Electric car charging points for business

Become EV-ready and unlock the benefits for your business, customers and employees

Why choose us for your EV charging point installation?

We've installed over 3,500 commercial electric vehicle charging points and hundreds of rapid charging units. When you partner with us, you can rest assured you are working with a driving force in the EV revolution.

Help with funding

We'll help you access local and national government funds.

Hassle-free installation

From design and financing to installation and maintenance we manage the whole process with minimal disruption.

Long-term partnership

Ongoing operational support, training, maintenance and advice to keep your EV solution performing at its best.

Smart software solutions

Remotely manage and monitor your business EV charging for usage reporting, billing, tariff setting and more.

Workplace Charging Scheme

The running costs of electric vehicles are much lower than that of their petrol / diesel equivalents. When it comes to installing electric car charging points for business, there’s government support available under the Workplace Charging Scheme. It's available to any business, charity or public authority, with some conditions.

Support with government funding

  • We're an OZEV-authorised Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) installer
  • The grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per socket
  • Your business can apply for up to 40 sockets, meaning if you qualify, you could save up to £14,000
A bearded man wearing a headset discusses finance options for electric vehicle charging points

Delivering a complete end to end service

As a business energy supplier and EV installation expert, we offer end to end project management, from assessing your site electricity supply and new connections to final installation, training and maintenance.

All our work is compliant with IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) and the Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation published by IET Standards Limited.

Our EV on-site charging solution includes:

  • Fixed price and installation for OZEV-approved EV charging equipment with a choice of charging speeds
  • 3 year warranty on all EV chargers
  • DNO (Distribution Network Operator) management for any power upgrades
  • New meter installation if required, managed by our connections and metering team

We also offer a range of bolt-on services for you to choose from:

  • Managed Customer Service providing real-time network status monitoring, usage reporting, tariff setting, plus much more. You'll also have access to our call centres for 24/7 operational support and driver assistance.
  • Extended warranty on civils and electrical work
  • Energy supply contracts and renewable business energy options to boost your green credentials and carbon reduction targets

Types of electric car charging points

There's three types of EV charging points available

Standard (3-7kW)
Standard EV charger takes 8-12 hours to charge

Charging takes

8-12 hours

Fast (7-22kW)
Fast EV charger takes 2-8 hours to charge

Charging takes

2-8 hours

Rapid (Up to 150kW)
Rapid EV charger takes 1-2 hours to charge

Charging takes

1-2 hours

We currently supply commercial electric vehicle charge points from Alfen

7 steps to becoming an EV ready business

If you want to get an idea of how much it might cost to install EV charging points in your business then you can get a quote in minutes online.

We'll make installing your new charging points hassle-free, minimising disruption, and get your business ready for EV now and into the future.

Step What happens
1 Depending on your requirements we may carry out a site survey either physically on site or virtually via a weblink.
2 Once you approve our quote, we’ll contact the DNO with technical designs to seek approval for installation.
3 Your project manager will begin pre-construction activities and compile a programme of works.
4 Works will begin on site followed by a curing period of up to 2 days (weather permitting).
5 Electrical works and final connections will be carried out under safe isolation (up to 1-hour downtime will be agreed before work begins to minimise disruption).
6 Electrical works are tested and commissioned, and charger demonstrations completed.
7 You will receive certification within seven days of onsite practical completion. 
Charging an electric vehicle at work

Take control of your EV charge points and energy usage

As part of our Managed Customer Service offering your drivers and your business will have access to our PowerRadar smart charging platform.

  • Software and optimisation - real-time network status monitoring, usage reporting, tariff setting, plus much more
  • Operations and maintenance – gain access to our 24/7 call centres providing ongoing operational support and driver assistance

Ask about our EV Managed Customer Service solution when you accept our quote.

EV enablement for fleets

With our specialists in Centrica Business Solutions we can work with you to build and deliver your long term EV strategy.

Our solution for fleets helps organisations save time and maximise efficiencies by addressing the operational implications relating to evolving national infrastructure, range restrictions along preferred routes and accurate reimbursement of driver energy costs; simplifying the transition with an integrated system for vehicles, infrastructure, energy and optimisation.

EV enablement for fleets
Manage your business electric vehicle partnership agreement

EV partnerships, case studies and blogs

Centrica commits to 100% electric vehicle fleet by 2025

Recognising the urgent need to make zero carbon a reality, we've pledged to transition our own operational fleet of 12,000 vehicles to 100% electric by 2025 – five years earlier than planned. Read our blog to see what we're doing and how we're helping our customers to do the same.

Centrica commits to 100% EV fleet by 2025

Supercharging our partner's EV journey

One of the ways that we're accelerating the roll-out of our EV services to customers is by providing electrical capacity upgrades, charging infrastructure and after sales support via partnerships with motor manufacturers and dealerships, such as:

Our latest views on electric vehicles

FAQs on EV charging points for business

 

 

What is an electric car?

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."

Why do I need charging points for my electric cars and vans? Can't I use a plug?

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.

Will my vehicle or charging equipment be damaged if a vehicle is plugged in for too long?

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.

What happens if there's a fault with my charger?

A: Email our customer service team at EVCommercialSales@centrica.com. We'll get back to you within 48 working hours.

What happens if I move premises?

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.

Do I need to own my own premises to have a charging unit installed?

A: No, but if you lease your property or premises you might need to get consent from your landlord.

Do I need to be a British Gas customer for you to install a charging point?

A: No, but if you are one of our customers you could get a variety of additional benefits.

What standards will the electrical installation work comply with?

A:  All electrical installation work will comply with the current edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) and the Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation published by IET Standards Limited.

Do I need to get my equipment serviced and tested?

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.

How can I control who uses the charger?

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.

Can I use my work ID badge as an RFID card for the charger?

A: This may be possible, but it will depend on the unit and the card.

How much does it cost to get EV charging points installed for my business?

A: The cost of installing EV workplace charging points depends on your individual requirements. With just a few questions, we can give you an indicative price to help you decide what’s right for your business

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

A: Generally you’ll find that the running costs of electric vehicles are cheaper than their petrol or diesel equivalents. The cost will vary dependant on the size of the battery, how much energy is consumed and the price per kWh.

To calculate your business electric vehicle savings go to Online journey cost savings calculator

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

A:

  Standard (3-7kW) Fast (7-22kW) Rapid (Up to 150kW)
Charge time 8 to 12 hours 2 to 8 hours 1 to 2 hours
Vehicle range added in 15 mins 2 miles 4-13 miles 30 miles

Charging times are dependant on the make and model of electric car or van and if rapid charging is supported.

Can I get grant funding towards installation?

A: This is often possible, but funding is changing all the time so please contact us at EVCommercialSales@centrica.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.

WCS application form

What can I expect from a preliminary survey?

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.

What can I expect from a full survey?

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.

How do I find the correct electric cars, vans or motorcycles for my business?

A: Take a look at goultralow.com which help you with:

  • Car selector tool
  • Calculating the cost of frequent journeys
  • Finding the correct energy tariff
  • Calculating tax savings
  • Finding out about any government grants in your area
Why has OLEV changed it's name to OZEV?

A: The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has changed its name to The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) . This is to align with the government’s ambitions to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.  This change doesn’t affect the £350 grant saving on EV charge points for homes and businesses and the same eligibility criteria apply.