With the cost of fuel rising in recent months, electric vehicles are becoming more popular and increasingly cost effective for businesses across Ireland. These vehicles require charging points.
EV’s are more than 70% cheaper to run than diesel or petrol cars. Business EV’s currently qualify for a 0% Benefit-in-Kind rate of up to €50,000 without mileage conditions in Ireland. There is also a €5,000 euro grant available towards purchasing a new battery electric vehicle in Ireland.
With all of these supports available from the department of transport in Ireland, workplaces are seeing an increase in employees driving electric vehicles. Companies, in turn, are utilising electric vehicles for their fleets which leads to the demand for EV Car Charging stations at the workplace to be increasing steadily.
Businesses within Ireland can avail of the Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) tax incentive for energy saving equipment. This incentive allows local businesses to deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase. As a result, the reduction in tax paid by the organization in that year is currently 12.5% of the value of expenditure.
The provision of car charging points to a significant proportion of parking spaces forms part of the development strategy to support increasing numbers of staff and clients of Collins Aerospace to reducing CO2 emissions.
This reduction in cost and emissions allows Collins Aerospace to present themselves as forward thinking whilst also future-proofing their location against the increase in demand for EV charging stations by their staff.
The scope of the project involved design and civil works which included digging a trench from the main building out to the car park for the provision of 4 EV Car Parking Spaces.
The main challenge faced throughout the project was operations in Collins aerospace continued and O’Briens had limited space to complete works A safety plan was implemented to ensure that staff and customers were protected from works throughout the entire length of the project.
The project lasted 3 weeks. A grass area was removed and a new concrete footpath with a total area of 22m² was developed. Two 63 AMP ePower EV Car Chargers were installed that can charge up to four cars at any one time. These were connected to a newly installed external fuse board.
Once all civil and electrical works were completed, line marking works were completed with the green EV Car Charger Logo to ensure all employees and customers of Collins aerospace know where the charging points are located.