Why should you install an EV charging station?

An EV charging station installed outside a building

With the UK banning the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030 and other countries by 2035, the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is going to increase. Having an EV charging station on your site is a way to offer your customers and employees a place to charge their electric cars.

What are EV charging stations?

EV charging points are installed onto different sites to be used to charge electric vehicles. They come in three different types with each determining how fast they can fully charge a car. Slow charging points are usually rated up to 3kW and are mainly found at home or in workspaces. This is because it can take around eight to ten hours for them to fully charge. Fast chargers can either be rated at 7kW or 22kW and can take around 3 to 4 hours to fully charge an electric vehicle. These are usually found in car parks or supermarkets. There are also rapid charges that are rated at 43kW. These can take around 30 to 60 minutes to fully charge an electric vehicle but are only compatible with rapid-charging function electric vehicles. They’re commonly found at motorway service stations and petrol stations.

The plug that comes with the EV charging point can also vary. For example, UK three pin plugs can give approximately five miles of range for every 30 minutes’ worth of charging but these are not designed for the long use and high power output needed to fully charge an electric vehicle. Type 2 plugs are the most common type of plug for electric vehicles. These have a more powerful charging capability as they can give approximately 75 miles for every 30 minutes charged. Unlike type 2 chargers, they also have an in-built locking mechanism when they are connected to a power supply. If you’re looking at rapid charging, you’ll need a CHAdeMO plug or a Combined Charging System (CCS) plug.

A woman stood leaning against a car. The car is an electric vehicle being charged by an EV charging station installed in front of a building.
An electric vehicle being charged

Are there any schemes to help with the costs of installing an EV charging station?

If you’re looking to install an EV charging point but are worried about the costs, it’s worth checking whether your business is eligible for any schemes or discounts. The government has put the Workplace Charging Scheme in place where businesses can claim a maximum of £10,000 to install charging points for their employees. This needs to be applied for before any EV charging points are installed and is a voucher-based system. You’ll only be able to claim for up to 20 sockets per business as well as fitting an eligibility criteria. The scheme is subject to change, but our experts can advise you on eligibility.

What are the benefits of having an EV charging station?

Choosing to install an EV charging point for your business is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint through a reduction in your scope one emissions. By switching to an electric vehicle, you can save around 200 grams of CO2 per mile, helping to reduce global warming and achieve any sustainability targets your business might have. If you’re providing your employees with a place to charge their EVs, you could encourage them to make the switch to an electric car. It’s also a great way to show your commitment to becoming more sustainable to potential customers or clients.

With lots of EV charging station apps, such as Zap-Map, on the rise, you can put your business on the map, while generating some extra income. Potential customers could find your business when looking for a place to charge their vehicle. With the time it takes to charge an EV vehicle, they may be looking for somewhere to have dinner or do some shopping while they wait. So, having an EV charging point at your site is a great way to bring in some new business.

How easy is an EV charging station to install?

Installing an EV charging point is easy to do with the help of our energy advisors at Flame Energy. You don’t need planning permission to install an EV charging point, so we’ll be able to work with our network of approved suppliers to get your charging point up and running as quickly as possible. We can ensure that your charging point fits your site’s needs too.

Contact us

Looking to install an EV charging point at your business or site? Our experiences team at Flame Energy work with industry professionals to offer you a cost-effective, personalised, and sustainable solution to the increased demand for electric vehicles. Contact us today to find out more about our renewable energy options for your business.

Powering Success. Power your projects with our water and energy management services.

Reach out today & discover how we can help.

Case Studies

Driving Innovation in British Agriculture: Government Grants Towards Solar PV Now Available

The Farm Productivity grant, the Government will look to fund between £15,000 and £100,000 towards solar equipment.
Read More

Press Release, 1st February 2024: Pam Knight

Pam Knight, Managing Director stated “We are thrilled to reintroduce our business offering at Flame Energy. We have been working...
Read More

Exploring How Geopolitical Events Shape Energy Market Trends

Explore the intricate interplay between geopolitical events, conflicts, and the global economic landscape, and their influence on energy markets, influencing...
Read More


We're always here for you

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information about how we could improve your Energy management.

Contact Us Energy
Enter the Captcha

© Copyright 2023 FlameUK

All rights reserved.

Energy Management
Energy Meters
Water Management
Waste Management
Why Flame Energy?

Case Studies

Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions

Newsletter Signup

Newsletter Signup Energy
Enter the Captcha

Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions

Company Registration Number: 12025193. VAT Number: 357 406 000. Registered address: White House, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GF

Website Design by The New Fat