Commercial electric car charging

The popularity of plug-in vehicles has soared in recent years – a fact backed up by recent car registration figures.

Data from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) show that more than 1,300 fully electric cars were registered in January this year – more than double compared to January 2018.

So, with more electric cars on the road than ever before, what can your business do to help green-minded employees and what benefits are there for you?

Why should I offer electric car charging points at work?

Electric and hybrid vehicles don’t just help individuals do their bit for the environment – installing charge points at work mean your business can boast about its green credentials too.

Not only will you be improving your own sustainability rating, you’ll boost your popularity with employees. To encourage lower carbon footprints, the government have promised to make battery charging at work a non-taxable benefit in kind. It means that staff can power-up their cars without paying tax for the benefit of receiving the electricity.

If you own a fleet of cars or vans, then investing in electric vehicles and charge points can also cut down on long-term costs. A great example is Salford City Council’s pioneering ‘Green Wheels’ scheme. The initiative means staff can use an electric pool car rather than claiming back travel expenses for using their own petrol or diesel car. So far, it’s estimated that Salford City Council have saved a staggering £150,000 a year.

There are also savings to be had in terms of car tax as zero emissions vehicles pay nothing (but remember any car costing £40,000 or more will need to pay an extra £310). If you live in or near a congestion charge zone, then don’t forget to factor in the savings you’ll make from being exempt.

If you like the idea of electric charging points but are worried about the cost to your business – then it might help to know that government grants are available. Currently, businesses can claim back 75% of the cost of buying and installing charging stations – up to a maximum of £500 per station (you can claim for up to 20). Find out more at GOV.UK, Workplace Charging Scheme

commercial electric car chargingAre there any disadvantages to installing electric charge points at work?

One of the biggest and most basic issues you’ll face, is that not all electric cars have the same sockets so whatever you choose might not be universally compatible.

In terms of logistics, you’ll need to work out where the best place for a charging station is. If you own a private car park then access may not be an issue but if your socket is in public view, you’ll need to invest in a system that only staff can use (for example, with a key card).

You’ll also need to think about the speed of charging (slow, fast, or rapid). As you’d expect, the faster the charger, the more expensive it’s likely to be. But investing in a slow charger will mean fewer staff can benefit as it will take longer for cars to charge.

Plus, if you’re planning to add a number of charging points, then you should consider how the extra demand will affect your overall electricity supply.

How Barton Electrical can help

As recognised and certified providers of electric charging solutions, we’re here to answer any questions you have as well as provide practical help and advice about purchase and installation.

Barton Electrical are registered as approved installers with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), offering further assurance for all of your Electric Vehicle charging needs.

So, if you’re interested in finding out more, give us a call on 07976 685746 or drop us a message at