More and more businesses are making a conscious effort to reduce their carbon emissions and become more sustainable. There are many ways for firms to improve their sustainability, with one of the biggest being the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).
Here, ENGIE’s EV Solutions, a provider of integrated electric vehicle charging solutions in the UK, shares the top things you need to know about getting an EV charge point installed at your workplace and the six key benefits of going electric – whether for your staff or your fleet.
1 - You can receive a Workplace Charging Grant from the government
The government offers initiatives for workplace charging to make it more accessible. The government’s Workplace Charging Grant scheme allows businesses to claim up to £14,000 towards the cost of installing EV Charging. The scheme was introduced by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles to help support and encourage organisations looking to install electric vehicle charging facilities at their workplace.
You could also be eligible to take advantage of tax super-deductions on new plant and machinery as announced in this year’s budget, which are applicable to EV charge points. This new policy will allow companies to cut their tax bill by up to 25p for every £1 invested
2 - Turn it into a revenue stream for your business
When you install EV charging points at your workplace, you can make the decision to make them available for public use as well as employees. In doing so, you can establish a separate public tariff, whereby you can charge the public who use your charge points and generate revenue. You can even set dedicated tariffs for different groups of drivers, allowing you to personalise pricing for the likes of staff, visitors and the public.
3 - There are clear benefits for employees too
Following the installation of charging points at your workplace, the next step is to encourage employees to make the most of them – and there are huge benefits to inform them of. Employees can take advantage of several new government initiatives, enabling them to make the switch to an EV with 0% Benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax (rising to 1% as of 1 April 2021).
In addition to this, the recharging cost of an EV is likely to be much cheaper than refuelling a petrol or diesel vehicle. Having dedicated workplace charging points will help support your employees in keeping their EV charged up. Informing your employees of these benefits could encourage them to switch to an EV vehicle and enable your business to become collectively more sustainable.
4 - It will considerably reduce your businesses carbon footprint
In order to achieve the UK’s goals to be net zero by 2050, it is vital that everyone plays their part – including businesses of all shapes and sizes. With vehicle emissions currently being one of the main contributors to air pollution, installing EV charging points at your workplace could have a significant impact. By changing to electric vehicles for your company fleet and employee company car options, or by encouraging members of staff to utilise charging points, you can considerably reduce your corporate carbon footprint. This will reduce both emissions and the overall running costs of vehicles.
5 - Choose a charger to suit you and your workplace
It is not a one size fits all when it comes to EV charging points, which is why there are various devices you can choose from to find the right option for your workplace. There are three main types of chargers available that would be suitable for workplace charging which include:
- Fast Charging Ground and Post Mounted Chargers
- Wall Mounted Chargers
- Rapid Chargers
This means that when it comes to getting an EV charge point installed at your office, you can pick the charger most suitable for your space. Whether it’s something small and compact to be attached to a wall if your car parking space is fairly small or a fast-charging point that will be placed into the ground. Whatever size space you have, you can be assured that you will find a charger to suit.
6 - It enhances your offering as a business
Installing an EV charging solution at your workplace not only provides benefits for your staff, but also helps to enhance your wider business offering. For example, providing these facilities to potential customers or partners visiting your business sets you apart from others. It gives them a reason to spend more time at your workplace and will also increase your brand reputation as an environmentally conscious business. This can lead to strengthened relationships with potential customers and positively impact your business.
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