As businesses move from early-stage deployment of electric vehicles to mass adoption, many are finding their plans constrained by electricity supply issues. We spoke to Simon Kendrew, Marketing and Commercial Director – EV Solutions at Equans about some of the key challenges organisations are facing when it comes to rolling out EV charging at scale.
Equans owns and operates the GeniePoint network – the third-largest rapid electric vehicle charging network in the UK. The network offers public charging, partnering with names such as Morrisons and Whitbread. The company also supports businesses with workplace and fleet charging solutions operating over 3,000 EV chargers at customers’ offices, depots and sites across the UK.
Growth of the EV charging market
“The uptake of electric vehicles continues to grow at a rapid pace, driven by the availability of vehicles and ongoing investment, and we’re seeing the most significant growth in the business market. Over 50% of new cars coming onto the market are through business fleets and what’s important to this market is that charging needs to fit seamlessly into their operations. Having the right infrastructure in place is essential.
The market started off with businesses installing small numbers of charge points, starting slowly as they tested the feasibility of electric vehicles. That meant that their current electrical supply could cope with just a few vehicles charging. The phase we’re now entering, for cars and commercial vehicles, is larger installations, with many more vehicles charging at once.