Is it time to introduce EV Charging at the office?


As the EV revolution rolls on and picks up steam (remember that!) in 2018, more and more businesses are looking into what will be required to keep up. As it is clear that hybrids will be the first step for the majority of adventurous drivers, a lot of new hybrids come with the ability to be plugged in. So, you are surely asking yourself, why not use the little EV engine in a hybrid to reduce your CO2 emissions each and every commute to work you do. Then, building on that, why not have chargers installed at work so you can drive home, or least partly home, on the EV tank again. To entertain these thoughts, the best place to start is to try and answer a couple of questions. 

1. Do you have a genuine need or at least potential for having EV charging at work?

The answer to this one should be quite easy. Do you drive a hybrid, or does anyone at the office drive one? If they do, there is a good chance it can be plugged in. If it can be, then the answer to the question is yes. Moving on. 

2. Think ahead, what does that mean?

The answer to this question is when EV charging equipment is installed, there are several prerequisites needed. In some cases, things like ground works and circuit board upgrades are needed and in others, the job can be very basic, with some drilling and screwing being all that has to be done. Either way, you will need to know if your electrical supply can handle EV charging and don't forget to ask, while you are at it, how many charge points are required. You will need to know if ground works are required and if things like conduit need laying. Finally, you will need to know what the whole thing is likely to cost.

We have been watching the trends of EVs around the world and in some parts of the world, EV charging is actually used as a lure to new employees and to some, EV charging is almost becoming expected. Considering we in the UK, well largely, are still catching up with such trends, it isn't hard to imagine that we will catch up and hence, it could be worthwhile thinking about how EV charging will be something that develops from appearing once on a balance sheet when you paid, what you might have thought was a pricey installation fee, to becoming part of all transport related aspects of your business and need we say, your personal life too.

If you are curious about what we have been reading, these are some of our sources:

ChargePoint ; PodPoint ; CleanTechnica ; FullyCharged

About to get a new company car? Have you considered an EV and the savings?

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Between now and the next couple of years, EVs are going to become more and more prolific, it is inevitable. Humans don't like change but when it is undeniably impending we tend to get on with it and start learning how to adapt. That said, we are all interested in savings, whether we are earning at the top or getting by in lower income streams and EVs can offer significant savings to those who have company cars. Businesses will be looking at EVs and so employees will have the privilege of looking at them too. So couple the change train that we are on as a nation and the savings you can have from going EV, have a look at this article from CleanTechnica and enjoy the food for thought. 

Oil could be dead with this killer combo!

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One of the biggest issues that EVs face today is their range. This is closely followed by their charging time or for the sake of comparison, their refuelling time is much longer than a traditional ICE vehicle. Just as a side note before we go on, the newest issue on the block is the cost of EVs but more on that in another post. We have at hand two critical aspects of transport itself, how far you can go and how quickly can you top up and keep going. Well, thanks to some interest in EVs shown by Mr Trump himself, there is now research showing the potential for batteries to last twice as long. On top of that awesome piece of news, the research also hints at charging time being greatly reduced. Putting the two together and you throw in the fact that you could actually do all your charging at home or at work, then you wield the killer combo to drown oil in its dirty emissions and leave it behind forever. 

CleanTechnica published an article expanding on all this research so head over here and have a read if you would like to know more.

A new £400m electric vehicle Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund and more!

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Directly from the PDF:

'In the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced a new package of measures to support the
uptake of electric vehicles in the UK. The measures support our ambitions for almost all cars and
vans to be zero emission by 2050 and for Government to be a world leader in the technology and use of electric vehicles. They will help to boost UK economic growth as well as reduce emissions of CO2 and air pollutants.'

What is very exciting is that the biggest hurdle so far in the EV revolution, the charging infrastructure shortage, is going to be directly addressed with a new £400m infrastructure fund to aid the development of infrastructure.

News source: CityEV

The Global Sales of EVs are up again!

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A snippet from the article that caught our eye at SeekingAlpha:

"Global electric car sales finished September 2017 with over 123,000 sales for the month, up 55% on September 2016. This was a record for the industry easily beating the previous record of 103,746 sales from last December. Year to date sales are up about 50% on the same period last year. Of note, 64% of all global electric car sales in 2017 are pure electric."

It looks like the EV revolution is growing faster than some expected as another article, from a1alimo, has shown that previous estimations have been smashed and the best one to look at is Bloomberg's latest change in their estimates!

So it seems EV's are also better to produce!

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In an independent research effort, a study has revealed that the life cycle of an electric vehicle's production, from raw materials to the finished product and then on to where the energy needed to run it comes from, all has up to 50% fewer emissions than the life cycle of an ICE. The Guardian has summarised the study's outcome, but the study itself can be found online too. So we are even more convinced that an electric mobility future is a right way forward. If you would like to read more have a look here.

For the report have a look at this link:

Life Cycle Analysis of the Climate Impact of Electric Vehicles


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

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As the sales of EVs grow, ripple effects are beginning to surface and it's a good idea to keep on the pulse. One of these effects is how your energy supplier charges you and what tariffs are available if you do or don't own an EV. The website thisismoney has published an article that examines this very area and shows some interesting comparisons. This leads one to think more about green energy as a whole and the impact the likes of solar panels and battery storage can have on the monthly energy bill. Why should one be thinking about green energy supplicants for the home when one owns an EV - energy companies are going to charge you more money for charging your EV at home!

Read the full article here.