Electric vehicle charging and its business benefits

The rate at which electric vehicles and related technologies are developing is important for all forward-thinking businesses, but so is the rate at which organisations are picking up these technologies. This could be crucial to their progression, as it is environmentally and commercially positive, something heard in a webinar run by FM World in association with E.On.

Hannah Collishaw, director of E.ON Drive UK said this; “The future of energy is decentralised and local. It’s about giving customers control. We’re focused on digitisation, decarbonisation and electrification… Driven by the clean air strategy, we’re offering sustainable solutions to our 22 million customers across Europe including 6.8 million in the UK.”

E.On believe that by 2020 there will be half a million electric vehicles on the road, rising to over a million by 2023. Collishaw continues; “Stretching targets to improve air quality, transport and electric vehicles are a game changer. Our vision is to provide sustainable electric vehicle charging to drivers, wherever their destination at places such as hotels, motorways, public parking spaces and at home and work.”

EV charging stations can differentiate progressive businesses, as they would allow employees to charge cars while working; “Businesses should be considering installing EV charging points that will offer benefits and advantages to their employees and will create new value for their businesses, whilst also reducing their reliance on the grid,” said Collishaw.

Tom Donnelly, product strategy manager at Productiv, said the government is concerned with two main issues relating to this subject: reducing global warming and improving air quality.

“This is driven partly by legislation, but also by customer requirements,” said Donnelly. “London is leading the world in reducing air pollution and in 2020 will introduce the world’s first ultra-low emissions zone, followed by a number of other cities including Birmingham, Rome and Amsterdam.”

The government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ targets 50-70% of new cars being ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030, and a number of initiatives are in place to encourage this, such as the Workplace Charging Scheme which will reduce the cost of installing EV chargers by up to 75%, Donnelly claimed.

Legislation like this will increase the uptake of electric vehicles over the years to come, therefore charging infrastructure will become very necessary.

So EV charging points will certainly become a crucial consideration for corporate businesses, and it makes sense for those that are able to get a head start on this provision. There are however certain factors to consider, such as peak charging, which means that the main time businesses’ employees will charge their cars is during working hours when the use of electricity is already quite high, as opposed to overnight when the government intends for most EV’s to be charged. This is something which further legislation and sustainability schemes will look to tackle, as government bodies and industry leaders aim to improve sustainability on our roads.

(Source: FM World)