What is the LEVI scheme?
The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund (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.
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 OZEV have announced a £10m pilot competition to test the scheme, which is expected to fund between three and eight electric charging projects.
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 will be available for 3-8 pilot projects
- open to relevant local authorities in England
- Focuses on EV hubs and innovative on-street charging
- The closing date for the submission of finalised applications to the LEVI fund is 11.55pm on 17 June 2022.
Eligibility for the LEVI funding pilot scheme
Currently only the pilot scheme is open for applications. The LEVI funding pilot scheme is open to all local authorities in England as well as partnerships or consortiums led by a local authority within England.
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.
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. Exceptional circumstances will be considered. It has been warned that they do not expect rapid-only projects to be funded through the pilot.
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 offer
At ubitricity we are keen to hear from local authorities that have ideas and plans for innovation projects that could utilise the LEVI pilot fund. Please get in touch to discuss.
About ubitricity: We are a charge point operator (CPO), running the UK’s largest public charging network with over 5,000 charge points. ubitricity is well known for converting urban lamp posts into charge points. However, as part of the Shell Group, we offer charging solutions for every need, including all kinds of AC and DC charge points.
What is the LEVI pilot application process?
Currently the application process is very simple. To begin the application process, please submit an expression of interest email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘LEVI expression of interest’ and include the following details:
- The name and address of your local authority
- Contact details of the enquiring officer, including job title
Learn more about the application process on the website of the Energy Saving Trust.
If you are in a position to apply now, you can download the LEVI application form here.
Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be assessed by a panel and funding will be awarded to projects which the panel considers best meet the overall aims of the pilot.
You must submit your completed application for the LEVI fund by 11:55pm, 17 June 2022.
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.