When is it the right time to embrace change and provide EV charging stations in the workplace?
While increasingly there is a business case for making this change, as sales of electric vehicles are continuing to rise, there is also the question of corporate social responsibility and being value-led.
The warnings about the impact of global warming have become more ominous, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasising the need to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
The opportunity is here for businesses to show leadership in environmental and lifestyle issues and to contribute to saving the planet from climate catastrophe.
Towards Zero Vehicle Emissions
In 2013, only 3,500 of newly registered cars in the UK were either full electric plug-ins or hybrid vehicles, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.
By 2017, that number had risen to 63,000. There are around 40 models for the motorist to choose from.
EVs enable a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions and the UK Government is one of 13 members of the Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance, with a commitment to make all passenger vehicles sold zero emissions by 2050.
This is helping to set the stage for the further growth of EV take-up. There are also grants available to encourage more of us to buy electric vehicles, and to install EV charging stations.
The Business Benefits of EV Charging Stations
EVs can mean cost savings for businesses.
When compared to a petrol or diesel car, an EV can make savings of around £100 per 1,000 miles driven. This cost effectiveness in running EVs is helping drive more businesses and fleet managers to make the change.
However, along with the benefits of driving EVs, which also include lower emissions, tax savings, grants and incentives, there are benefits to businesses in helping improve the overall infrastructure that supports them.
Increasing numbers of employees will choose to drive EVs, which means providing a charging station at work supports this choice, or may even influence it in the first place.
There are various local government business grants available to employers to encourage them to install charging stations.
Being Seen to be Green
More and more businesses in the UK are becoming aware of the benefits of demonstrating social value.
This is an aspect of brand building that helps position businesses, and differentiate them, by displaying their social credentials, in how they are looking to benefit local communities and the environment.
Adopting EVs, and supporting them by installing EV charging points, are clear ways of showing a commitment to positive changes, which will ultimately benefit more people, and the planet itself.
This kind of demonstrable corporate social responsibility is also a crucial means for businesses to attract and retain talent, with more people in the job market now being value-led when it comes to deciding who they want to work for.
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