26 March, 2021

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) Explained

  • What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) grant?
  • How much is the OZEV WCS grant?
  • Who is eligible?
  • How to apply for the WCS
  • Can I claim the WCS grant with eFaraday?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) Grant is often mentioned when talking about the installation of EV charge points. Keep reading and we’ll tell you all you need to know.


What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) Grant?

The WCS Grant is a UK government initiative run by the OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) to help workplaces with the initial cost and installation of EV charge points, in an attempt to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and reduce the country’s vehicle emissions in a bid to manage our overall impact on climate change.

By installing electric vehicle charge points in your place of work you will be encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles within your workforce, as well as opening up the possibility for public EV charging and owning an EV fleet. The WCS has already funded the installation of over 36,000 sockets in workplace car parks since the scheme started in 2016.


Two women charging car in car park


How Much is the OZEV WCS Grant?

The OZEV WCS Grant is voucher-based and qualifying applicants will be able to claim up to £14,000 towards the up-front cost and installation of electric charge points. The WCS Grant provides a 75% contribution to each EV charge socket with a cap of £350 per unit. Applicants can apply for up to 40 sockets per business across multiple sites.


Who is Eligible?

The WCS Grant is available to any business, charity or public sector organisation. Other criteria that need to be met are:

  • To be a public authority or have received less than €200,000 of public support within the last 3 fiscal years.
  • Can declare a need for electric vehicle charging equipment with an intent to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles within their workplace or fleet.
  • Has dedicated off-street parking and consent to install electric vehicle charge points within the applied area.


Electric car charging


How to Apply for the WCS

To apply for the OZEV WCS Grant your business will need to carry out a number of steps.

  1. Complete the online application, which will require key information such as contact details, evidence of eligibility, number of desired charge point sockets and several other declarations surrounding your new EV charge points.
  2. If your application is successful, you’ll receive confirmation in the form of a unique voucher code, via email with 5 working days.
  3. Once you’ve received your unique code, your EV charge point installer can carry out the installation.
  4. Your installer will then take over the application and will submit your claim via the WCS online portal.
  5. Once the grant has been confirmed, the installer will receive the grant money.


EV's charging


Can I Claim the WCS Grant with eFaraday?

Yes! We are an authorised WCS installer, meaning you can claim the WCS Grant with us. Once you have successfully applied and received your voucher, we will make sure the rest of the process runs smoothly.

We can take care of the entire grant process from start to finish if you have a 36 month Managed Services contract with us.

Get in touch to see how we can help you gain the OZEV WCS Grant, completely stress-free. Call us on 0330 002 1154 or email us at enquiries@efaraday.co.uk for more information.

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