Electric vehicle infrastructure

An electric vehicle infrastructure ready for 2030

In line with government targets we are helping many partners across the UK to transform their forecourts and car parks to enable them to reduce carbon emissions, follow their Net-Zero strategies, and help them plan for an emission-free future.

Our experienced team can guide and assist you through the entire process of converting to electric and ensure that our certified professionals provide a customised solution, keeping your business as operational as possible during the project.

We can offer the following services:

  • Full design and application
  • Complete civils work
  • Electrical work (hazardous areas)
  • Hardware installation
  • Connection to the grid
  • Planned and reactive maintenance

Retail forecourts

The forecourt is a logical place for charging points as it is where drivers currently do their refuelling. Existing forecourts are accessible, visible, and already familiar to motorists. Operators are used to hosting infrastructure and providing a service to drivers. By increasing the range and availability of convenience products forecourts can re-focus on non-fuel revenues.

The best chargers for forecourts are ultra-fast, mimicking the dwell time of motorists filling up on traditional forecourts. The below chart shows how many miles of range each type of charger would provide in a typical dwell time of 7 minutes.

Charger type

Power

Range

Slow charger

3kW

Up to 2 miles

Fast charger

7kW

Up to 4 miles

Existing rapid charger

50kW

Up to 23 miles

Ultra-fast charger

150kW

Up to 70 miles

Ultra-fast charger

300kW

Up to 140 miles

The technical challenge

The APEA Electrical Sub-Group has identified the following risks of installing EV chargepoints on a forecourt, which would need to be carefully considered:

  • The charger and vehicle must be outside the hazardous area
  • The full load of charger(s) must be included in any load calculations
  • If a new supply is required for the EV charger, the supply cable must be routed around the hazardous areas and not run underneath
  • Where the filling station has a TT earthing system it must be used for the EV charger earthing system. Two separate TT earthing systems are acceptable
  • If a separate utility company supply is installed to an EV charger, a warning label must be fitted to indicate that the charger supply is not controlled by the main switch for the filling station
  • The supply to the charger must be interlocked with the filling station electrical controls so that the supply to the charger is switched off when the forecourt is closed (or at least not used if charger is powered for data or similar)

Do you have the space?

The periphery infrastructure (substation, LV panel and power cabinets) takes up a lot of space on a forecourt. A battery integrated charger with an incoming grid connection is an option to provide ultra-fast charging with a small footprint. However, this option isn’t right for a high utilisation forecourt because the battery depletes. This solution would be suitable for up to 20 cars per day max.

Another issue is grid supply with EV providing a challenge to the localised power infrastructure. Many forecourts don’t have adequate power for ultra-rapid charging therefore there would be a cost associated with grid re-enforcement. Thankfully, there is a £950m Government fund to target these costs.

We design, install, and maintain fuel infrastructure for forecourts every day. We understand your risks and hazards and can provide a solution that ensures your forecourt remains safe and compliant. Find out more about our EV chargepoint installation services here.

Find out more about how we are supporting MFG in their £400m investment in ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points in our case study here.

Read about a recent forecourt EV installation

Commercial businesses

According to BP it is estimated that by 2030 20% of EV charging will take place at work (up from 5% currently).

As businesses look to decarbonise their operation, a quick win is to install electric car charging stations for employees and clients. Where companies run fleets of vehicles, fast electric car charging stations installed at work locations will reduce running costs.

Your employees, clients and customers want to be able to charge their electric cars while at work or when visiting your business premises. By adding EV charging points you are providing a benefit to your employees and an incentive for clients to do more business with you.

Minimising infrastructure requirements

Most businesses will require multiple electric vehicle charging points. If all these charging points ended up being used simultaneously you could risk overloading the system. Dynamic load balancing smartly allocates available power between the units in use.

If you have 3 units charging at a maximum of 22kW and only 1 EV charging point is being used it will be charged at the full 22kW. However, if all 3 are in use each vehicle would receive 7.3kW of charge.

This keeps the infrastructure requirements to a minimum, ensuring the installation costs remain low. If your electric car parking bays aren’t going to be used at full capacity all the time, this could be an option for you.

Available grants for work EV charging points

OLEV offers government grants for electric car charging points at work via the Workplace Charging Scheme.  It offers a contribution of £350 for each chargepoint installed, up to a maximum of 20, across all sites. Find out more about the Workplace Charging Scheme in our blog here.

Find out more about our EV chargepoint installation services here.

Leisure destinations

It is estimated that destination EV charging will account for 15% of all charging by 2030 according to BP.

These destinations could be supermarkets, shopping centres, cinemas, hospitality units, anywhere where your customers are parking to access your services. If you offer EV charging for free it is a perk for your customers who are parking and transacting with you anyway. Having EV charging stations at your destination location could become increasingly vital to attracting new business.

A destination charger will need to offer mid-range power with a reasonable level of charge over a dwell time of anything from 1 hour to say 4 hours.

Technical requirements

Most car parks will have lighting at a minimum. If you already have electricity to your site, the process is usually straightforward. If you do not have electricity to your site this is not a deal breaker, it simply means the process is more involved.

On rare occasions the installation work may disrupt your day-to-day operations. An example of this might be in a multi-storey car park where complicated containment work may be required to hide the infrastructure. This may need to be done out-of-hours to avoid disruption to your operation.

Chargecards

Owners can charge users to top up their vehicles, by setting up billing on each EV charging point accessed by a standard RFID charge card. You can determine your own rates which you could choose to do initially to cover the installation costs and then remove this fee once those costs are re-couped, making it a perk for your customers. All data on usage and billing can be managed by a centralised web portal accessible by accounts teams.

Find out more about our EV chargepoint installation services here.

Public sector

Whatever your public sector EV charging requirement, we have the expertise to help you navigate suitable procurement routes, explore funding options, carry out feasibility studies, and manage installations and after-service.

Public sector destinations typically include:

  • City, county, town, district, and borough councils
  • Universities, further education, schools and academies
  • National Park authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Emergency services organisations
  • Hospitals and health Services
  • Leisure centres
  • Government departments

We understand the challenges faced by public sector organisations in terms of budgets and we know EV chargepoint programmes require substantial investments. There are a number of options available for funding and we can support your applications for grants and private sector finance. See the options below:

Council grants

There are a number of different grants that may be available for your public sector EV installation:

Chargepoint grants

Grants are available to support chargepoint hardware installation:

Third party finance

A third-party finance arrangement could mean a zero-capital cost.

Find out more about our EV chargepoint installation services here.

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