Charging & range Charging an electric car at work Between the morning and evening rush hours, most cars sit motionless for hours in the office car park – which is the perfect opportunity to plug in and top-up your charge. This makes using an electric car for work a very viable and sensible proposition all-round. Making everyone happy For most people, the cost of travelling to work is a cost they’d rather do without. So commuting in an electric car makes perfect sense, and could significantly cut your journey costs. It also helps to improve air quality and the working environment. Businesses across the UK are aware of these benefits, and encouraging their staff to drive pure electric or plug-in hybrid cars by installing workplace charging units. For some drivers who are unable to charge at home, charging at the office makes it easy for them to also drive and enjoy the benefits of an electric car. Easy and hassle free Depending upon the route an employer takes, charging at work is likely to be every bit as straightforward as charging at home or using the public charging network. Some businesses decide to install charging points that are free and open for everyone to use; in which case you plug-in just like you would at home. Others may decide to make their chargepoint part of the public network, which would mean signing-up for access to that particular provider, if you hadn’t done so already. Either way, charging your car at work is the perfect way to make the most of its down-time, and ensure you have plenty of range for the journey home. £500 Workplace Charging Scheme Grant To encourage businesses to install charging points, the Government also offers the Workplace Charging Scheme grant, a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. This is up to £500 for each charging socket, up to a limit of 20. You can find the latest guidance on this scheme, and how to apply here.