With the new generation of Electric Vehicles (EVs) continuing to shake up the mobility industry, a growing number of UK consumers are making the switch to electric. According to Next Greencar, there are now more than 155,000 plug-in cars on British roads as of May 2018. In fact, Go Ultra Low revealed that one plug-in vehicle is being registered every nine minutes!
But what does that mean for businesses? In this new era of mass-market, consumer-friendly electric vehicles, EV drivers of today will typically expect to “charge up” at home and “top up” at places they spend a lot of their time – work being a prime example. Whilst the decision to accommodate workplace charging ultimately sits with individual businesses, the UK government is increasingly offering incentives to promote EV take-up by making it more affordable to install charging infrastructure. We have already highlighted the numerous benefits for businesses to install charge points in a previous blog, so if you haven’t already checked it out, give it a read.
Once you’ve come to the decision to enable employees and guests to charge EVs onsite, the next question may typically be around which type of charger to install. There are a number of different types of charging points on the market today which can for the most part be categorised into slow, fast and rapid. These range from 3.6kW right up to 150kW so the differences in the tech can be huge, but which type is most appropriate for your workplace?
The three main types of EV charging points available today include slow, fast and rapid:
Slow (anything up to 3.6kW) – this type of charger is the most common for at-home charging and, predictably, takes the longest time to charge an EV.
Fast (7kW - 22kW) – This is a speedier option for EV charging, with different options available.
Rapid (43kW - 350kW) – Often found at places of quick turnover – motorways and some supermarkets, for example – rapid chargers supply much higher power, at a cost.
As EV adoption continues to grow, employees are likely to gravitate towards places they know they can charge up whilst at work. Taking the advantages and disadvantages of these three types of EV charger into consideration, and weighing up the individual considerations of charge point users, fast chargers are likely to be the best option in the vast majority of cases.
NewMotion offers two business packages to help you get started with your charging infrastructure. Follow this link to download our free brochure.