EV subsidies to boost Europe’s charging infrastructure

by Juha Stenberg

Building an electric future for European drivers

With more and more emphasis on reaching the EU 2020 target, European governments are giving a significant push for the electric vehicle industry with various subvention programs. For instance France, Netherlands, and Norway have already taken leaps forward by offering substantial governmental EV subsidies. And in April 2016, Germany established an approved incentive scheme of a whopping €1,2bn.

Included in the German subsidies package, each EV sale in Germany will receive a rebate of 4,000 euros, with plug-in hybrids qualifying for €3,000. To boost the German electric recharging network, 300 million euros were allocated, and €100 million to allow government departments to buy electric vehicles.

With Germany being the biggest player in Europe’s automotive industry, it’s easy to imagine that shifting its massive landscape demands equally massive input.

But the UK is no pushover either. It has something called OLEV.

Ensto is OLEV approved

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across the UK government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). They are providing over £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of ULEV use, and improve its economic growth and environment. 

The OLEV grant offers EV providers £500 off the cost of purchasing and installing a charging point. To qualify for the grant, applicants need to offer off-street parking and use an OLEV-approved charging point installer. And I’m happy to say that Ensto passed both with flying colours – for both domestic and public EV charging!

Improving the EV infrastructure in Europe

The fact that our products are now OLEV approved will allow Ensto to significantly improve the EV infrastructure of the UK. As there have been various reports of previously unreliable charging solutions used in the UK, we can offer a fix for the situation with durable, high quality charging stations that provide intelligent and user-friendly services. It doesn’t only benefit the end user, but also the environment: the long lifecycle products of Ensto have V2G and V2H capability – fully integrating them to any Smart Grid. 

Whether the customer operates in the retail, public, or private sector, we are always happy to offer direct consultation and provide a solution that fits any scenario and in any location. If you want to learn how to really benefit from the EV subsidies in your charging infrastructure, our Ensto teams around Europe are happy to offer their know-how.


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Topics: EV infrastructure, EV charging business, ev charging infrastructure, ev charging networks, ev subsidies

Written by Juha Stenberg

Juha Stenberg

Juha Stenberg is the Managing Director of Chago. Possessing a vast experience in senior positions in the intersecting fields of energy and technology, Juha is a leading figure in the Nordic cleantech industry. He has been a member of various energy and technology industry associations, having also served as a governmental policy advisor. Juha travels extensively for work and pleasure and likes to relax by researching his next destination.