Tips For Choosing Where To Install EV Chargers At Work
Over the next few years, it is highly likely that many companies up and down the country will be changing their fleets and company cars to electric vehicles, EV, and many business owners will also find that some of their employees will be updating their own car to an EV too. For this reason, all of these companies will find themselves in a situation where they will be required to install EV chargers at work.
Thankfully, the Government has many grants and schemes in place which are designed to assist companies when they make the switch to electric vehicles and something like the workplace-charging scheme (WCS), which can reduce the installation costs by up to £350 per socket, may help you in this regard. You will, of course, have lots of decisions to make in relating to having EV charging stations on your premises and to help anyone who is currently planning the switch to EVs, here are a few tips for choosing where to install EV chargers at work.
Consider smart charging and EV fleet software
It is worthwhile for all business owners to consider both smart charging and EV fleet software when installing EV chargers at work. Whilst this isn’t necessarily to do with the location of your EV charging stations, it is definitely something to think about and it is likely that opting for smart charging and the right EV fleet software will really benefit you. So, ensure that you look into this further before choosing where to install EV chargers at work.
Keep all of your EV charge points together
When deciding where to install EV chargers at work, it is likely that you will be placing them in a car park and when doing so, it will be much easier for you to install them all together. Many choose to group their EV charging stations and there are lots of benefits to doing so, for example, it is likely that your installation will be both cheaper and easier. So, think about where is best for a group of EV car parking spaces to go.
Make it clear which spaces are EV only
Ideally, when you only have a limited number of EV charging stations, you will want to ensure that only EV drivers use these spaces. If your car park is busy and it can be hard to find a space, you need to make it clear to employees which spaces are EV only to prevent any petrol or diesel cars taking these spots. Whether you have obvious signage or your paint something onto the car park surface, choose which will be best for your premises.
Put employees mind at ease with location
Whilst EVs are still fairly new, you may find that some employees are slightly anxious about leaving their vehicles out of sight when on charge. So, it may be better to install your EV chargers closer to the building and in line of sight of any security solutions that you have. Many companies choose to put their EV charging spaces next to disabled parking spaces and it may be worth considering whether this will work for you as well.
Plan ahead for future EV demand
To start with, you may only need to install a handful of EV charging stations, but it is likely that the demand for these spaces will increase in the future, so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing where to install EV chargers at work. See if there is anything you can do to make additional car parking spaces ‘EV ready’ and then, when required you can install more charging points.
Installing EV chargers at work
Hopefully, the tips above will be helpful when you’re installing electric vehicle charge points at work and you can ensure that you choose the best possible place for these charging solutions. Of course, if you require any assistance when choosing where to install EV chargers at work, an expert team, like our here at Vital EV Solutions, will be able to assist you. So, contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation site survey for your commercial premises.
Here at Vital EV Solutions, not only can we help you to decide where the EV charge points should be installed, but we can also design the perfect infrastructure for you and also install your charging stations too. We pride ourselves on providing an all-inclusive service and you can trust you’re in the best hands with our fully qualified engineers. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch, we will happily discuss your needs with you further.