According to estimates from the National Grid, eventually around nine million electric vehicles will need to be charged away from home. This is because 43% of UK households have no access to off-street parking.
At the same time, the current schedule is for a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to come into force in 2040.
Clearly then, people will need to charge their cars somewhere.
Whereas various solutions have been put forward, from modifying street furniture such as lampposts to adapting petrol stations, one clear solution is for people to charge their electric vehicles at work.
Workplace EV Charging
The future is already here when it comes to EV charging. OLEV, the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, already has a Workplace Charging Scheme grant in place.
This is a voucher-based scheme, where businesses can apply for support with the upfront costs associated with installing EV charging points on their premises.
The costs currently covered are for £300 for each charging point, up to a maximum of 20 sockets.
Businesses applying will have to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the voucher scheme. To redeem the voucher they must then use an OLEV approved installer of EV charging points.
Meanwhile, the growth of electric cars’ popularity is considerable, from some 3,500 new electric or hybrid vehicles registered in 2013, to over 63,000 in 2017, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.
There are about 40 different EV models the UK consumer can currently choose from.
The New Normal
At some point, electric vehicles will become the new normal, reaching a tipping point of mass acceptance and use.
It makes sense for businesses to be at the forefront of enabling this change, and even accelerating it.
Providing EV charging facilities will, at this early stage, be a mark of differentiation for those businesses that take the plunge, boosting their green credentials in both practical and reputational terms.
Alongside this brand enhancement for participating businesses, come other, tangible, practical benefits.
Business Benefits of EVs
Electric vehicles are becoming attractive not just because of their environmentally-friendly qualities.
They are looking increasingly like a cost-effective option, with associated tax breaks and potential savings of around £100 per every 1,000 miles, when compared to a diesel or petrol vehicle.
Moreover, the Chancellor announced in the 2017 budget that drivers charging their electric vehicles at work would no longer be subject to benefit-in-kind charges.
While this does not apply to company-owned vehicles, it is a strong incentive for people to drive their own electric vehicles to work and charge them there.
The message is clear: there are clear benefits for both employers and employees in enabling people to use EV charging points in the workplace.
For any business looking to become an early adopter of EV charging, and to demonstrate its green credentials, the opportunity is there for them to act positively and embrace the future now.
Future Energy Group is an OLEV-approved installer of EV vehicle charging points, in the workplace, and for home use.
We can help your business take the next, vital step. Contact us to find out more.