EV Charging Stations for Business
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With the Government pushing for further electric vehicle (EV) ownership, is your business ready to provide valued electric car charging to your staff, visitors and customers?
Benefits of Electric Cars for Business
Onsite electric car or, as they’re sometimes referred to, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations give your business the means to power its own EV fleet, in addition to providing valued facilities to the growing private ownership of EVs for staff, visitors and customers. As part of a wider energy solution, an electric car charging point installation can be integrated with solar carports, in part providing charging for EVs with green electricity generated from solar power. When combined with other energy-efficient measures, the cost of charging electric cars can be reduced further.
EV Charge Point Installation with EvoEnergy
EvoEnergy provides an electric car charger installation service for commercial sites, using trusted and reliable technology from various manufacturing brands. All of our solutions are bespoke to meet the current and future demands for EV charging within your business.
Why Install Commercial EV Charging Stations
Air pollution in the UK is currently at an alarming level and this is largely due to the huge volume of petrol and diesel vehicles on the road today; this level of pollution is responsible for shortening the lives of over 40,000 people every year.
Thankfully, ownership of electric vehicles – both private and commercial – is increasing year on year, however, many businesses are failing to provide valued electric car charger facilities to these owners. Today, there are over 100,000 registered electric vehicles on the road in the UK.
If your business doesn’t already own electric vehicles, or doesn’t have any staff/customers/visitors that need such facilities, it’s inevitable that this scenario will soon change given the growing rate of EV ownership and external pressures for greener business and transport. For example, many forward-thinking businesses are now operating a fleet of electric vans for deliveries to reduce their impact on the environment, creating the need for EV charging stations onsite.
What is the Cost of Charging Electric Cars?
The cost of charging and running electric cars is low compared to running a diesel or petrol car. A typical EV charged from flat to full could cost from as little as £4 up to £10 depending on the type of EV and your energy tariff. This cost could fall further if EV charging solutions utilise green energy from a solar PV installation onsite.
To get a more accurate assessment of what the cost of charging your electric car will be, including the likely carbon emission savings (compared to a petrol/diesel car), EvoEnergy have developed a free resource for you to download and input a few numbers (that you will know) to produce a range of data to help you make a more confident EV purchasing decision.
As part of a wider energy solution, EV charging stations can be integrated with solar carports, utilising the carport’s rooftop solar panels to contribute to the charge of the electric vehicle during daylight hours; green vehicles charged with green energy. At any one time, electricity demand for charging vehicles above what is readily available from the solar would be purchased in from the Grid.
How to Charge Electric Cars at Night
Businesses may choose to install EV charging points because they already have a solar PV system or solar carport onsite, and they see the benefits of the two working together. If battery storage is also utilised onsite, then electric company vehicles can be charged overnight from the energy that is stored in the battery. This stored energy may have come from unused electricity generated by rooftop solar PV during the day, in addition to electricity purchased from the grid when the unit rate is cheap.
Benefits of an EV Charging Point Installation
EV users – staff, visitors and company vehicles
Provide valued facilities to staff and visitors that own an EV in addition to providing onsite electric car charging for company owned EV’s such as delivery vans and pool cars.
A large convenience for your staff and visitors to charge their EV’s whilst at the workplace. This can be displayed as a perk of working at the organisation, coinciding with your sustainability goals.
Enhance your CSR
Having EV charging stations and encouraging EV ownership/usage will have a positive impact on your Corporate Social Responsibility. The amount of energy used for charging electric vehicles can also be regularly presented as a tangible benefit in terms of carbon reduction.
Internal schemes (incentivised or non-incentivised) can educate your workforce about EV’s and increase ownership.
Sell electricity to staff and visitors
Option to charge staff and visitors a competitive price for EV charging (compared to plugging in at home). This can be done via coins, tokens, smartphone apps or bank cards on a ‘Pay as You Go’ basis.
Get in Contact
To discuss how your business can benefit from EV charging stations and how it can form part of a wider energy strategy, get in contact with us today.