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Workplace Charging: Introducing Charge Point Tariffs

With energy prices rising, many workplaces are looking to introduce tariffs for using their EV charge points. Scott Duncan, Associate Consultant at Mer, explains how to do it.

“There is a realisation that free charging is an extra perk for some employees. This is great if you are trying to encourage workers to switch to EVs. But equally, you wouldn’t give free petrol or diesel to workers driving legacy cars, so you might not want to give EV drivers free ‘fuel’, either.”

Scott believes that the starting point has to be understanding your corporate objectives. “Companies are increasingly buying EVs as company vehicles or offering salary sacrifice schemes to incentivise take-up of electric vehicles (EVs), he says. “Additional charging infrastructure goes hand in hand with this. If one of your business goals is to incentivise adoption of EVs by employees, then charging for EV charging at work might actually be counterproductive. 

“However, we are seeing a move away from free to subsidised charging in the workplace, as companies are looking to speed up their return on investment (ROI) from charging infrastructure. For AC fast charging, which is the most common solution for workplaces, it can be a considerable number of years before you realise that ROI. So, it certainly is not a money-maker, but it could help to cover ongoing back office software and service and maintenance costs.

“Around 40 per cent of us live in properties that are unsuitable for off-street charging, and the Government recently removed the home charging grant. On that basis, there will always be some employees happy to pay to charge at work, providing you apply a fair tariff.”

“One of the key pieces of advice we always give to our customers is to set some guidelines – or charging etiquette – for the workplace to encourage people to move their cars once charged. Setting up a internal booking system is one way to keep control.”

To support this, future development of Mer Connect will see charge point owners being able to introduce an overstay charge. This will incentivise EV drivers not to monopolise the infrastructure, freeing up this resource for others to able to use it. The ability to optimise their chargers important for those looking to achieve a return on their investment.

 

Whether you are thinking about installing Mer workplace charge points or have already got some, we can help you decide whether tariffs are the right way to go. Get in touch with an expert like Scott by contacting us on [email protected]

You can also find further information on our workplace charging solutions here.

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