Plug-in Car Grant Scheme

Plug-in Car Grant Scheme

Project: Plug-in car grant scheme
Client: Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) 
Solution:  Online application submission, tracking and reporting 

In 2009 the UK Department for Transport formally announced its intention to a launch a grant-based consumer incentive scheme for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as part of a package of measures to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets for transport. The proposed scheme was viewed as a key policy measure to stimulate the demand and supply of ultra low carbon vehicles (ULCVs) and maximize the benefit to UK businesses and consumers.

In August 2010, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) appointed Ricardo as a consumer incentive delivery agent (CIDA) to develop and operate the scheme.

Our digital services team built a cost effective web application with workflow automation for the submission, tracking and reporting of grant orders. The portal was used by car dealers to place orders, manufacturers who had the ability to monitor progress of sales orders, DfT/OLEV to run statistical reports on the overall programme and the Ricardo project team in order to administer the programme effectively in its duties as Delivery Agent. Our web portal was developed to be highly secure, accredited by UK Government as HMG OFFICIAL due to the personal and commercially sensitive data.  We were intrusted to host the solution successfully over a period of 7 years.

Office for low emissions vehicle application portal screenshot

Project Breakdown

A solution developed by our highly experienced digital services team using an integration of Enterprise level Open Source components. We implemented the portal using tried and tested modules such as web forms, metrics dashboard, reporting frameworks, user management and audit logging modules.

Our team have all the experience necessary for developing secure accredited systems, handling the Non Functional requirements compliant with EU and UK Government requirements.