Why should you consider workplace EV charging?
Electric car sales rose by an impressive 43% (to more than 3 million) in 2020, despite the Covid pandemic. With the increase in electric vehicles on the road paired with targets to make almost half of all UK cars electric by 2030, there are a lot of necessary changes needed to ensure the EV charging infrastructure meets demand.
Shockingly, 75% of electric vehicle owners are unable to charge their car at work in the UK at present. This means that there is a need to make businesses more EV friendly environments.
Here’s why it works to have EV charging at work:
1. Cars are parked at work for long periods of time, hence charging whilst parked adds no hassle to the workplace or employee. Whether it is for charging employees’ cars during the day or a fleet of vehicles overnight, charging at work eliminates the need to plan charging at home or at a nearby charging points. Workplace EV charging, therefore, ensures that employees or clients are able to charge at work and get from A to B.
2. Meeting employee needs. Employees who feel happy and content at work are more likely to succeed in their role and provide the best for your workplace. The welcome perk of workplace charging can increase job satisfaction and offer confidence in employees switching their car to electric.
3. Offering workplace charging also demonstrates social responsibility. Efforts to reduce carbon emissions shows your business has made a demonstrable effort to reduce their impact on the current climate and future. Workplace EV charging clearly shows a positive message that you have an agenda to be environmentally conscious.
4. Charging points at work offer convenience to clients. Having EV charging facilities can influence someone to purchase your product or service. This is a major factor in the decision-making process for consumers with EVs who may be visiting your premises. Added convenience to their day provides them with one more reason to choose to buy from you.
5. Workplace charging shows that the company is forward-thinking. Rather than appearing dated or lagging behind the times, having workplace charging demonstrates that your workplace has insight into what is happening and is ready for action.
6. There is also the option to generate further revenue from workplace charging. For example, staff could be offered free charging, but you could also provide a paid-for charging point to other tenants in the same block or visitors.
How you can add workplace EV charging at a low cost: The Workplace Scheme or WCS
Fundamental to the government’s drive towards encouraging more people to buy electric cars is support for EV infrastructure. As part of this, the government rolled out a workplace charging scheme to help with the cost. The Workplace Scheme or WCS enables businesses to accommodate electric vehicles. The scheme provides incredibly beneficial support to the up-front costs of both the purchase and installation of EV charging points. It can reduce these costs by 75% which is equivalent to up to £350 per socket. As well as this, the grant can be claimed for up to 40 charge points across all sites of your business.
If you want the benefits of having workplace EV charging without the total upfront cost of implementing it into your workplace, the workplace charging scheme is your ideal solution.
What you need to apply
To apply to the scheme for workplace EV charging you must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
- Be a registered business, charity, or public sector organisation evidenced by a Companies House reference number. Or you can apply by using your VAT registration number or HMRC registration letter. Charities not in possession of any of this documentation can upload a copy of their registration to the Charity Commission by using the upload field reserved for HMRC registration letters
- Have dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or fleets
- Own the property or have consent from the landlord for EV charge points to be installed at all the sites listed in the application
- No proof of EV is required but you will be required to state the business need to encourage EV update among staff and/or fleet
- Your workplace EV charging must be installed by an OZEV-approved installer
The application process
Applications to the Workplace Charging Scheme are made via the online application portal which can be found here.
The process is as follows:
- Step 1: applicant completes online application
- Step 2: voucher generated
- Step 3: installer completes installation
- Step 4: installer submits claim via the portal
- Step 5: grant level confirmed – up to 75% of the costs
- Step 6: installer receives grant
It is worth noting that applications must be completed and sent before any installation begins in order to be eligible for the scheme.
Helpful tips for the application process
To take advantage of the Workplace Charging Scheme, these pointers will be useful to bear in mind:
- Be sure to check emails carefully for the unique identification voucher code which will be sent once you have applied. If you do not see it in your inbox, check your junk and spam folders.
- Note down the unique identification voucher code as this is required by your OZEV-authorised installer.
- Your voucher will be valid for 6 months (180 days) from the date of issue and there will be an expiry date printed on the voucher as well.
- You must ensure that the installer is OZEV authorised and this is recognised.
With this helpful guide to applying for the Workplace Charging Scheme, you can now progress on to adding workplace charging to your business and realise all of the benefits. Interested in further details about why workplace charging is a good choice for you? Click here.