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While the Scottish government expects private investment to play a greater role in the development of Scotland’s public charging network, there is currently still public funding available for charging infrastructure projects. We review this funding here.

  • The ORCS funding programme is delivered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and is available to all local authorities. OZEV have committed £15 million to the scheme for this financial year (2023/24) to increase the availability of plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.

    Local authorities can receive a grant to part-fund up to a maximum of 50% of capital costs relating to the procurement and installation of residential electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure. This now includes car club charging infrastructure.

    OZEV can fund up to a maximum grant size of £200,000, at a maximum of £7,500 per chargepoint.

    The scheme is primarily targeting on-street installations. However, the scope also extends to installations in public car parks and, on a discretionary basis, on land not owned by the local authority.

    This scheme is administered by Energy Saving Trust. Please visit our website for further information including eligibility criteria.

  • The scope of this OZEV scheme was extended for financial year 2022/23 to allow access to charities and small accommodation businesses.

    The scheme was primarily designed for private chargepoints, however, the eligibility criteria references giving consideration to whether the charging infrastructure in question can be open for public use.

    Successful applicants can obtain a grant to cover up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints (inclusive of VAT), capped at a maximum per applicant of:

    • £350 per socket
    • 40 sockets across all sites

    For further information, including eligibility criteria, please visit the scheme’s general guidance webpage, or the webpage specifically for charities and small accommodation businesses.