5 reasons why you need on-site charging for your electric vehicles
18th July 2019
Is your business one of the many that’s thinking about choosing (or that’s already chosen) electric vehicles – EVs – for your fleet? If so, here are five important reasons why on-site charging is a must for your business.
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1. Keep your fleet on the road – safely
By 2018, there were 186,386 EVs registered for use on the UK’s roads. However, there were only 6,669 charging points. So, it stands to reason that without a charging network at your business sites, it can prove difficult to keep your fleet charged and on the road.
A recent report in the Daily Telegraph highlighted some of the worrying risks that some EV drivers are taking to charge their vehicles. Large numbers admitted to using domestic multi-socket extension leads to charge their vehicles at home – sometimes in a ‘daisy chain’ arrangement. Given the dangers of both fire and electrocution that this method presents, it’s not something any business would sanction – but is it happening with your EVS, without your knowledge?
In contrast, having an in-house charging network means that you can be sure your vehicles are charged simply, efficiently and – above all – safely.
2. A standardised charging system for your fleet
There are a number of different – and sometimes competing – charging systems available for EVs. Some offer faster charging, while others can be specific to a particular make of vehicle. To compound the issue, public charging points can be out of service when you need them.
Since the charging network infrastructure is still evolving, standardisation may yet be some time away. Having your own on-site charging network cuts through this uncertainty and makes it easier, more efficient and cost-effective for your business and your staff.
3. Save money – get the right tariff for your charging system
Charging a fleet of EVs can use a lot of electricity. So, you need to make sure you’re on the right supply tariff with your supplier, and paying the right price for the electricity your fleet needs. A good supplier – like Haven Power – will support you with your on-site charging network, ensuring that you get the right tariff for your business.
4. Improve your bottom line - use your EVs as battery storage
One untapped feature of EVs is their ability to store a lot of electricity. Companies are now looking at their EVs as a way to store the electricity that they’ve either generated themselves – through solar panels or wind turbines – or purchased off the grid at relatively cheap rates. Once the correct infrastructure is in place, these organisations could then have the potential opportunity to sell the power back to the grid at a higher price - when demand increases, for example – or use it on-site
5. Make your workplace more attractive to existing and prospective employees
Given how difficult it can be for EV drivers to find a convenient charging point, providing an on-site network can be a real benefit. With more people choosing electric vehicles, offering an easy way to charge them while at work – especially if it’s free of charge – can be very attractive. This can appeal to both current and prospective members of staff.
Find the right partner – one that’s invested in your future Choosing a charging system that meets your business needs is a lot easier if you can count on unbiased and expert advice. We’d always recommend that you look for an ‘energy partner’ that can help with your decision-making and then deliver the right solution for your business.
Make sure you choose a supplier that will invest in a long-term relationship with your business, supporting and advising you throughout.
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