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Government to offer up to £6,000 per business towards EV charging points

Date: 03 November 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Government has confirmed it will offer a £300 reduction on  individual charging point sockets for businesses under its Workplace Charging Grant scheme.

Under the scheme, which officially launches on 21 November, businesses can apply for grants for up to 20 sockets, meaning companies could receive up to £6,000 off the cost of charging stations.

Generally, most charging points are equipped with two sockets.

Applicants must be a registered business, charity, public sector organisation or a public authority, can be able to prove a need for electric vehicle charging equipment or an intention to introduce EVs to its fleet, and have dedicated off-street parking.

Government documents also state that businesses can only have one socket per parking space.

Approved charging point suppliers include the likes of Chargemaster and Pod Point, the former of which welcomed the news.

"This is great news for companies that have adopted EVs into their fleets, or wish to provide charging facilities for visitors," said David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster. "There are now more than 80,000 electric vehicles on British roads - many of those are owned and run by businesses. This new grant from the Government will allow more companies to install charging points at workplace locations for a fraction of the cost.

"So far, we have installed over 30,000 home charging points over the last four years. I think that this new government support will stimulate the demand from companies and help them adopt ultra-low emission vehicles with charging facilities at the workplace," he added.