrey County Council and Connected Kerb also invite public chargepoint location suggestions – check out our news article for details: https://www.evexperts.co.uk/huge-roll-out-of-ev-chargepoints-in-surrey-have-your-say/

Transport for London Vehicle Scrappage Scheme

The Mayor of London introduced a vehicle scrappage scheme for individuals and businesses to support the expansion of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).  Starting on 29 August 2023, using any non-ULEZ compliant vehicle in any of the 32 London boroughs incurs a charge of £12.50 per day.

To be eligible for the car scrappage scheme you must live in one of the London boroughs or the City of London and own a non-ULEZ compliant car to scrap.  The vehicle must have valid road tax, MOT and insurance and have been registered to an eligible keeper for more than 12 months prior to 30 January 2023.  Applications for the grant open to all on 21 August 2023.

To be eligible for the van or minibus scrappage scheme you must be a micro-business, sole trader or charity operating in any of the London boroughs.

Eligible applicants can get up to £2k for scrapping a car, £10k for wheelchair accessible vehicles, £7k for a van or £9k for a minibus. Mobility credit options will also be available which include a lower payment plus Annual Bus & Tram Passes.

The grant application must be made through a London Road User Charging (RUC) Account.  If you do not have one you can create one here:  https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/account-create-account-29278

Before receiving the grant the vehicle must be scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility where you will be given a Certificate of Destruction – you can search for a convenient one by postcode here: https://www.gov.uk/find-vehicle-scrapyard  Most vehicle scrappage companies give customers money for their vehicle on top of the TfL grant – meaning you could get more than the £2,000 offered.

Once your application has been accepted you will need to upload evidence of ownership of the vehicle (eg V5 and insurance certificate) and then the Certificate of Destruction.  TfL have committed to processing applications within 10 working days and will send the grant payment by post to the name and address on the RUC account. Small businesses and sole traders will be able to apply to scrap up to three vehicles.

Full details can be found here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/scrappage-schemes

EV infrastructure grants from the Government Office for Zero Emission Vehicles

An EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets gives small and medium-sized businesses money off the cost of wider building and installation work that’s needed to install multiple chargepoint sockets. The work can be for sockets to be installed now and in the future. For example, an EV infrastructure grant can cover things like wiring and posts. Up to £15k or 75% off the cost of the work is available – the amount depends on how many parking spaces the work covers. You can receive up to five grants across five different sites.

This grant may be used in combination with the Workplace Charging Scheme which is also available to small and medium-sized businesses and charitable organisations.  This scheme provides up to £350 per installed chargepoint socket up to a maximum of 40 sockets across all sites per applicant.

Landlords and tenants of domestic properties with off-street parking can also apply for a grant towards the installation of an EV chargepoint.

You can find more details about the grants and eligibility criteria here (search “EV Grants”): https://www.find-government-grants.service.gov.uk/grants