Electric vehicles have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their environmental benefits and cost efficiency compared to petrol and diesel cars. Along with a looming ban on new petrol and diesel cars in the not-too-distant future, more and more people are opting to invest in electric vehicles, something to consider when thinking about installing EV charging stations for your business or commercial property.
The Benefits of Installing EV Charging Stations for Your Business
Investing in workplace EV charging stations for your business provides a range of benefits for your employees and company. From lowering your business’s carbon footprint to improving employee productivity. Read on to explore some of the main benefits:
Improve Employee Efficiency & Retention
Employees are always looking for new ways to shorten their commute time and make their morning feel less stressful, and electric vehicle owners will also be looking for somewhere to charge their cars during their working days. Investing in workplace charging points will help improve employee retention and efficiency, saving EV owners time and stress when parking their vehicles for the day and leaving you with a happier and more productive workforce.
Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint
Electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly, emitting zero carbon emissions as they don’t release any exhaust gases, which in turn helps to improve air quality and reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Their lack of an engine also means they’re much quieter than their counterparts, which helps to reduce noise pollution and disturbance. Installing charging points at your workplace may also encourage employees to invest in an electric vehicle or company leadership to invest in electric company cars if these are offered to employees. Other business initiatives you could also consider include upgrading your office lighting to energy and cost-efficient LED lighting.
Highlight Sustainability Initiatives
Installing electric vehicle charging points at your workplace shows your company’s dedication to improving your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Making changes to work towards expanding upon these initiatives gives a physical example of your organisation’s commitment to your ongoing sustainability and values.
Attract the Best Employees
A workplace charging station is a desirable benefit to any potential employees who own an EV. Offering potential employees the option to charge their vehicle at work may give you the edge over your competitors when recruiting for new roles.
Offer Something Your Competitors Aren’t
If your business offers a physical product, customers visiting or trying your products may drive to do so. By allowing potential customers to charge their car whilst shopping, you are differentiating yourself from your competitors, which may encourage customers to visit you over the competing options.
Future-Proof Your Business
There’s no denying that electric vehicles are fast becoming the future of transport. Investing in installing EV charging points at the workplace now will put you ahead of the curve, futureproofing your business and saving you time in future when they potentially become a necessity.
Government Grants Available for EV Charger Installation
If you’re considering installing EV chargers at your business, the government has a range of grants you can apply for if you are eligible. These grants cover some of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points. These include:
Workplace Charging Scheme
The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of purchasing and installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points. The WCS is open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations that meet the applicant and site eligibility criteria.
EV Infrastructure Grant
The EV infrastructure Grant for staff and fleets is designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses based in the UK. The grant covers up to 75% of the cost of installing the infrastructure needed for charge points to operate, for future charge points to be installed, and the cost of any charge points installed. There is a limit of £15,000 per grant.
Why Choose Akehurst for Your Workplace EV Charging Point Installation
If you are a business owner considering installing EV charging points at your workplace, our qualified and experienced team of electricians at Akehurst are proficient in installing EV charging points at commercial properties. We manage every installation step, from the initial site visit to charger choice and installation. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team who will happily provide you with more information and a no-obligation quote.