Business electric vehicle charging points

Go electric & save on running costs whilst also lowering carbon emissions for your business

Learn more about Electric Vehicle Charging for your business today

Why should your business go electric?

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.

Helping to achieve a low carbon future

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.

Why choose British Gas for business EV charging installation?

Two of Toyota’s rapid charging points for electric cars and vans

Experience

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.

The plug for an electric vehicle charger about to be put into the charging unit

Expertise

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

Yellow car parked in car park – Electric vehicle charging point installation

Design

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.

A bearded man wearing a headset discusses finance options for electric vehicle charging points

Flexible finance

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.

Giving you a complete end to end service

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:

  • Fixed price supply & installation of EV charging equipment
  • 3 year warranty on all EV chargers
  • DNO (Distribution Network Operator) management for any power upgrades
  • New meter installation managed by our connections and metering team
  • Energy supply contract

Types of electric car charging points

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Slow (3-7kW)
Ideal for small businesses with 1 to 2 electric cars or vans. Charging takes 4 to 8 hours.[1]
Fast (7-22kW)
Typically found at supermarkets and shopping centres. For businesses that need the EV charger in an outside car park or similar. Charging takes 2 to 4 hours.[1]
Rapid (Up to 50kW)
Found at motorway service stations, hotels and some public parks. Charging takes 25 to 40 minutes. [1]

OLEV Workplace Charging Scheme funding

Help paying for the cost of electric vehicle charging for your business

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:

  • A registered business, charity, or public sector organisation or public authority
  • A business who needs electric vehicle charging equipment or can encourage use amongst staff and/or fleet
  • Located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Has dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or the electric vehicle fleet.
  • Owner of the business property or have landlord consent for charging points to be installed

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Contact us about EV Workplace Charging for your business

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:

  1. Book a free Virtual or Face-to-face survey
  2. Get a quote
  3. Installation of your EV charging point(s)
  4. Support package of your choice
Virtual surveys

Virtual surveys

Our innovative virtual surveys offer you advice and guidance from our EV experts, all through your mobile phone. Here's how they work:

  • No special equipment needed

No need to download anything, all you'll need is a mobile phone with a camera

  • Safe and secure

Once you've spoken with us, we'll send you a link to connect you to an EV expert

  • Just your site

We only need to see your business premises, so you don't need to show your face if you don't want to

  • EV expertise

Using our EV experts, we'll send you a tailored quote to suit the needs of your business

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.

Are your charging points compatible with all types of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles?

A: We work with a full range of charger types and manufacturers and can find the best option for your business.

We have good working relationships with Ford and Honda

Please note that the Renault Twizy quadricycle can only be used with a three-pin plug socket.

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 charge an electric car?

A:

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

Read more on Thinking of going electric?

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

A:

  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

Can I get grant funding towards installation?

A: This is often possible, but funding is changing all the time so please contact us at evenquires@britishgas.co.uk. 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

[1] 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