LEVI 101: Where are we?

  • The LEVI Fund propels EV chargepoint installations in England with £343 million for 2023/24 and 2024/25.
  • Oxford City Council hosting LEVI-focused side events at the EV SUMMIT 2024, next week.
  • As of March 2024, £185 million allocated to 39 new EV chargepoint projects, prioritizing low-powered on-street chargers in urban areas.

Oxford City Council’s LEVI Fund side events: What fits best for my charging project?

The EV SUMMIT kick-starts in just five days, and, on top of phenomenal panel discussions, keynote speakers, and networking receptions, the summit will host two side events detailing the future of LEVI funding.

These side events will be hosted by Oxford City Council on the 16th of July. The first will detail how LEVI procurement will change with upcoming deadlines. Later, the second session will function as a Q&A to open the floor to any unresolved queries or concerns from our attendees. 

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The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund is here to help local authorities in England roll out charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). This initiative is crucial for residents who lack off-street parking.

LEVI offers two types of funding: capital and capability

Capital funding supports the actual installation of chargepoints. Capability funding ensures that local authorities have the necessary staff and expertise to plan and implement these projects.

As of March, 2024, the fund has allocated over £185 million to 39 new projects aimed at installing EV charge points in key areas. This brings the total number of approved projects to 44.

The LEVI fund, with a total allocation of £343 million for financial years 2023/24 and 2024/25, primarily targets urban areas where off-street parking is scarce. The focus is on installing predominantly low-powered on-street chargers, although some higher-powered units may be considered as part of broader projects.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and the LEVI Support Body, comprising the Energy Saving Trust, PA Consulting, and Cenex, are providing ongoing support and guidance to local authorities involved in the fund. They have introduced a new training course specifically designed for local authority officers to enhance their expertise in EV infrastructure development.

This fund is crucial to supporting the UK’s clean energy transition

With a new Labour government in power, the regulatory landscape surrounding EVs is currently in flux until the updated approach is in place.

The application process for tranche 2 of the capital funding is currently open, although it is coming to a close on the 19th of July. Oxford City Council’s side event, ‘The changing face of procurement for LEVI’, will take attendees through any last minute queries, and the next steps after the deadline date. It’s not one to miss.

Find out more about the EV SUMMIT here – https://www.evsummit.biz/agenda

Secure one of the final delegate passes to the EV SUMMIT 2024, here – https://www.evsummit.biz/delegate-pass

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