Electric vehicles for business

Electric vehicles infrastructure for business

Guide

Electric vehicles work well for regular short to medium journeys. The growth of rapid charging infrastructure is enabling businesses to use electric vehicles for longer journeys. This makes electric vehicles a realistic transport option for many businesses operating within Northern Ireland.

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has been installing free public charging points across Northern Ireland. This network enables electric vehicle users to charge at various points during longer journeys. Knowing where the public charging points are sited can help with a decision to invest in an electric vehicle. There is also financial support for the installation of certain types of private charging points.

Electric vehicle range

Estimating the number of miles an electric vehicle can cover between charges - or "range anxiety" - can be an issue with this type of transport. In the past this may have put off businesses who depend on reliable and timely transport to deliver goods or attend meetings.

The majority of electric vehicles available today have a minimum range of 60 to 100 miles when fully charged - some models have a range as high as 300 miles. Electric commercial vehicles are becoming more common and can range up to 150 miles per charge.

Private charge points

Private charge points are 3kW or 7kW outlets which are installed in owner's homes or workplace. These are for your own use and are connected to your home or workplace electricity supply. These will charge vehicles in four to eight hours. Around 80 per cent of all electric vehicle charging is done at home overnight.

Anyone who purchases an electric vehicle in Northern Ireland is entitled to apply for a domestic grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The grant will cover up to 75 per cent of the total cost of a home charge point, to a maximum of £500. In many cases your car dealer will arrange for this home charge point to be installed.

Public rapid charge points

Rapid charge points are 50kW outlets - these can charge capable vehicles up to 80 per cent in around 20 to 25 minutes. These are located in petrol stations and on key strategic routes around Northern Ireland.

Public fast charge points

Fast charge points are 22kW double-headed outlets able to charge two vehicles at the same time. They are located in shopping centres, car parks, on-street, tourist attractions and other locations where electric vehicle drivers tend to park regularly. Depending on the type of electric vehicle, they charge within one to six hours.

You can find a map of all electric vehicle public charge points in Northern Ireland, or for cross-border business travel, you can find a map of all electric car charge points across Ireland.