Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for Your Company
In the last couple of years, a number of countries in Europe have started putting out legislation aimed at combating climate change from the transport sector. These policies include increasing the share of electric vehicles in the transport fleet and reducing the number of internal combustion cars on the road, even going as far as to plan to ban the sale of new diesel cars in the coming decades. This comes at a time when a number of big cities across the world are implementing systems similar to the London Congestion Charge Zone, with charges for travel to certain areas of the city based on emissions. However, most are implementing exemptions for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, such as hybrid electric/combustion cars, or pure electric vehicles.
Now, what does this mean if you’re a fleet operator? This is going to affect a number of companies who operate road vehicles as part of their business, from waste management companies to insurance firms. Happily, the move to electric or hybrid electric/combustion vehicles is continuing at quite the pace around the world, with many of the world’s major car manufacturers and commercial vehicle manufacturers making strides to decarbonise their road vehicle offerings. BMW, Renault and Toyota all offer a range of low-emission consumer vehicles, and Tesla is currently testing their new electric “semi-truck” offering.
Of course, if you’re operating a company, and you want to make sure your employees can use their low-emission vehicles on their commute, or in the course of their work, it would be a good idea to offer charging infrastructure on the company site for these vehicles. This would help promote the low-emissions transport culture within the company, and make sure that your employees can use their vehicles to the fullest potential while on their commute, or while they’re working.
So, what does this entail? And what benefits is it going to bring? EV charging infrastructure is relatively simple to install and doesn’t take up much more space than standard parking would on the company site. Dedicated parking bays for electric vehicles with charging points have been cropping up on company sites for a few years now, and the market is starting to develop. There are a few things to consider when installing EV charging points: for employee vehicles at a consumer vehicle scale (for example family cars), there won’t need to be vast modifications made to the company electricity infrastructure, as the voltages and currents, while high compared to domestic use, are compatible with commercial networks. For larger vehicles, a more involved process may need to be done, as these will likely be charged overnight due to the larger battery sizes. Secure parking would be a necessity, if that weren’t likely already in place!
There are a number of co-benefits to installing EV charging infrastructure as well. It would reduce company fuel bills, for a start! The cultural shift mentioned earlier could tie in to company CSR work also, and if combined with a renewable energy system for example, could promote a holistic image of a company interested in sustainability and the environmental impact of its work.
So, in short, while the shift to electric vehicles might be necessary, this is no cause for alarm. While this blog hasn’t covered the benefits of electric vehicles or common concerns, at a company level, offering electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a sound investment for employees and the company alike.