The UK Government offers comprehensive tax benefits for electrifying vehicle fleets, and the cost of ‘refueling’ is a fraction of the cost for traditional petrol or diesel vehicle.
But to take full advantage of electric vehicles, you will also need the necessary EV charging infrastructure.
Under regulations set by the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the UK agreed to ensure that all existing Non-Residential Buildings with more than 20 car parking spaces will be required to have at least 1 charging bay by 2025.
Did you know electric car charging facilities also attract generous Government subsidies?
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There are three types of EV charging stations: slow, fast, and rapid.
A 7 kW charging box might give you 5 miles of charge in 10 minutes, while a rapid 150 kW could provide as much as 100 miles in the same time. But many premises aren’t equipped to support a 150 kW EV charging station.
If the charger is for employee-only use or for a fleet of vehicles that remain stationary overnight – do you really need the fastest charger?
A much slower charger could still leave you with a full battery overnight or at the end of a 9-5 shift.
You’ll also need to choose between ‘tethered’ or ‘untethered’ charging units, where the latter means the user will have to supply their own charging cable.
This may improve the life of your charging equipment, as a cable can always be replaced. At first sight, there is a lot to wrap your head around with EV charging. However, once you’ve made your decisions and looked into grants to assist with funding, there really isn’t much to it.