How to get an electric car charging point installed at work
Fancy an electric vehicle? Want to be able to charge it at work? Then read on...
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Like it or not, electric cars are the future when it comes to mainstream motoring, and that raises the question of how to keep vehicles charged. If you’ve got a home charger, and don’t have to drive far to go to work, then happy days. But what if you work some way from home, or can’t charge up at your house or flat?
Most people spend hours at work each day, during which time their car just sits there. Time when it could be charging. There are plenty of options for workplace charging points, but how do you persuade your employer to install one?
The trick is to prove the business case. Any business worth its salt will want to know the benefits to an expense, so you’ll need to prove why spending a decent amount of money on something they hadn’t needed before is worth it.
It’ll keep employees happy
All these employees are happy because they're charging their electric cars while they work (Photo: Brooke Cagle on Unsplash)
As more and more of the world’s population drive electric cars, they’ll need places to recharge. If an employee can save time, and potentially money, by charging at work, that’ll foster goodwill. And a happy workforce is a better workforce, as somebody probably once said.
It’ll keep visitors happy
If someone’s travelled to your office from afar, they’re unlikely to know the local area and where’s good to charge up. If they can do it at the office, then that saves them the bother and, again, fosters goodwill. Which means your company will land that contract, and you’ll get a pay rise, and a huge house, and everything will be brilliant. Probably.
It’ll make the firm look good
Corporate social responsibility is a big deal, and this would be excellent green PR, aside from the benefits to staff.
The government could help to pay for it
Grants can't be used on Porsches, sadly. But on chargers? Yes
Some governments around the world have introduced grants to help boost the number of workplace charging points. In the UK, the Workplace Charging Scheme is a grant that businesses can use to bring down the cost of charging points for staff by up to £14,000. The grant is for £350, applicable to up to 40 sockets.
Find someone who can help
Trying to carry this issue on your own can be tricky, especially in a larger organisation, so you might need to do some schmoozing with colleagues that can help. Does anyone else drive an electric car? Can you sweet-talk the procurement manager to get them onside? How can you grease the wheels to get things moving? The more people that you can get behind you, the more likely senior management is to listen.
Make sure you can actually install charging points
Yes, I think we could squeeze a couple of chargers in here (Photo: Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash)
It’s worth figuring out some of the practicalities beforehand – make sure there’s somewhere that charging points could be installed, ideally near existing power supplies. Try and have a few options. Charging point manufacturers will be keen to help, so try approaching them for advice.
Find someone who's already done it
Can you get some case studies from other firms? They might be companies that you work with that can advise on the process and potential pitfalls, or put you in touch with installers, users or other interested parties to help back up your case. Oh, your arch-rival company already has some? How interesting.
Present a proper case
"And so you see, an electric charging point is a much better investment than plastering these walls." Photo: Austin Distel on Unsplash
Don’t just bleat that you want some charging points – make sure whoever takes this to the firm’s decision makers has looked into it properly, with costs and benefits presented. If you can make a good enough case, then how can they refuse?