One third of UK companies plan to put in electrical automobile charging factors at staff houses
A third of UK companies would consider installing electric vehicle charging points in their employees’ homes
- According to a new study, a third of companies would consider installing charging points in employees’ homes to support the use of electric vehicles
- One in five says the increase in home work has affected their plans
- Up-front costs and operational challenges continue to be an obstacle to the widespread adoption of home charging
According to a new study, a third of UK companies using company cars would consider installing electric charging points in their employees’ homes.
After the pandemic, companies using company vehicles seem to be pushing their plans to electrify their fleets, according to data from energy consultancy Centrica Business Solutions.
Four out of five companies said the increase in home working encouraged them to consider providing charging points for their employees.
Companies reported that one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption has been addressing the complexities of charging EVs by employees at home and at public charging points
The news comes after it became known that UK companies are looking to invest £ 15.8 billion in electrifying their fleets over the next year – a 50 percent increase over their spending over the past 12 months.
With the government’s ban on internal combustion engine vehicles less than a decade away, it all suggests that more companies are willing to act now rather than risking delaying their own electric vehicle rollouts.
“Moving to more flexible working conditions means companies are rethinking how to manage the transition to electric fleets and support their employees with the right charging infrastructure,” said Greg McKenna, Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions.
“It is important to note, however, that a third of drivers do not have access to off-street parking, which means businesses need a balance of home charging, workplace charging and a robust public charging network to carry out their electrification plans.
“As the ban on traditionally fueled vehicles approaches and the cost of charging on the road becomes prohibitive, we are likely to see more employers offering home charging stations along with systems to help them manage the chargers and manage energy consumption. ‘
Despite the shift, 13 percent of businesses are moving in the opposite direction and canceling their EV plans due to the overall pandemic.
Companies reported that one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption has been addressing the complexities of charging EVs by employees at home and at public charging points.
There are currently 15,399 locations in the UK with installed public charging points, with the number of devices at these locations being 24,129 according to the Zap-Map.
With the number of public charging points increasing every month – 711 new devices added to the Zap-Map database in the last 30 days – this could help alleviate some of those fears eventually.
But even companies that have no plans to install remote charging points claim to be put off by the upfront costs, operational challenges, and uncertainty surrounding installation partners.
The workplace recharge program can cut the cost of purchasing and installing an EV charging station by 75 percent, or up to £ 14,000.
It’s capped at £ 350 per charge point socket and can cover up to 40 sockets per store.
Small accommodation providers such as B & Bs can also apply for funding for the installation of equipment at their locations.
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