Office & Workplace
Providing electric car charging facilities at your office or workplace for your employees comes with unique considerations. Before you choose to install, you’ll want to evaluate your site’s equipment needs, estimate your purchase and installation costs, and create policies for employees’ use of charging stations. Learn more, and then call us. We’ll guide you through the steps to helping your employees plug in.
Establishing a policy for employees’ use of electric car charging stations at work may be a useful early step in managing this new service. You’ll want to include decision-makers like the building owner and manager, facilities officials, human resources, and legal counsel. First, decide whether you’ll offer charging to employees at no cost, or whether you’ll develop a cost-recovery mechanism. If you decide to make charging complimentary, talk to your tax advisor — it may be considered a reportable employee benefit.
A good place to start is estimating how many charging stations you will need. You can learn a lot by surveying your employees to assess their interest. Then, evaluate your parking configuration and allocation. Charging stations should be placed in easily accessible, dedicated parking spaces. Placing them close to existing electrical infrastructure will simplify installation and help minimize your costs. If you anticipate growing use of electric car charging stations in the future, you may want to plan ahead as you upgrade infrastructure now.
One way to help control your bottom line is to manage use of charging stations to avoid on-peak rates, when demand for electricity and rates are higher. Your Electric Vehicle Advisor can provide a customized rate analysis based on your anticipated charging hours and how many charging stations you plan to offer. Call your electric vehicle advisor. They can help you assess the financial impact of electric vehicle charging and the requirements to install and operate this equipment on your property.