With businesses in the UK finally getting some much needed support from the Government with its Energy Bill Relief Scheme, now is a good time for companies to look at electrifying their fleets to help reduce costs, according to leading smart charging company Ohme.
With a price cap on wholesale electricity prices for business customers, similar to the Energy Price Guarantee that was recently put in place for households, companies are now able to plan ahead with greater confidence should they wish to switch their fleets to electric powered vehicles.
So far this year, sales of fully-electric vans are up more than 50 per cent, while sales of fully-electric cars are up over 48 per cent compared with last year.
Ohme believes it is well positioned to help businesses make the switch to electric with its fleet-specific software portal and the ability of its Home Pro smart charger to automatically adjust its charging for drivers and companies by taking advantage of the times of the day with low price charging with smart off-peak tariffs.
Ohme CEO, David Watson explains:
“More and more businesses are making the move towards electric and with Ohme’s smart chargers they can continue to reduce their running costs still further. Ohme also offers drivers the option to charge their car when renewable energy generation on the grid is at its highest, further lowering their company’s CO2 impact and helping them to meet sustainability targets.”
One example of a company that is making the switch to electric, is Leeds-based systems and maintenance supplier EDSB. They are moving from a diesel-only, high-mileage car and van fleet, and with only a fifth of their fleet moved to electric so far, they have already saved £43,000 a year on their fuel bill, which is over a £3,500 saving per month.
EDSB’s Eddie Forrester said:
“We wanted to switch our fleet to electric and the Ohme software portal has been key to the success of us running these cars. We use our EV fleet as a selling point for the company and with many business tenders demanding greater sustainability, if you’re not doing it, then you won’t even be considered. Along with the savings, switching our fleet to EVs has been absolute win-win.”
Ohme is also the official charger provider for customers on the Motability scheme, who operate one of the largest UK fleets in the UK. In addition, Ohme has been named as the Best Electric Charging Point Provider by Business Motoring.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Ohme