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Take-up might have been slow at first, but we are currently experiencing a rapid move away from petrol and diesel and towards electric vehicles (EV). There are lots of reasons to make the switch and you can find plenty of blogs and other resources explaining why moving to an electric car or van is a good idea on a personal level. There are clear benefits for the environment but providing or preparing for a switch to EV also makes good business sense.


Do you need to install workplace charging points now?

Many consumers have environmental concerns and green credentials – including EV fleets and other work vehicles – can be a selling point. The costs of workplace EV charging and the vehicles themselves look set to continue to decrease while petrol and diesel prices rise. And, with the UK Government committed to ensuring that all new cars and vans are electric by 2035, there’s a sense of inevitability about the switch.

According to Government statistics, there were 24,374 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK as of 1st July 2021.1 This is still far fewer than needed and, while numbers will continue to grow, competition for publicly available charge points is likely to intensify. The Government has also indicated that commercial buildings with more than 20 car parking spaces should have at least one EV charging point installed by 2025. For businesses, installing workplace EV charging points now provides future-proofing and will ensure you have the charging solutions you need in place. 


How to charge an electric car at work

Whether the charging points are for use by staff for their own journeys to and from work, for keeping essential work vehicles fully charged or even for commercial use, it’s starting to make a lot of sense for businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes to have their own commercial property charging points. Whether at home or at work, an EV charging point installation is quicker, cheaper and more efficient than drawing power directly from the mains electricity supply for an electric vehicle. In general, an electric vehicle can be fully recharged within a few hours.


Costs of installing a commercial or workplace EV charging point

The installation costs of installing commercial and workplace charging points for EVs can vary depending on a number of factors, including how many charging points you need and where they are to be located. There is also a government grant available for most businesses and other organisations to cover much of the upfront costs of installing EV charging points at work. This is known as the workplace charging scheme or WCS. Feel free to contact us for a no-obligation quote or to discuss any aspect of purchase and installation.


What is the workplace charging scheme (WCS)?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a government-backed voucher scheme that aims to help businesses, charities and public sector organisations to cover the costs of electric vehicle charging points. The scheme is run by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and administered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). It is available throughout most of the UK, including Wirral, Liverpool and surrounding areas.

The grant covers up to three quarters (75%) of the total costs of the purchase and installation of?EV?charge points capped at a maximum of:

  • £350 per socket
  • 40 sockets across all sites per applicant

The cap on the total number of sockets means that you could get help to have 40 sockets installed in a single site, one socket in each of 40 different sites or any other combination.

You can find out more about the scheme on the Government’s website.


How efficient is EV Charging?

There are a number of different EV charger types available, but all are now increasingly efficient, usually allowing a vehicle to become fully charged in a couple of hours – although it will depend on the vehicle and batteries involved. Fast EV chargers can do the job even quicker, sometimes in half an hour or less, and there are also models that are resistant to vandalism. EV charging installations can also be coupled with smart meters to monitor the electrical usage of the chargers.


How to get commercial & workplace EV charging points installed

Getting a workplace EV charger installed couldn’t be easier when you get in touch with an approved installer like Peninsula Electrical. In fact, you might be surprised how quick and easy it is. For home charging with an EV charging point at a residential property, our friendly and professional team of electricians can usually get the job done in as little as two hours. This will obviously take longer if you require multiple charge points at a commercial site or property, but we will still endeavour to fit commercial EV chargers quickly and with as little fuss or disruption as possible.

Our commercial EV charging stations installation process will provide you with the expert fitting of all the charging points you need, cables to safely reach from the charge points to the vehicles and certification to show that your EV charging point installation is in line with relevant IET Wiring Regulations. We will also carry out thorough testing of every EV charging point to ensure that they are all working correctly.


Why choose peninsula electrical?

Peninsula Electrical offers domestic and commercial electrical services in Wirral. Peninsula Electrical is fully NAPIT approved, which ensures work carried out by our electricians is completed to the highest possible standards. Peninsula Electrical caters for all levels of electrical needs from a complete rewire to a simple switch replacement, and are experts at installing electric car charging points. At Peninsula Electrical, we pride ourselves on the quality of services we provide. Find out more about us and read our case studies and testimonials to learn why we’re the first choice for commercial and workplace EV charging installation.