Go electric & save on running costs whilst also lowering carbon emissions for your business
The installation of charging points will benefit your business, employees and customers. Enabling electric cars unlocks many advantages to your business such as:
Moving to a more sustainable energy model will help future-proof your business and demonstrate the value you place on the environment, employees and customers by improving efficiency and potentially cutting costs.
We recently introduced our 2030 Responsible Business Ambitions. Within this we pledged that we would help enable the transition to a low carbon future and we committed to reducing our own carbon emissions. Workplace charging will be at the very heart of this transition and will allow more businesses and their employees access to a low carbon alternative.
We've installed over 3,500 commercial electric vehicle charging points plus over 350 rapid charging units for businesses. Ranging in power from AC 3.6kW up to DC 350kW, our combined scale & experience is unique.
Our customers include offices, car manufacturers, car dealerships, airports, hotels, local authorities and motorway services. Our dedicated project managers coordinate the whole process, including various contractors and keeping in line with CDM regulations
We constantly research available technology so that we can advise you on the best way to maximise the capacity available on site. From load balancing or renewable energy integration, through to requesting a new connection from the DNO. We will manage the whole journey for you.
Flexible finance options are available for both the charging equipment and installation. Talk to us so that we can understand if your business meets the eligibility criteria.
As a business energy supplier and EV installation expert, we are unique in our ability to offer end to end project management, from assessing site supply and new connections to final installation. This even includes training and in-life support, giving you peace of mind. Your dedicated project manager will give you a tailored charging solution for your business including:
We're an OLEV-authorised WCS installer for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). This is a voucher-based scheme that can support your business with the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations.
The grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per socket. Your business can apply for up to 40 sockets, meaning if you qualify for 40 sockets through the scheme you could save up to £14,000.
If you would like to apply ensure you're:
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If we become your EV business partner, you'll be assigned a dedicated project manager. They'll provide you with support throughout the duration of your EV installation including:
Our innovative virtual surveys offer you advice and guidance from our EV experts, all through your mobile phone. Here's how they work:
No need to download anything, all you'll need is a mobile phone with a camera
Once you've spoken with us, we'll send you a link to connect you to an EV expert
We only need to see your business premises, so you don't need to show your face if you don't want to
Using our EV experts, we'll send you a tailored quote to suit the needs of your business
A: Wikipedia defines an electric car as "An electric car is an automobile that is propelled by one or more electric motors, using energy stored in rechargeable batteries."
A: Standard plugs aren’t the most effective way of charging the vast majority of business electric cars, vans and motorcycles. A standard three-pin plug will only charge at up to 13 amp. EV charging points are significantly quicker to charge an electric car than plugs.
Our charging points provide a safer and quicker option. They are also more convenient, as you won't have to worry about a cable every time you charge. Charging points will also give you more features like driver self-service and pre-booking available charging points on your smartphone.
A: No. Vehicles only draw current when the battery needs charging. The supply of electricity stops automatically when the battery’s full and there's no risk to your vehicle or installation.
A: Email our customer service team at EVCommercialSales@centrica.com. We'll get back to you within 48 working hours.
A: If we installed the charging point then we can provide an estimate for moving the charging point equipment – just email our customer service team at EVCommercialSales@centrica.com.
If the charging point is installed on your property and you would like to move it, you'll be responsible for making the arrangements. Please under no circumstances should you attempt to move the charging point yourself. It should only be moved by a qualified electrician.
A: This will depend on usage and location – we will advise on whether servicing and testing is necessary. In many cases, it isn’t.
If you run a managed site with regular maintenance schedules, it should be easy to incorporate the charging equipment into your system.
A: Basic chargers can be operated using a key switch. We can also offer a system that remotely monitors the chargers and controls access via radio frequency identification (RFID) cards and/or a mobile app.
Remote monitoring can help in more complex cases. For example, you may have company vehicles, employees and visitors using the chargers, but you may only want to bill employees and visitors.
Different tariffs for different users can be set up, with some given free access. The system will still report back with details of things like energy used, charge time, location and user. The data can be filtered for easy monitoring.
|Car||Honda e electric car 100kW Auto||Honda Jazz petrol car 1.3 litre - manual 6-speed i-VTEC EX Navi|
|100 mile journey fuel cost||£4.78||£8.85|
|Cost per mile||4.8p||8.8p|
|Total annual fuel costs if took 1 monthly journey||£57||£106|
Example stated where petrol cost is 110p per litre, and electricity cost is 16.5p per kWh. The cost will vary dependant on the size of the battery, how much energy is consumed and the price per kWh.
Generally you will find that the running costs of electric vehicles are cheaper than their petrol or diesel equivalents.
To calculate your business electric vehicle savings go to Online journey cost savings calculator
|Slow (3-7kW)||Fast (7-22kW)||Rapid (Up to 50kW)|
|Charge time||4 to 8 hours||2 to 4 hours||25-40 mins|
|Vehicle range added in 15 mins||3-6 miles||6-20 miles||35-40 miles|
Charging times are dependant on the make and model of electric car or van and if rapid charging is supported. Indicative charging times have been sourced from Energy Saving Trust
A: This is often possible, but funding is changing all the time so please contact us at email@example.com. We can provide you with the latest information.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that can support your business with the cost of installing electric vehicle charging equipment.
We are a registered installer for the scheme. To make an application, please go to the Government’s website.
A: Our engineers will visit your premises and conduct a site survey, working with you to determine the right charging equipment for your needs. We’ll need access to your switch rooms.
The survey will include a review of whether the site has sufficient spare electrical capacity. If not, we can help you apply to your district network operator (DNO) for a quote for extra capacity.
A: Our engineers will consider the cable route to the proposed location for the charging units.
They’ll need access to things such as existing utility plans, site drawings, the asbestos register and the electrical switch room. If you have a site facilities manager, it would help to have them there for the survey.
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