Businesses outline incentives needed to boost EV infrastructure


The Energyst asked businesses what incentives or policies would help them switch to electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Here is a selection of their answers:

“The government already subsidises the actual charging units. However the largest cost of installation will most likely be the upgrading of electrical infrastructure to provide an appropriate amount of chargers for the organisation. Often this cost is completely out of the companies’ control. Some form of cost incentive built around electrical infrastructure could significantly improve cost prohibitive installs.” clean energy developer

“More affordable rapid charging points, reduction in the capital cost of electric vehicles, wider choice of affordable leasing contracts funding for infrastructure/installations.” university energy manager

“We manage housing estates mainly, so it would be to help our residents charge their cars at home when they don’t have their own drive. So a business model which enables this without us having to subsidise it would be very attractive.” energy manager, charitable housing association

“Tax incentives for electricity discharged to public fleets.” university energy manager

“The trust leases its fleet vehicles and whilst the cost difference is now becoming more attractive, increased government support would encourage a quicker take up.” head of corporate services, NHS foundation trust

“Higher fuel taxes; better tax breaks. Solar PV/EV incentives.” community energy co-operative

“A worthwhile grant system.” head of facilities & engineering, food and drink research group

“A grant for rural EV charging infrastructure.” council energy projects officer

“Volume bulk supply of vehicles at a preferential rate.” FM company environmental energy manager

“Having an open protocol for charging points so fleet users don’t have to have a number of cards/apps etc. to charge at different stations.” water company energy advisor

“VAT refund on the installation and capital costs.” director, decorator’s merchant chain

“More rapid points available and legislation around minimum range of EVs.” energy surveyor, property management company

Interested in switching your fleet to EVs or installing on-site charging infrastructure? You should register to attend our free EV Event at Silverstone, 28-29 April 2020.

If you are considering switching to electric vehicles or installing charging infrastructure, you should download The Energyst’s 2019 EV report.

Find out how more than 100 public and private sector organisations plan to deploy EV charging points, whether they have sufficient site capacity, their views on smart charging and how receptive they are towards vehicle-to-grid services. The report also contains the views of energy companies, consultants and charge point operators.

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