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Navigating the Workplace Charging Scheme as an EV Charging Installer

Navigating the Workplace Charging Scheme as an EV Charging Installer
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to surge in popularity, businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of providing charging infrastructure for their employees. At Replenishh, as a B2B EV charging distributor providing access to EV charging installer training from market leading brands, we understand the significance of initiatives like the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) in driving the transition to sustainable transportation.

WCS Extension
Originally speculated to conclude in March 2025, the WCS has been extended indefinitely, with no current end date for the grant. Any future changes will be communicated through the website with substantial notice, ensuring stakeholders remain informed.

Understanding the WCS
The WCS, administered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and managed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), offers financial support to businesses, charities, and public sector organisations across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Through a voucher-based system, the WCS alleviates some of the financial costs associated with EV charge point installation, fostering the widespread adoption of electric transportation.

Key Information about the Scheme
Businesses, charities, and public sector entities must meet specific criteria to apply for the WCS.

Grant Coverage:
The WCS covers up to 75% of total costs, with a cap of £350 per socket and a maximum of 40 sockets per applicant across all sites.

Application Process:
Applicants complete an online form and receive a unique voucher code upon approval.

An OZEV-authorised commercial installer handles the installation and claims the grant on the applicant's behalf (Check out our previous blog to find out how).

Installation must occur within six months of receiving the voucher, with claims against expired vouchers not honoured.

Applicants can submit multiple applications until reaching the 40-socket limit, with special rules for linked enterprises.

It is important to be aware that OZEV retains the right to modify grant rules but must provide ample notice of changes and the honouring of issued vouchers.

What do you need to know as an EV charging installer?
For Standard Installations:
Customers apply for a voucher code, the installer they choose must be OZEV-authorised, and provide the voucher code. Installers then use the WCS portal to claim the grant, completing the process within 180 days of voucher issuance.

For State-Funded Educational Institutions:
Customers apply for a voucher code specific to educational establishments and the EV Charging installer will complete the installation. Installers then submit claim forms via email for grant processing.

For Small Businesses at Residential Properties:
Eligible businesses apply for a voucher code, complete the installation with an OZEV-authorised EV Charging installer, and follow the same claim submission process as standard installations.

Technical Specifications and Installation Requirements:
Charge point installations must meet minimum technical specifications outlined by OZEV, including adherence to relevant standards and regulations. Installers must ensure compliance with safety protocols and warranty requirements to guarantee the quality and longevity of installations.

Authorised EV charger installers must confirm that installations will be carried out in accordance with:
  • BS EN 61851-1:2019
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Wiring Regulations – currently BS 7671:2018+A1:2020
  • IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation
  • Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002 and all other applicable standards
  • The installation must also consider the requirements of BS 8300:2009+A1:2010 and the needs of disabled people.
Replenishh is committed to supporting EV charging installers with training and support to encourage businesses to adopt sustainable transportation solutions through initiatives like the WCS and OZEV. By leveraging this scheme, organisations can not only reduce their carbon footprint but also embrace a future of cleaner, more efficient mobility. For further information and assistance regarding WCS applications and installations, feel free to reach out to our team at Replenishh. Together, let's pave the way towards a greener, more sustainable future.

If you are interested in joining the trend and becoming an EV charging installer today, Replenishh is the way. Offering full expert advice, a wide selection of charging products, exclusive pricing, and tips, you need to look no further to become an EV Charging installer today.