Making EV charger installs simple at home and work

24th March 2022
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There's lot of things to think about if you are installing home and workplace chargers, but at Mina, we can make the process much simpler.

There are around 800,000 company car drivers, and employees driving around 4,000,000 vans in the UK, and over the next decade the majority are likely to switch to electric vehicles. 

For any business, whether large or small, that means a significant change in the way they operate, because many of these drivers will be charging their vehicles at home, or at work.

For any person involved with the operation of vehicles in their business, that means it’s likely they will be setting up a charging infrastructure from scratch. It’s no wonder that many businesses are concerned about the costs, logistics challenges and HR issues they might face when installing home and workplace chargers. It is possible though, to make charge point installations simple, as long as businesses put in place clear guidelines and processes, and get the right suppliers on board.

We look at some of the things you’ll need to consider, and also how to solve them.

Home charging for your business

As your fleet electrifies, one area you must keep control of is the provision of home chargers.

There are many different suppliers, and  also many ways of getting one: some leasing companies bundle in the cost of chargers with the monthly rental of the vehicle, some manufacturers offer deals for chargers with their cars and vans. 

Then there are local suppliers who sell them, or you can order direct with the charge point manufacturer.

The problem with this, is that if you are providing a company car or van to an employee, you have control over that vehicle, who supplied it, the terms of running it, specification and crucially, the cost, but chargers can vary in cost – for the unit and installation – and specification too.

They can also come with tethered or untethered cables, some have apps to help run charging schedule and power demands, some can be linked to solar panels, have varying warranty lengths and require fitters who are approved to fit certain brands.

Consequently, if you’re not careful, all your drivers could be doing something different. You can however manage this so that you’re not having to deal with dozens of different issues, checking the cost of each charger and its suitability for what your business needs, by using a single supplier such as Mina. We offer Fleet Approved hardware and full coordination of install, (detailed more towards the end of this blog.)


Paying for home chargers 

If you choose to pay for your employees’ home chargers, you can potentially claim back 100% of the installation cost, of both the unit and any changes you need to make at their property or electricity supply to fit it. Some of the expenditure might also qualify for a 130% enhanced deduction, but you need to speak to your accountant or finance team about this.

Your employee will not be liable for benefit-in-kind tax on the cost of the unit or its installation either.


Installing work charge points

There are grants available to help with the cost of installing charge points at work, which you can read about here. While funding is one issue to consider there are others:

  1. How many chargers do you need?

    Just because you have a car park for hundreds of cars, it doesn’t mean you need hundreds of chargers, as not everybody will have to charge every day. Instead do some research to work out real-life demand, and speak to those involved in day-to-day operations: if cars and vans are on the move constantly you might need a far higher number as they return to base during the day or night to recharge.

  2. Work out your speed limit

    There are workplace chargers which can deliver 150kW ultra fast charging, but do you need this? For a start they are much more expensive and require more infrastructure to install. If cars are charging all day while employees are at their desk, or vans are parked in a compound all night, slower, cheaper chargers will do the job too.

  3. Manage charging

    The last thing you need is employees bickering over who is using the chargers installed, or arguing over hogging a plug. Put in place a system that records usage or limits time so that charging is fair, or perhaps prioritises those without home charging.

    Also, although electricity is not classed as a fuel by HMRC, and so there are no BIK tax issues if you want to provide free charging to employees, you could ask for a fee to cover the cost, or part of it.

    By using RFID cards such as a Mina Chargepass, you can put in place a system that is equitable, cost effective and manages employee usage.

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Future-proofing chargers

It can be too easy for employees caught up in the excitement of moving to an electric vehicle to only be thinking about the here and now but they, and you, need to also think about the future too.

This includes the choice of home chargers, ensuring the one that's installed has the ability to be updated online as technology adapts, and is run by systems that will continue to report data for years to come.

Also, you want to use a supplier who can not only fit the chargers properly, but move it too, should they move house.

As an employer, if you provide the charger, what is your policy on employees keeping them if they leave? It is your asset, after all.

How can businesses stamp out EV fraud before it starts?

A new issue to think about is fraud. At the moment, it’s not typical for a household to have multiple electric cars, but that is changing rapidly and so in future there may be more than one electric car or van using the same home charger. If you don’t have the right home chargers installed, which can report back on which vehicle is connected, it could be very easy for an employee to add on extra charges for non-work EVs to their expenses. Having an RFID card like a Mina Chargepass to differentiate between the vehicles can solve this issue, but remember the charger installed needs to have RFID capabilities to allow this to happen.


Choose the right hardware for home

There's a huge choice of 70 charge point manufacturers on the Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved list, and hundreds of models.

Our Fleet Approved™ hardware narrows that often-confusing choice down to trusted hardware with suppliers who we know deliver, and offers these advantages:

  1. Smart charging capabilities

  2. RFID charge session authentication

  3. Direct data integration with Mina

  4. Inbuilt mobile SIM card

  5. Competitive pricing for hardware and installation

  6. Improved fleet driver customer support

  7. Seamless driver onboarding and installation process

You can receive a no obligation Fleet Approved installation quote here.


Choose the right hardware for work

With our Workcharge™ solution, installing and managing office and depot electric vehicle charge points is simple.

  1. Choose from the latest EV smart chargers

  2. Installations qualify for up to 75% OZEV grant funding - up to £14,000

  3. Set different charging pricing for employees and visitor charge sessions, or offer for free.

  4. Easily see drivers charging behaviour with RFID authentication

  5. View home, workplace and public charging together in our unique Fleet Portal


You can book a Workcharge consultation here.