Some 29% of fleets that already operate or are planning to adopt electrified vehicles within the next three years now offer workplace charging for free.
Additionally, a further 18% of those surveyed in the 2021 Arval Mobility Observatory Barometer research plan to install workplace chargers within the next 12 months. However on the flip side, 44% offer no charging facilities at all.
The research also looked at payment for workplace charger use and while 29% offer charging for free, 14% have chargers in place but make their employees pay for charging. Finally, to support charging at home, 14% of employers subsidised the installation of domestic chargers while their drivers footed the bill in 13% of cases.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said, “Ensuring that drivers have charging facilities available at home and at work is a strategic building block in the ongoing adoption of EVs more broadly. This research provides a fascinating snapshot of the current state of play – it’s pleasing to see that nearly three in 10 fleets offer free workplace charging.
“What we can see is that the level of corporates offering both charging at the workplace and support for home charging is some way behind the adoption of EVs themselves. However, the research shows that the picture is potentially changing quite rapidly, with almost one in five employers aiming to install charging in the next year.
“Different attitudes to making drivers pay for charging are also noteworthy. There is an almost equal split in terms of both the cost of accessing workplace charging and of subsidising having a charger installed at home. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops over the coming years as the number of EVs being used rapidly increases.”