We have put together some guidance and useful links that we hope will be beneficial to you.
Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
OLEV is a team working across government, connected to the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles. Its website contains relevant news, research and statistics, and information on EVs and its Electric Vehicle Home Charging Scheme.
OLEV’s Electric Vehicle Home Charging Scheme
OLEV recognises that most EV owners will carry out the largest proportion of their charging at home, making the availability of affordable and practical domestic charging options key to increasing the uptake of EVs in the UK. To encourage EV car owners/ drivers to install a home chargepoint, OLEV’s scheme offers up to £350 to cover the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of an EV home chargepoint.
To ensure your consumers can benefit from this scheme:
• they must have become the registered keeper, lessee or nominated primary user of a new or second hand eligible EV on or after 1 October 2016; and
• you must be an OLEV authorised installer who has approval from an EV chargepoint manufacturer to install their accredited equipment.
OLEV has produced Guidance for installers, setting out the full eligibility requirements, and explaining how to become an OLEV authorised installer and how to claim the grant on behalf of your consumers.
Energy Saving Trust Scotland (EST Scotland) Grant
For planned home chargepoint installations at addresses in Scotland, an additional grant of up to £300 is available from EST Scotland.
To ensure your consumers in Scotland can benefit from this scheme:
• you must be an EST Scotland approved installer
• you must be installing a smart charger
• the consumer’s application to EST Scotland must be made before the installation takes place.
EST Scotland’s website has more information on this grant, full eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
The IET’s ‘Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation’ sets out the considerations needed prior to installation of an EV chargepoint and the necessary physical and electrical installation requirements. Compliance with this Code of Practice is a requirement of the Code and OLEV authorisation. The IET’s Code of Practice provides a clear overview of EV charging equipment and Code members can get a 25% discount on purchase!
The IET’s Code of Practice is available to buy here.
Energy Networks Association (ENA)
ENA represents the Distribution Network Operators. For more information on why ENA need to be informed about low carbon technology installations and the process involved visit here.
Competent Persons Scheme (CPS)
You can join a competent person scheme and self-certify chargepoint installations. This is instead of getting building regulations approval. For more on these schemes go to the government page on CPS.
Energy UK is a trade association for the GB energy industry. Energy UK acts as a key focal point for providing industry views to government and offers a platform for sharing best practice and thought-leadership. To become a member and have your say on the industry go to Energy UK.