How to access the LEVI fund to boost your EV charging strategy​


What is the LEVI Scheme? The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Scheme (LEVI) is a scheme announced by the UK government in March 2022 as part of their electric vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Strategy.

Open to local authorities in England, LEVI Fund is designed to encourage the planning and roll-out of EV charging infrastructure across the UK through large-scale, ambitious and commercially sustainable projects that use significant private sector investment.

The LEVI fund targets projects such as EV hubs and innovative on-street charging, allocating funds across the country so every region can advance their EV charging infrastructure and technology.

An electric vehicle is charging at a ubitricity lamppost charge point in Kensington & Chelsea, which can be funded by local authorities through accessing the LEVI government funding.

NEWS: We have released a more in-depth guide on how to make the most out of the LEVI fund. 

What LEVI funding is available for local authorities now?


The LEVI fund is £450 Million total. It includes:

 

  •  Capital funding to contribute to the costs of delivering primarily slow and fast on-street charge points.
  • Capability funding, which will equip local authorities with the skills and ambition to scale up their plans when it comes to their charging strategy.

LEVI funding allocation


The LEVI Fund is available to Tier 1 local authorities in England, specifically county councils, unitary authorities and combined authorities. Combined authorities are allocated and issued aggregated funding on behalf of authorities in their region. There is a bespoke approach for London that involves Transport for London and London councils. The aim of the scheme is to enable every Tier 1 local authority to have a published EV infrastructure strategy for its area.

There are two groups of funding, Tranche 1 for applications for 2023/2024 funding, and Tranche 2 for 2024/2025 funding. The application deadline for local authorities in Tranche 1 was on 30 November 2023 and the deadline for local authorities in Tranche 2 is yet to be announced.

 

A driver of an electric vehicle scans the QR code of a public ubitricity charging point retrofitted in an existing streetlight.

LEVI Capital Funding Summary


The LEVI Capital funding was announced in September 2023, see below for the allocations per region:

  • £33.744 million to East Midlands
  • £37.297 million to the East of England
  • £35.696 million to London
  • £22.426 million to the North East
  • £51.048 million to the North West
  • £53.538 million to the South East
  • £40.102 million to the South West
  • £32.755 million to West Midlands
  • £36.387 million to Yorkshire and The Humber

LEVI Capability Funding Summary


The LEVI Capability funding was announced in September 2023, see below for the allocations per region:

  • £4.797 million to East Midlands
  • £4.874 million to the East of England
  • £3 million to London
  • £1.959 million to the North East
  • £5.527 million to the North West
  • £8.492 million to the South East
  • £5.440 million to the South West
  • £4.284 million to West Midlands
  • £4.422 million to Yorkshire and The Humber

*Numbers include Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 funding, as well as the Pilot Scheme which was announced during the financial year 2022/2023.

 

LEVI Capital Funding Summary


The LEVI Capital funding was announced in September 2023, see below for the allocations per region:

  • £33.744 million to East Midlands
  • £37.297 million to the East of England
  • £35.696 million to London
  • £22.426 million to the North East
  • £51.048 million to the North West
  • £53.538 million to the South East
  • £40.102 million to the South West
  • £32.755 million to West Midlands
  • £36.387 million to Yorkshire and The Humber

LEVI Capability Funding Summary


The LEVI Capability funding was announced in September 2023, see below for the allocations per region:

  • £4.797 million to East Midlands
  • £4.874 million to the East of England
  • £3 million to London
  • £1.959 million to the North East
  • £5.527 million to the North West
  • £8.492 million to the South East
  • £5.440 million to the South West
  • £4.284 million to West Midlands
  • £4.422 million to Yorkshire and The Humber

*Numbers include Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 funding, as well as the Pilot Scheme which was announced during the financial year 2022/2023.

Eligibility for the LEVI funding pilot scheme

The applications for Tranche 1 funding are now closed. The deadline for Tranche 2 funding is yet to be announced and is expected to occur during the financial year 2023/2024.

ORCS funding is
available for LAs right now


ORCS (On-street Residential Charging Scheme) funding is available right now for local authorities to deliver charging infrastructure.

Rather than wait for the next round of LEVI applications, which are unlikely to provide charge point installations until 2025, ORCS grants are already available to aid installation costs.

Read more about how local authorities and ubitricity can work together now to deploy charging infrastructure at zero cost below:

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Our team are here to help


Haven’t finalised your EV charging strategy yet? Need more resources to manage the procurement of EV chargers? or have questions on how to deploy your on-street EV charge points?

Our expert ubitricity team are happy to support you in all aspects of EV charging infrastructure.