Electric Vehicle Charging for Public Spaces: Funding for Feasibility Studies – 1st January 2018 (UK)

The UK Governments Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, are investing up to £20 million in a 2-phase competition for innovation projects that will deploy new approaches to electric vehicle (EV) charging. This call is for Phase 1 is feasibility studies. Projects put forward will be based around a demonstration of business models and solutions that are suitable for investment, provide local authorities with new options they can be confident in and encourage electric vehicle take up in the area.  Solutions proposed should provide great experiences for end users, both private and public, such as street cleaning or delivery drivers.

Of particular interest are applications that can be used in different streets and locations and:

  • Provide well designed infrastructure that makes efficient use of street space
  • Favour interoperability with charging providers
  • Are resilient, as future proof as possible and minimise road disruption
  • Consider potential wider uses such as traffic movements or crime prevention
  • Consider local energy assets i.e. energy storage, grid balancing, energy trading, smart charging
  • Consider infrastructure with multiple use cases when not in use for charging

The total costs for a Phase 1 feasibility study should be £75,000 – £120,000 with funding available of:

  • Up to 70% for a micro or small business
  • Up to 60% for a medium-sized business
  • Up to 50% for a large business

Eligible projects will be business led and must:

  • Be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out the project work in the UK, unless a strong case is made to do otherwise
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Collaborate with other businesses, research organisations or third-sector organisations

Apply by 12:00pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018. Projects must start by 1 January 2019, end by 31 March 2019, and can last up to 3 months.

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General Guidance for Applicants


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