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Should I get charging points for my fleet?

5 min to readElectric vehicles
Workplace charging can help reduce your fleet’s running costs and encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles. Here’s what you need to know.
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Why is workplace charging important for electric fleets?

Demand for plug-in vehicles is growing quickly in the UK, and business fleets are at the forefront of that change. Helped by new incentives for company car drivers, almost one in five (18.5%) new cars registered in 2021 was either plug-in hybrid or electric, according to the SMMT, with two thirds of that volume going to fleet and business users.

Workplace charging is important because:

Workplace charging is important because:

How much does it cost to install workplace chargepoints?

The Government recognises the importance of workplace charging for helping drivers and businesses to go electric, so there is financial support in place for fleet managers to install charging equipment:

There are more than a thousand chargepoints eligible for the Workplace Charging Scheme. Prices range from between a few hundred pounds for the most basic units, to several thousand for the fastest ‘rapid chargers’, and installation costs depend on how close the chargepoint is to a suitably strong electrical supply. Additional costs can be identified during a survey.

How do businesses apply for workplace charging stations?

Chargepoint installations have become a routine task for electricians, and the process is straightforward:

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at work?

According to the latest Government figures, average UK-wide energy prices for businesses are between 15p and 18p per kilowatt-hour (kWh). For a typical mid-size electric car – such as the Kia Niro with its longer-range battery – that equates to between £9.60 and £11.50 for a full charge.

Some workplace chargepoints will log energy consumption by user, which means costs can be charged back to the driver. However, as HMRC doesn’t class electricity as a fuel, employers can offer it for free without this being taxed as a benefit – even if the employee is just a passenger.

What should fleet managers consider when installing workplace charging points?

Funding is available for an almost bewildering choice of chargepoints, which means fleet managers can tailor workplace charging networks to the needs of their vehicles. The most important factors to consider are:

We can help

LeasePlan is one of the UK’s biggest vehicle funders, and a founding member of the Climate Group’s EV100 electric fleets initiative. We’ve worked alongside fleet managers from a wide range of organisations as they’ve switched to electric, and we recognise the importance of developing a workplace charging solution tailored to your needs. To discuss your next steps, please contact us.

Published at 29 November 2022
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