Our role for connecting your EV and facilitating your switch
Naomi Hamilton runs a cake delivery business from home and wants to charge her vehicle overnight as she is visiting customers all day. She does not have an office and leaves from home each day.
Naomi has installed a charge point at her home to charge her vehicle when she is not working.
Elijah Proudfoot is a self-employed plumber in London with a work van. Elijah has no driveway and is not able to install a charge point at home and wishes to charge when travelling around London.
Elijah chooses to use public charge points whilst travelling around. They can be found at some petrol stations, along streets and in car parks.
Sophia Patel runs a catering business from an office with a small car park and owns just one van. Sophia would like to charge at the office whilst not visiting customers, so has installed one charge point in the small car park.
Noah Ali runs a refrigeration company from his depot which has a car park and loading station. His company has three fleet vehicles, which are collected each morning and dropped off at the end of the day.
Noah has installed three charge points and the electric vans will charge overnight at the office.
Choosing your Electric Vehicle and type of charger
Your first step in switching your fleet to electric will be to choose your electric vehicle and a suitable charger for the vehicle and your business needs.
You can choose from three main vehicle types: Battery-electric vehicle (BEV), Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and Extended range electric vehicles (E-REV). Then you can choose from either a Slow, Fast, or Rapid charger which could be installed at your home or business, or you could use public charge points.
To learn more about EVs and EV charge points, visit Energy Saving Trust’s SME EV pages with information about government grants, tools to help you evaluate and buy an EV, training courses, and other resources.
Home charging for businesses
Charging fleets or multiple EVs
If you operate more than one EV then you might want to install multiple charge points. Your first step would be to appoint a charge point provider and choose which charge point(s) will meet your needs. Your installer can then help you to submit an application using our new connections form.
We will then appoint a project manager to assess your needs, visit the site, perform network studies, produce a design, and provide a quote. If you accept, then we will carry out the work.
Small fleet charging solutions can accommodate the installation of 1-3 fast chargers, or 1 rapid charger. This means we can facilitate up to 70kVA connections which will typically take 8-12 weeks to complete the process.
Medium-Large fleet charging solutions facilitate installation of multiple rapid charge points, which enables connections rated above 200kVA and can take anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months, depending on the site requirements and electricity network constraints in your area.
Public charging for your business
It may be beneficial for your business to make use of the on-street public charging infrastructure, whether you are looking to ‘top-up’ while away from home/work, or if you don’t have access to off-street charging. Whatever you situation, we want to make it easier for you.
With the public charge point network rapidly expanding across the UK, especially in towns and cities, it is becoming easier to get access to an electric vehicle charger. Energy Saving Trust, an independent organisation working to to address the climate emergency, have useful information on where to find public charge points on their electric vehicle page.
Already connected but having an issue?
If you have a power cut, please call 105 or report the issue on our website.
If you do not have a power cut, but your charge point is not working as expected then please contact your charge point installer or a local electrician.
Read our help and advice on installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points.
Ask our electric vehicle expert a question online or request a face-to-face meeting to learn more before you apply.