On 30 March 2023, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced they were launching a further £380.8m for the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund. This fund supports local authorities in England to work with the charge point industry in the roll out of electric vehicle infrastructure – a major player in reducing our adverse effects on climate change.
The funding has been broken down into two parts:
1. Capital Fund
A £343m Capital Fund has been allocated to contribute towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charging points. This includes, charging hardware, electrical connections and civil engineering costs.
The energy saving trust website states that the capital fund aims to:
A breakdown for your local authority region capital funding allocation can be found here.
A further £37.8m Capability Fund has been made available to help support the resources needed to build an electric vehicle charging strategy - a programme to deliver it and finally maintain it.
With the government’s ambition to achieve a target of 300,000 public electric vehicle charge points by 2030, the funding is welcomed news to support local authorities as they look to roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
VolkerSmart Technologies has been supporting the roll out of electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs) since 2017. Since then, VolkerSmart Technologies has established themselves as a market leader and have installed over 5,000 EVCPs. As a contractor, rather than a charge point operator (CPO), they have a unique view of the market, whereby working with various partners and local authorities to install a range of EVCPs. This provides clients with an independent view on what charging point is right for your local authority, location and budget.
On your journey to rolling out electric vehicle charging, there are some challenges to consider along the way. We have picked out the ones we give our clients the most advice on:
In principle there are three financial models to consider. Deciding which financial model is right for you depends on your initial budget, the amount of ownership you would like over the charging infrastructure and revenue you would like to generate.
As part of local authority’s electric vehicle strategy, we typically see the project separated into two main categories: on-street and off-street. In general, most EV charging is done at home, overnight, so an understanding of how many of your residents rely upon on street parking is essential. Residents who live in more rural areas will also need consideration. This is because the demand for electric vehicle charging in rural areas is typically lower, making it less appealing for private investment.
There are four main charging speeds: slow, fast, rapid and ultra-rapid. LEVI funding is primarily intended to support slower speed charge points.
Slower speed charge points have an output between 3kW-6kW and are best suited for home charging. There are various options available to best support on-street home charging. This can include lamp column chargers, wall or pedal stool mounted and unique flat and flush solutions.
Fast charger output ranges between 7kW-22kW and are normally labelled as ‘destination chargers.’ These are typically installed for off-street parking and can be found in car parks, retail estates and supermarkets.
Rapid chargers and beyond have an output from 43kW. The majority of rapid chargers would be found at service stations/public rest stops and for everyday car users, you will typically find an output between 43kW – 150kW. Rapid chargers are still eligible for LEVI funding, but it is expected that LEVI funding supports slower home-based charging.
It is essential that the EV charging network is reliable. The user experience is an important part of the journey and maintenance of your EVCPs form part of that journey. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) should be considered to keep charger down time to a minimum. SLA’s can be tailored to meet your needs and range from planned services to reactive maintenance. Using the charge point software, many faults can be diagnosed remotely, so disruption can be kept to a minimum, with an engineer only required to attend site to carry out the repairs.
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