Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
We’re passionate about helping developers, businesses and homeowners take advantage of cheaper, greener driving. Whether you’re an architect or developer, business owner or homeowner, we can help you meet environmental targets, find the most cost-effective solutions, and sometimes even generate a second income stream.
Charging at Home
All electric cars have a 3-pin plug as standard, however installing a dedicated charging point will give you faster charging speeds and built-in safety features.
Most home installations are 7kw speed chargers, which equates to 30 miles of charge per hour. This is three times faster than a standard 3-pin connection.
Chargers either have a Type 2 charging cable attached (tethered), or Type 2 socket to accommodate your charging cable that was supplied with your car (untethered).
So, given that they most charge at the same rate and are all suitable for all vehicles what is the difference between them? Well, it boils down to the overall aesthetics, budget, positioning and overall suitability of the property.
Charging at Work
With over 495,000 plug-in vehicles registered in the UK, and more than 175,000 being registered last year alone, it’s likely that your team will need to charge their vehicles onsite.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) allows your business to claim a grant of up to £350 per charging socket installation. These must be dedicated off-street parking for staff only; up to a maximum of 40 sockets in total.
A key consideration is the grant can only be used on the first round of installations. So, charging points your business adds afterwards will not qualify.
Five reasons to invest...
The UK government has been applying pressure to businesses for many years to reduce their carbon footprint and look for greener solutions. They are being strongly advised to bring forward environmental targets, especially those concerned with petrol and diesel vehicles, and businesses will be required to react to future changes and policies.
Providing electric vehicle charging points in the workplace is an environmentally sound decision that will satisfy these requirements and prepare a business for the expansion of the electric vehicle market. Installing EV charge points will put businesses ahead of any pressurised transition period and in front of the curve of demand.
Businesses have an increasing responsibility to provide access to EV charging points to their employees and clients. The EV market is constantly evolving and businesses that are investing in installing charging points are fulfilling their responsibility. Businesses that have electric vehicle charging points are providing better amenities and fit-for-purpose commercial premises.
EV drivers will need to, and expect to, charge their vehicles at their workplace. Employees want employers that offer benefits that make their lives easier. As the number of EV users accelerates, the presence or lack of electric vehicle infrastructure will make a big difference when attracting talent and keeping current staff engaged, happy and committed.
By cutting emissions, businesses can cut costs. Businesses stand to make positive financial gains from investing in electric vehicle charge points that keep their company and staff vehicles powered up. Electric vehicles are the environmentally friendly choice and ‘green’ choices are rewarded.
The incentives offered for electric vehicles can earn business owners with electric fleets and vehicles exemptions from fuel duty, road tax, company car (BIK) tax and van and car benefit charge. The government grants, tax breaks and savings are accessible for businesses all across the nation seeking to make a fantastic return on their investment.
EV charging stations are simple and easy to manage. Businesses can take control of payments and offer unique incentives and perks to their staff. EV chargers have user identification and access controls available so that you can decide who uses your charging points and at what tariff. Businesses can choose when and where they charge but can stay in control of all costs with intelligent online platforms that support billing and tracking.
Investing in EV charging points and EV infrastructure helps to make your business sustainable. The transition to electric vehicles will support a sustainable future for all and electric vehicle charge points will make your business part of the movement that is growing rapidly. Being sustainable improves your efficiency and boosts your reputation, providing you with a platform to achieve better growth and have an edge on the market.
Installing EV charging points at your business guarantees that you’re prepared for the future and are ready to meet the demands of your employees and the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.
Why choose Insight Energy?
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), formally known as OLEV, will contribute to the costs of your car charging point and its installation in a scheme aimed at encouraging early adoption of electric vehicles (EV).
Whether you want to install an EV charging point at home or at work, as a nationwide OZEV approve installer, we will guide you through the application process and install your EV charging point.
Being NAPIT members, all domestic electrical work falls under the Competent Person Scheme (CPS) and Part P of the Building Regulations for England and Wales. Whereas, all commercial electrical work falls under the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS).
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