EV Charging

On-site charging for your fossil-fuel-free fleet and customers.

EV CHARGING

Business and Environmental Benefits 

As we know, electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer a niche technology, they are now mainstream as can be deduced from declarations by Governments and manufacturers. Major manufacturers such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen, and others are ceasing the manufacturing of combustion engine cars completely in favour of the many advantages of EVs not just for the consumer, but for businesses also and especially our environment.

Those advantages to the environment are obvious, recognised and understood, and are not in the scope of this page.

But the business benefits of transitioning to a fossil-fuel-free fleet, and catering for users such as staff, visitors, and customers may not be so obvious for those who have not yet explored them.

Business Benefits

☑ Lower vehicle running costs
☑ 80-90% lower fuel bills.
☑ Up to £3,500 grant for electric cars*
☑ Up to £8,000 grant for electric vans*
☑ Tax incentives and exemptions
– 100% capital allowance in 1st year
– fuel duty
– vehicle excise duty
– company car tax
– van benefit charge
– fuel benefit charge
☑ Encourage staff take-up of EVs
☑ Cater for visitors and customers with EVs

EV Charging Points and Stations

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Post mounted
charge point

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Charging
Station

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Cabinet Options
– Charge Point’s
– Payment machine
– Battery storage

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Solar Canopy

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We don’t have a concrete definitions for “charging points” and “charging stations”. In our vocabulary…

Charging points

Single units that can charge one or two vehicles at the same time and can be mounted on posts, lighting poles, solar canopies or walls.

Charging stations

These tend to be large boxed units that are standalone units, servicing multiple vehicles, can take payments, etc. These are increasingly being seen in motorway services stations, Supermarket car parks, some petrol stations, commercial fleet operators, etc.

A typical charging station can be seen to the left in the image above, and a charging post just to the right of it.   

Criteria and Options

☐ Mounting options, (post/wall/standalone)
☐ Different connectors
☐ Can be powered by Solar also
☐ Multiple charging modes
☐ Tethered option
☐ Untethered option
☐ SMART/Intelligent hub feature
☐ Load balancing for multiple chargers
☐ Remote management & software support
☐ OLEV approved
☐ Warranty periods

Other considerations

Payment options for users, managing staff, visitor, or customer charging

Vehicle charging rates and charging point/station power.

  • Slow charging
    A typical 3kW charger will take a car from empty to a full charge in about 8 hours. Clearly, this is more for domestic use or for fleet cars left on-site overnight.
  • Fast charging
    Our business chargers output 22kW as used by most public charging stations. These will take around three to four hours to fully replenish an electric car’s batteries from zero charge. 
  • Rapid charging
    Rapid chargers are normally rated around 50kW. Providing the vehicle can ‘take’ charging at this rate, it can reach a typical 80% charge in only half an hour. That’s enough time for a leisurely cup of coffee or comfort break, whilst your car tops up with another 100 miles or so of range. 

* Please read the disclaimer below

Costs and Charges

There is no off-the-shelf answer to this heading.

Every installation is unique and the costs are going to vary depending on many factors and variables mainly to do with the site and the customer’s ideal requirements.

If you are looking just to introduce EV charging to your premises or as part of a bigger installation project with us we will arrange quotes and estimations for you free of charge or commitment.

Grants and Funding

Grants

Grants are currently available to contribute to the up-front costs of purchasing and installing EV charging points or stations for your business premises. This funding subsidises the cost of installing an EV charging infrastructure in your car park for the use of staff, visitors and fleet vehicles.

The maximum grant at the moment is £350 incl VAT per charge point, up to a maximum of 40 charge points, i.e. £14,000 incl VAT. For larger companies with multiple sites, it may be possible to qualify for multiple grants across multiple sites depending on how the company is structured. 

Funding

EV charging infrastructure installations are normally done as part of one of our larger renewable energy infrastructure projects. For example, a customer who is installing solar on the property, such as on the roof and/or car parking spaces, can add EV charging for staff and customers to the project. Depending on the type of funding being used the cost of installing EV charging may be able to be included in that funding either partially or in whole. 

Acknowledgements and Disclaimers

The world of renewable energy infrastructure, electric vehicles, and vehicle charging is developing rapidly. The technical specifications of all the various options are beyond the scope of this document. However, we are happy to answer any questions we can.

The information is meant purely for illustration purposes only as a guide. Any figures quoted are subject to change over time, and vary between manufacturers, models and availability.

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