Why Installing Commercial EV Charging Stations Makes Sense
As the electric vehicle (EV) revolution gains momentum, commercial landowners in the UK are presented with a unique opportunity to embrace sustainability and provide a valuable service to their communities. Installing commercial EV charging stations at your site offers a range of benefits, from financial incentives to increased customer footfall and loyalty.
1. Exponential Growth in the EV Market
The electric vehicle market experienced significant growth in 2022, with over 1.1 million plug-in cars registered in the UK by the end of the year.
This includes more than 365,000 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars, marking a 20% increase from the previous year.
The trend continued into 2023, with 17,294 new registrations of battery-electric cars in January.
2. Future-Proofing Your Site
EVs are undoubtedly a part of our future, and the infrastructure to support them is crucial. By being an early adopter, commercial landowners can position themselves ahead of competitors in providing EV charging solutions.
As more drivers switch to EVs in anticipation of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles, EV charging stations will become increasingly popular.
1. Customer Attraction and Loyalty
Today’s customers seek convenience in all aspects of their lives, including EV charging. By offering EV charging facilities, you can attract EV drivers who are more likely to visit your site while they charge, increasing footfall.
Additionally, drivers are more likely to return to a location that offers convenient charging, especially if rapid charging is available.
2. Support Electric Vehicle Adoption
Lack of confidence in the existing public charging infrastructure is a barrier to EV adoption, especially for those without home charging. Installing charge points can encourage hesitant drivers to reconsider EV ownership, potentially leading to a transition away from petrol and diesel vehicles.
3. Increased Dwell Time
EV drivers who charge at your site are likely to spend more time there, translating into increased spending on site amenities. This extended dwell time can positively impact your site’s revenue.
4. Improve Your Sustainable Footprint
Sustainability is a growing concern for both consumers and businesses. By offering EV charging powered by renewable energy sources, you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also appeal to environmentally conscious customers. A survey found that 54% of consumers shop sustainably, and 43% prefer sustainable brands.
5. Attract Employees and Customers
Promoting your sustainability efforts, including EV charging with renewable energy, can help you attract both customers and employees who value eco-friendly choices and responsible corporate practices.