Frequently asked questions about workplace EV charging

Since 2022, ORKA has helped a number of businesses across Aberdeen and further afield add workplace EV charging to their facilities. While supporting the transition to electric, businesses can improve their attraction to employees and customers, and can even open a brand new revenue stream.

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By installing EV chargers at your workplace, you’ll help your business meet growing expectations and demand for this renewable energy solution. Businesses across the United Kingdom ought to consider joining the transition to electric vehicles as the UK government remains committed to ceasing the production and sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

However, we recommend business owners and decision-makers consider the below frequently asked questions about workplace EV charging before making the investment.

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions and answers have been developed by ORKA’s expert team based on our client feedback. These FAQs cover benefits, revenue streams, installation, and so much more - but, if you would like to get in touch with our team of experts directly, then please click here.

You can rely on ORKA’s experience, and proven track record from the array of businesses which have already chosen to collaborate with us on their workplace charging solution. While delivering services that are compatible with all major electric vehicle brands, ORKA will go above and beyond with guaranteed ongoing remote and on-site maintenance if required, and 24/7 customer support so the help you need is always just a phone call away.

ORKA’s six-step workplace charging installation process is designed to be as seamless as possible, with an aim of avoiding disruption and delivering a set-up that you, your employees, and customers will appreciate. To get a better idea of what each step of the process involves, please click here.

The quantity of charging points needed at your workplace will entirely depend on the number of individuals expected to visit your premises, and their intended usage of the charging points. This can seem a bit daunting, but ORKA’s team of experts will be able to determine the optimal number of chargers required for installation so you get the most for your money. To get in touch with a member of our team, please click here.

Thankfully, the answer is no! Planning permission is not required for the installation of EV charging points in the UK.

The two most common types of EV chargers are known as AC and DC. AC chargers are used for fast charging up to 22kW, while DC chargers are used for rapid electric vehicle charging from 20kW to 400kW. Deciding what chargers to install and how many can of course seem like a tricky question - but that’s where ORKA comes in. Our team will design a bespoke plan that will meet the needs and circumstances of your workplace.

For this question, it entirely depends on the charger you’re using and the electric vehicle model. To find out more about the charging times you can expect at your workplace, then please get in touch with our team today.

For one, your business will be contributing to the environment as you’ll be helping others reduce their carbon footprint. By adding charging points to your workplace, you will be able to encourage employees, customers and other visitors to lower their emissions and switch to electric vehicles.

Businesses can also open a new revenue stream should they choose to introduce paid-for charging points. Finally, your business will be staying ahead of the curve as growing external pressures are shaping the future of transport. As the UK government aims to end the sales of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, this will likely lead to a rapid growth in demand for electric vehicles and workplace EV charging.

Yes! ORKA utilises an innovative electric vehicle charge point management software, known as Fuuse, which allows for a flexible workplace EV charging platform. This system allows the business owner to decide whether to keep their charge points private for employees, or to be discoverable by members of the public. Fuuse offers multi-tariff options which means you can charge different rates for various user groups - for example, you may wish to offer EV charging to employees at no cost, whereas customers and visitors can be charged for their usage which will open a brand new revenue stream for your business.

If you’re unsure whether or not to introduce charge points on a paid-for basis, then you can rely on ORKA’s expertise to help you decide. Our team is on-hand to provide guidance once we have a better understanding of your workplace and the relevant stakeholders.

With ORKA’s fully customisable bespoke workplace EV charging solutions, our customers are in complete control of who can access their chargers and at what cost.

If you decide to offer electric vehicle charging at no cost to your employees, then you may see a rise in their satisfaction and morale as this is becoming an increasingly sought after benefit. By offering free charging, business owners may also find it easier to encourage their staff to transition to electric vehicles.

By introducing EV charging on a paid-for basis, businesses can generate a brand new revenue stream. By collaborating with ORKA, customers have the option to create designated groups that can have specific access and costs associated with each of them.

If you would like more advice on whether or not to charge people for using your workplace EV chargers, then please get in touch with our team.

Your workplace EV charging set-up should require relatively low maintenance, however, we recommend inspecting your chargers regularly to ensure they are performing properly. By working with ORKA, your business can benefit from the expertise of our team who are available 24/7 to deliver ongoing remote and on-site maintenance, if it’s required.

Yes! There are a number of incentives that businesses can benefit from when implementing workplace charging, such as the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The UK government has introduced several initiatives like the WCS which aim to provide financial support to businesses, charities and public sector organisations to help with the installation costs.

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