OLEV and WCS Schemes Charge Point Installation Service York


Buying a new car?

Looking to buy an EV (Electric Vehicle) or PHEV (Petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle)? Then it's highly likely you're going to need an EV Charge Point, more commonly know as electric car chargers. 


Going Green...

Our products are compatible with all current EVs and PHEVs and have been certified by many of the world's leading manufacturers - including Audi, BMW, Hyundai. Kia, Mini, Mitsubish, Mercedes, Nissan, Volvo, Volkswagen, etc...


Choose the right installer

Mad About Electrics are York's NIC EIC OLEV Approved Electrical Contractors. We are approved to carry out your Electric Car Charge Point installation in and around York.

OLEV Authorised Brands We Work With

Andersen OLEV Chargepoint Installer
myenergi zappi OLEV Chargepoint Installer
Pod Point OLEV Charge Point Installer
Webasto OLEV Chargepoint Installer
Rolec EV OLEV Chargepoint Installer
Rolec EV Smart Chargepoint


What is OLEV?


The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is connected to both the UK Department of Transport and the UK Department of Trade, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. It exists to promote the adoption of low emission vehicles.

OLEV Eligibility

How do I know if I am Eligible for an OLEV Grant?

The manufacturer, as well as the installer of your charge point, need to be authorized by OLEV for a successful application. Both Mad About Electrics and the charge points manufacturers we use are OLEV approved. There are currently two grant schemes available. The EVHS (Electric Vehicle Home Charge) scheme and the WCS (Workplace Charging Scheme). See here for WCS information. To qualify for the EVHS OLEV Grant you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have off-street parking.
  • Your property is within the UK.
  • Your vehicle is eligible for the grant. Click here to see if your vehicle is eligible
  • Your plug in vehicle was purchased after 1st October 2016. 
  • You can provide you MPAN number from your electricity account
  • Your charge point has to be smart enabled and connected (from July 2019)
  • You can provide evidence that you own or lease an electric vehicle (even if you haven’t received the vehicle).
  • You must not have claimed under the grant previously (You can only claim a second grant if you have a second eligible vehicle in the household).
  • If you rent your property you must have landlords permission.
  • The date of installation must not be more than four months ahead of the date of delivery or date the customer becomes the registered driver of the electric vehicle

To learn more about the application process, OLEV has created a guide that is available by clicking on the link below.

What is a smart charge point?


It's simple - if a charger is able to be remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal, then it’s a smart charge point. Smart charging can reduce high peaks of electricity demands and minimise the cost of electric vehicles to the electricity system. EV drivers can benefit from off-peak charging and reduced energy costs.

How do I apply for The grant?


You don’t have to worry about this as the OLEV Grant is actually applied for by us on your behalf, we’ll handle the application for you.

To claim up to £500 off the cost of your new home charge point, the next steps are to answer a few simple questions and share essential documents with us when ordering your home EV charge point.



We have a plug-in vehicle on order and it qualifies for the grant, what's the next step?

Well its not as complicated as you might think. Contact us and we will conduct an on site survey, we’ll provide guidance on the most suitable EV charge point installation along with an estimate for the work. If you are happy with the estimate we will schedule the work in our work diary and begin the grant claim process. That's it! Easy peasy!

We need an EV Charge Point, But what does it actually involve?

Your EV charge point requires an it's own dedicated ciruit, usually directly from the property’s consumer unit (aka "the fuseboard"). The cable required to supply the charger is quite chunky and therefore careful planning is required to find the best route for it. We are not a company who just finds the quickest & easiest route for the cable. We take great pride in our work and treat every installation as if it was our own home or property.

What's an Earth Spike?

One part of the installation clients aren't always aware of is there is sometimes a requirement for an earth spike to be installed. An earth spike is required in some all cases. In our experience this is where some installers fall short of the 18th Edition regulations. Earth spikes are not the best looking item in the world, but with good planning and good execution you can minimise the impact on the installation.

How long does the installation take?

Standard installations will normally take around half a day. In some cases it can take a full day depending on the installation requirements. It really depends on your property, location of the consumer unit, the run where we install the cable and where you would like the EV charge point installed.

Will we be able to charge our EV the same day?

Yes indeed. The charger will usually be installed, tested, commissioned and registered with the manufacturer on the day and will be ready to go straight away. If the manufacturer has an issue at their end, it's usually easily resolved during working hours.

What about payment?

You will receive our invoice, usually by email after we cary out the installation. As we claim the £500 grant on your behalf, the invoice you receive from Mad About Electrics will be for the amount remaining as per our estimate. 

As well as our invoice, you will also receive the electrical installation certificate and the Part P Notification for the work. Again this will usualy be sent by email.


WCS Approved Installer in York

Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints.

The contribution is limited to the 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £500 for each socket, up to a
maximum of 20 across all sites for each business.

Full details of the scheme are available on the OLEV website here


WCS is available to any business, charity or public authority, however there are few conditions which need to be met:

  • The charge points are only for use by your staff or fleet vehicles, not for customer use
  • You must have sufficient off-street parking and the parking facilities must be clearly associated with your premises
  • You do not need to have electric vehicles as part of your existing fleet, but you will need to show how you intend to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.
  • You must have the charging station installed by an OLEV-approved workplace charging station installer.

Apply now

To claim a WCS voucher you need to complete an online application form

If your application is approved you will be sent an email with a voucher code.  Pass this code onto Mad About Electrics so that they can claim the grant once the installation is complete.

The voucher is valid for 120 days from the date of issue so it is a good idea to talk to us before completing the application