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 £450m 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.
What is the LEVI scheme for?
The LEVI fund will target projects such as EV hubs and innovative on-street charging, ensuring the 40-60% of residents in urban areas who do not have home charging capabilities are not left behind in the transition to clean transport.
Before the full fund is launched (expected early 2023), OZEV have announced 9 local authorities will be benefit from £10m of initial funding in a pilot to test the scheme.
What LEVI funding is available for local authorities now?
From the £450m LEVI fund, only £60m has been allocated to specific activities and uses. There will be £50m to fund staff, knowledge and tools to help develop local authority EV charging strategies and plans.
In addition, there will be £10m funding for pilots to test different delivery mechanisms, business models and technologies, which is expected to fund between three and eight electric charging projects. It is expected the remaining LEVI fund will only be made available post the completion of the LEVI pilot competition.
LEVI Pilot Scheme Summary
- £10m of funding has been awarded to 9 pilot projects
- Focuses on EV hubs and innovative on-street charging
- The closing date for the submission of finalised applications to the LEVI fund was 11.55pm on 17 June 2022.
Eligibility for the LEVI funding pilot scheme
The LEVI pilot scheme is now closed for applications, the pilot funding has been awarded to 9 local authorities. The LEVI funding pilot scheme was open to all local authorities in England as well as partnerships led by a local authority within England.
Which projects were eligible?
Applicants for the pilot scheme must be planning an EV charging infrastructure project that:
- Supports the transition to EV use in a local area, with a particular focus on charging for residents without off-street parking.
- Will provide an improvement in accessible and low-cost EV charging that would not otherwise be met by current or planned EV chargepoint infrastructure.
- Shows either technical or commercial innovation.
Which technology was eligible?
The project must use technologies that meet the aims of the fund including:
- on-street slow and fast charge points
- rapid charge points, if installed as part of a wider project that includes on-street slow and fast charge points
- street or site adaptations
- solar canopies and battery storage
All charge points installed via the fund must have a minimum payment method, such as contactless, as standard.
What costs are covered?
Eligible costs for LEVI pilot funding include:
- the purchase cost of the charge point, including wireless charging
- installation hardware costs: e.g. battery storage, gullies, solar canopies.
- electrical connection components including distribution network operator (DNO) connection costs, smart charging and vehicle to grid technology costs
- the cost of civil engineering works related to the installation & labour costs of the installation
- the capital costs of a parking bay and traffic regulation orders (TROs) for example paint and signage, where applicable
Charge points and any associated infrastructure which is part of the project must be maintained for a minimum of 7 years after installation.
The ubitricity funding experts are happy to support you with the application process for the LEVI fund. Feel free to reach out to us today.