The eFIXX guide to OLEV
By Gordon Routledge
Monday 8th April 2019
- Installers need to be authorised by OLEV
- Fit charging kit which is on the OLEV approved list
- Be approved by the charging kit manufacturer to install their kit.
- You need to prove membership of recognised trade association such as NICEIC, NAPIT, SELECT or ECA. Company details need to be visible on the associations' website.
- Provide copies of public liability insurance; this is different from your employer's liability insurance.
- Prove that your company's installers are qualified to install electric vehicle charge points. Fully trained electricians can take City and Guilds 2910-01 Electric Vehicle Charging Course.
- Prove that you are approved by the charging equipment manufacturer to install their products. Bit of a catch twenty-two here, but in reality lots of charging equipment manufacturers have tagged themselves to course providers, so you leave a course with the technical qualification and approval from at least one manufacturer.
- The Homecharge Scheme grant pays for 75% of the cost of installing one charge point per eligible vehicle capped at a maximum of £500 (which includes VAT).
- The customer's vehicle needs to appear on the OLEV eligibility list and they need to be the owner, leaser or designated primary user for company vehicles.
- The customer must have dedicated off-street parking for the vehicle.
- Charge points can be installed up to 4 months ahead of vehicle delivery.
- The installer and the charging equipment need to be approved by OLEV.
- The grant is paid to the installer after the grant is approved and installation is complete.
- A household can claim a grant for up to two eligible cars.
Beware of anomalies - for example, Tesla Vehicles are OLEV approved, but their Tesla charge points aren't, so you would have to fit alternative manufacturers charge point to qualify for the grant.
- The workplace scheme is potentially more lucrative as it funds up to 75% of the cost of installing up to 20 charging sockets, capped at a maximum of £500 per point. These can be at one location or spread across multiple sites.
- Applicants must be able to prove a business need for electric vehicle chargers, such as moving to a more environmentally friendly car fleet or providing charging facilities to visitors.
- Applicants which can be a company, charity or public body but must have suitable off-street parking. The off-street parking needs to be owned by the applicant, or have permission from the owner to install charging equipment.
- Grant applications are submitted online and if successful applicants receive a voucher with an expiry date. The installer then uses the voucher to recover the grant, from OLEV, on behalf of the customer when the installation is complete.
- Charge points for the workplace scheme are different from domestic ones, the significant difference being the need to communicate energy and usage data back to OLEV. Equipment must include a 3-year on-site warranty.
- Don't miss out, electric vehicle adoption is increasing, charge points could be a valuable source of work, and the OLEV scheme won't last forever.
- Check the OLEV approved installers list to see how many competitors operating in your area.
- Explore partnerships with the charge point manufacturers. Do they have any installers in your area?
- Try to get on approved installer programs offered by car manufacturers e.g. Tesla
- Make friends with local car dealers selling EV's to get point of sale referrals.
- Ask your industrial or commercial customers if they have any plans to add EV charging facilities.
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