The rapid development of battery technology, with longer driving ranges and shorter charging times, has made EVs a more cost-effective and environmentally conscious decision for business fleets. Many governments around the world offer incentives to encourage the adoption of EVs, such as tax credits, grants, and access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes with dedicated “green stickers”.
As a result, the number of EVs in businesses has been steadily increasing in recent years and is expected to continue to grow. However, successful electrification has a prerequisite: Charging infrastructure.
Sustainability vs Accessibility
Different companies approach charging from different perspectives; some charge their fleets of company-owned vehicles, while others want to provide the infrastructure for their employees and customers, driving their sustainability ambitions.
While businesses are attracted to electric driving due to different drivers, several obstacles exist. Sustainability targets are setting grand expectations while infrastructure development might lag. Legislation on one end sets targets for CO2 cuts and transition to zero-emission; companies & infrastructure providers face other legislative pieces that obstruct infrastructure deployment, such as rigid legislation, fire safety guidelines, planning guidelines, etc.
Those obstacles could significantly slow down the deployment of the charging infrastructure, which is still one of the primary areas of concern for new EV (Electric Vehicle) drivers.
Business vs Employees
Soaring energy and fuel prices demand careful calculations and switching to electric is usually a budget-friendly alternative, especially if the company has its own energy production/spare capacity that could be utilized for EVs, and fleet patterns are favourable.
On the other hand, the cost of onboarding employees to the new technology and use patterns is often overlooked. And employee satisfaction is one of the critical success factors when implementing new technologies in the working process, especially ones that influence or disturb daily patterns, way of work and interactions.
How to approach the electrification project:
Landis+Gyr’s local EV charging teams across Europe, in North America, and Australia are your first support in building or transitioning your business fleet to electric. They know all about the local EV landscape, regulations, and infrastructure to provide the best support and guidance for you to deliver a perfect EV charging user experience in harmony with the grid.
Landis+Gyr’s portfolio of smart EV charging infrastructure covers diverse use cases with INCH interactive charging stations and OCEAN, a scalable charge point and energy management software.