Intermediate

Introduction

Apply for support from the Workplace Charging Scheme to part-fund the cost of installing EV charging points

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The environmental benefits of EVs are mixed. Due to the energy-intensive battery manufacture, an EV’s manufacturing emissions are around 8.8 tonnes compared to 5.6 for a standard family car. However, the air quality benefits are undeniable.

If an electric vehicle is charged exclusively from renewable energy then the manufacturing cost would be its sole lifetime environmental impact, resulting in a net lifetime saving of 15 tonnes of carbon. With the current grid energy mix, the carbon saving is closer to 6 tonnes, but the renewables component is edging upwards. If installing on-site solar PV is an option, the emissions savings multiply.

For business owners, EVs benefit from considerable exemptions from Benefit in Kind Tax. The savings on a £30,000 EV versus a petrol or diesel car could be as much as £3,000 a year, making EVs an extremely competitive option for employees.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Workplaces can apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme here.

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