The North East of Scotland’s Leading EV Charger Installer

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is underway and it’s not just a trend it’s a complete shift in the automotive industry. As EV adoption continues to rise, businesses must prepare for this change to stay competitive, reduce their carbon footprint, and take advantage of the many benefits electric vehicles offer. To get your business ready for EVs, consider the following.

Assess Your Fleet Needs

Start by evaluating the suitability of EVs for your company fleet. Assess the daily mileage of your car drivers and their commute to work. Where would they be able to charge their vehicles and how often would this be required? Electric vehicles are well suited for short and medium range distances, but long distances may still require alternative solutions.

Assess the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Understanding the total cost of ownership for electric vehicles is crucial. While EVs often have higher upfront costs, they typically have lower operating and maintenance expenses. Calculate the TCO for both traditional and electric vehicles to make the right decision for your business.

EV Charger Installation

Charging infrastructure is a key component of transitioning to EV. There are three main options

1. Supporting staff to install EV chargers at home

Unfortunately, government grants to help with the cost of home EV charger installation have been stopped (apart from flats or rented properties). However, this may still be the most convenient option for most staff and the costs will need to be factored in.

2. Installing workplace EV chargers

There are still EV grants (Workplace Charging Scheme) to support workplace EV charger installation. Small to medium sized businesses can use these to install charging stations in workplace car parks etc. It can cover up to 75% of the cost and a maximum of £350 for each socket, for up to 40 sockets. This is good for vehicles that will remain on site overnight or have periods where they are not on the road during the day.

3. Relying on public charge points

This option is more successful for vehicles that are used predominantly in urban areas. The expansion of fast charge chargepoints throughout the UK is growing fast which makes finding and charging on the go more feasible. However, vehicles on the road most of the day will have to stop and charge which can affect delivery and travel times.

Invest in Employee Training

Having your staff on board with the transition to EVs is the key to its success. Many people are still unsure about EVs and will be anxious about changing to this new technology. Provide training on EV technology, charging procedures, battery maintenance, etc. This knowledge will help your employees adapt to the new technology and help reduce any fears they may have.

Transition Gradually

Transitioning to EVs in small batches is definitely worth considering rather than one big switch over. You will be able to get feedback from early adopters and it will highlight any issues that you haven’t considered and give you time to fix without bringing your whole fleet to a standstill.

Maintenance and Service

Ensure you understand the specific maintenance requirements of electric vehicles. While EVs generally require less maintenance than internal combustion engine vehicles, it’s important to have a plan or contract in place for routine inspections and services.

Getting your business ready for electric vehicles is exciting but it also requires careful planning and a commitment to embracing new technology. However, once you have transitioned your fleet, your business will be able to reap the benefits of EV adoption, including reduced operating costs, lower environmental impact, and a more sustainable future.

If you need help with installing home or workplace EV chargers for your business, please get in touch for more information. North East EV Charging is Aberdeen’s leading installer of electric car charging points.