Air pollution is currently at an alarming level and this is largely due to the huge volume of petrol and diesel vehicles on the road today; this level of pollution is responsible for shortening the lives of many people every year.
Thankfully, ownership of electric vehicles – both private and commercial – is increasing year on year, however, many businesses are failing to provide valued EV charging facilities to these owners. Today, there are over 2,000,000 registered electric vehicles on the roads around the world.
If your business doesn’t already own electric vehicles or doesn’t have any staff/customers/visitors that need such facilities, it’s inevitable that this scenario will soon change given the growing rate of EV ownership and external pressures for greener business and transport. For example, many forward-thinking businesses are now operating a fleet of electric vans for deliveries to reduce their impact on the environment, creating the need for EV charging stations onsite.
As part of a wider energy solution, EV charging points can be integrated with solar carports, utilising the carport’s rooftop solar panels to contribute to the charge of the electric vehicle during daylight hours; green vehicles charged with green energy. At any one time, electricity demand for charging vehicles above what is readily available from the solar would be purchased in from the Grid.
If battery storage is also utilised onsite, then electric company vehicles can be charged overnight from the energy that is stored in the battery. This stored energy may have come from unused electricity generated by rooftop solar PV during the day, in addition to electricity purchased from the grid when the unit rate is cheap.
EV users – staff, visitors and company vehicles
Provide valued facilities to staff and visitors that own an EV in addition to providing onsite facilities for company-owned EVs such as delivery vans and pool cars.
Enhance your CSR
Having EV facilities and encouraging EV ownership/usage will have a positive impact on your Corporate Social Responsibility. The amount of energy used for charging electric vehicles can also be regularly presented as a tangible benefit in terms of carbon reduction.
Internal schemes (incentivised or non-incentivised) can educate your workforce about EV’s and increase ownership.
Sell electricity to staff and visitors
Option to charge staff and visitors a competitive price for charging their EV (compared to plugging in at home). This can be done via coins, tokens, smart phone apps or bank cards on a ‘Pay as You Go’ basis.