Under the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) your business can get grants of up to £6,000 to install EV charging points.
We have been approved by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install electric vehicle charging points. OLEV is a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). They are providing over £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of ULEV development, manufacture and use. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.
To gain this approval we have carried out specialist training on the best practice install of domestic and commercial EV charge points plus we also had to gain approval from the EV charge point manufacturers to install their equipment.
Since the announcement last year that the government are banning the purchase of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, the motor industry is going through a big change. To add to this Theresa May recently mentioned that 60% of cars and 40% of vans need to be electric by 2030. Currently on the road there are 145,000 electric vehicles with 4000 a month being bought so we felt the need to be ahead of the trendline and help businesses like yourself with an EV strategy.
Booking.com has recently added a filter option for “Electric Vehicle Charging Points” as this is a top priority for the EV driver when considering destinations and then everything else follows. Any hotel unable to provide these facilities are instantly removed once this boxed is ticked therefore missing out on potential income. On the flip side, businesses that have made the investment to support their customers green transport decisions are front runners in maintaining their customer or/and attracting new custom.
A refurb? Or even able to install on an ad-hoc basis? My advice is to start thinking EV as the investment of charge points is one that will inevitably have to come. There are many benefits for installing charge points from satisfying ISO 14001 or 500001 accreditations, marketing opportunities, supporting your customers vehicle choice and many more. The best bit….they don’t have to be free-to-use. EV drivers are paying to use these facilities so any investment made will have a payback period.
This year alone there are to be 30+ new EV vehicles introduced to the market which will only see the adoption of electric vehicles increase as brand loyal drivers maybe have an EV option. As the car market invests so do the charge point manufacturers meaning more solutions than ever before.