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Why more companies are making the switch to electric

As we edge towards the 2030 emissions target, and the aim to electrify all new cars in the UK, more and more businesses are taking the plunge to switch their cars to electric. With the recent news that 5 more British companies have joined EV100, we look at why many businesses are making their move.

Tax benefits

For any company, spending a little extra to go electric can have a great pay off in the long run. With 0% company car taxation on electric vehicles, it’s a bit of a no brainer. 

In April 2020, the UK government changed their Benefit in Kind (BiK) rates on EVs with a 0% contribution in your first year of the lease, 1% in the second year and 2% in the third year. Compared to some executive saloon vehicles, you could be saving thousands of pounds a month on the BiK rate by choosing to go electric.

There are also money-saving benefits for the company, with HMRC recommending that reimbursement for electric fuel costs should be 4p/mile on company cars.  

As part of the grants offered by the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the Workplace Charging Scheme supports businesses with the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points and can further the savings that companies can make on the finance sheet.

Corporate social responsibility

Research from ICCT has shown that EVs are better for the environment than other types of vehicles. Including production of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, EVs emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel vehicles over the course of their lifetime. 

As EVs do not produce CO2, the use of them can reduce air pollution significantly. In fact, just one electric vehicle can save an average of 1.5 million grams of carbon dioxide from the environment per year. 

Additional research from the European Energy Agency found that even with electricity generation included, there is a reduction in carbon emissions on EVs of between 17% and 30% when using the average European electricity mix.

By making changes like these, it really showcases how much your business cares about protecting the environment. This is especially important now, as there is so much more scrutiny being placed on stopping climate change by consumers. 

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Spread over a 60 month period.

Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.

You decide the amount of months.

Minimum of £1000.

We will contact you to process the credit application. Approval is subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. 13.9% APR representative. T&Cs apply.

Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.

Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.

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