Convenient access to charging is an important aspect of encouraging electric vehicle uptake. One in three drivers surveyed for the latest LeasePlan Mobility Insights Report cited a lack of home charging as a barrier to going to electric , and providing that infrastructure is a priority for the UK Government as part of its Road to Zero strategy . This includes support for households without off-street parking, which account for around a quarter of all cars registered in the UK .
What support is available for on-street charging?
Launched in 2017, the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS) provides grants for local authorities to deploy chargepoints in areas where off-street parking is not available . To date, this has funded more than 4,000 charging posts kerbside and in council-owned car parks nationwide, and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is making a further £20m available for the 2021/22 financial year, which it hopes will almost double the size of the network.
The scheme provides up to 75% towards the installation and procurement costs for residential charging points, with the remainder expected to be covered by the local authority or chargepoint network operator. Funding is capped at £7,500 per unit, with up to £13,000 available for locations with “particularly high” electrical connection costs . Ubitricity  and Char.gy  offer solutions which can utilise share their electrical supply with street lighting, and these account for most of the current infrastructure.
Chargepoints must feature a Type 2 outlet or tethered cable (compatible with most new plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles) and must be available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even if they are in a car park. Councils can also offer access to visitors, with the same membership-free access requirements as any other public charging point. In the long term, OZEV says it hopes the scheme will encourage development of a convenient, self-sufficient charging network.
How do I request an on-street charging point?
Councils are responsible for seeing permission from highways authorities and applying for grant funding, but residents can take an active role in getting that process under way. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, so the first step is contacting your local authority to highlight where there’s demand for on-street charging.
- A full list of UK council contact information is available on the Local Government Association website, here.
- Specific instructions for each London borough are available on the London Councils website, here.
- Drivers can also register their interest through Char.gy by placing a pin on an interactive map. The company will lobby the relevant local authority on their behalf. This can be accessed here.
Quick read: On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme
- Established 2017
- Run in partnership with The Energy Saving Trust (EST)
- UK Government committed £20 million to continue initiative into 2022
- Helped 140 Local Authority Projects
- Supported 4,000 charge points across the UK
- Fund meets 75% of the cost of installing kerbside charging
- Impetus on Local Authority – not part of nationwide structured programme
References and further information:
 LeasePlan Mobility Insights Report. (2021). [online]. Available at: https://www.leaseplan.com/corporate/~/media/Files/L/Leaseplan/documents/news-articles/2021/report-mir-evs-and-sustainability.pdf [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 OZEV (2018). Reducing emissions from road transport: Road to Zero Strategy. [online]. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-emissions-from-road-transport-road-to-zero-strategy [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 Department for Transport. (2021). National Travel Survey: Where vehicle parked overnight by Rural-Urban Classification: England, 2002 onwards (NTS0908) [online] Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/906054/nts0908.ods [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 Department for Transport (2021). Government powers up electric vehicle revolution with £20 million chargepoints boost. [online] GOV.UK. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-powers-up-electric-vehicle-revolution-with-20-million-chargepoints-boost [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 OZEV (2021). On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme guidance for local authorities. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grants-for-local-authorities-to-provide-residential-on-street-chargepoints/grants-to-provide-residential-on-street-chargepoints-for-plug-in-electric-vehicles-guidance-for-local-authorities#funding-and-eligibility-criteria [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 Ubitricity. (n.d.). ubitricity charging solutions – Easy and convenient charging for everyone. [online] Available at: https://www.ubitricity.co.uk/residential_charging/ [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].
 char.gy. (n.d.). Information for Councils. [online] Available at: https://char.gy/councils [Accessed 21 Apr. 2021].