How To Provide At-home Fleet Vehicle Charging For Employees

This article describes our experience while working with a large corporate as they transition their fleet to electric. Providing EV charging facilities at employee's homes was a key part of this journey.

Rob Speirs Evnex
Rob Speirs | GM Sales & Marketing
A fleet EV charging at home

This article is based on our experience while working with a large NZ corporate. This particular company has begun the transition of their entire passenger fleet to electric vehicles. Many of the EVs are employee take-home vehicles, with some travelling extensively throughout provincial New Zealand. Most of the EVs require charging facilities in the employee’s homes and are supplemented by public charge points and workplace chargers at business locations.

As this business began to electrify their fleet, they discovered some new challenges to overcome, one of which was how to provide charging facilities in employee’s homes. In order to ensure a successful deployment, a number of issues were considered;

  • Employees did not always own their home, in which case landlord consent was often required to install the EV charger.
  • Most of the homes had a single-phase electricity supply, meaning a maximum capacity of 63 amps to the home. This presented potential issues when adding up to 32 amps of EV charging load to the existing consumption during peak times.
  • Homes were required to have off-street or garaged parking, with access to the home’s electricity supply.
  • For cost reasons, all chargers needed to be mounted on a wall, removing additional costs for pedestals and other mounting hardware.
  • Separate stand-alone garages tended not to be suitable as the existing electrical capacity was insufficient. It was often found to be costly to upgrade the circuit to a stand-alone building.
  • Access to charging session data was required to allow for reimbursement of costs, meaning that a connected or ‘smart’ charging solution was necessary.

One of the first steps the business took was to select a national installer partner who then inspected all of the employee's homes for suitability. Evnex worked alongside this installer and provided guidance on hardware and ways to reduce installation costs. Notable factors included the use of a type A RCD instead of a type B RCD. The installer then began the process of installing the charging stations. Across a wide range of homes, the installation costs typically varied between $800 and $1,200 NZD per location.

"One of the first steps the business took was to select a national installer partner who then inspected all of the employee's homes for suitability".

Employee Experience

From an employee point of view, the process has been simple and without hassle. The installation process was professionally managed and employees are now able to charge overnight at speeds of up to 40km of range per hour or 400km over a 10 hour period. The process is simple; plug in, charge and forget. Each month employees are reimbursed for all energy used at an agreed rate. They even have the ability to charge a personal EV on the charger as the associated energy costs are split out separately. As the Evnex AC chargers are connected to the internet via the cellular network, there was no requirement to connect to the employee’s private home network. The Evnex CP Link™ mobile app allows the employee to monitor costs and adjust charging times.

Company Experience

From the company’s point of view, the smart charging system allows them to manage employee charging requirements in a cost-effective manner. All sessions are recorded and an automated process is in place for monthly employee reimbursement via their payroll system. The fleet manager receives monthly reports covering individual consumption, cost, and even CO2 savings. As employees leave the business from time to time, it has been a simple and relatively affordable deinstallation process, with the charging hardware then reallocated to new employees.

If you're looking to provide charging solutions for your employees, talk to us about finding a partner to make the process straighforward.

Rob Speirs Evnex
Rob Speirs | GM Sales & Marketing