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CTEK explains how sustainable transport is going full circle with destination EV charging

Leading vehicle charging brand CTEK, which is partnering with EVC to roll out 100,000 charging points across the UK, is predicting a significant growth in electric vehicle (EV) charging at destinations like offices and other workplaces, as sustainable transport goes full circle. 

As more motorists switch to EVs, the availability of reliable chargers at destinations is paramount. EV drivers expect to be able to refuel at destinations in the same way that, in the days of the horse and carriage, people would ‘refuel’ (feed, water and rest) their horses while they were working or visiting a client, before setting off again, refreshed. 

The trend towards destination charging is highlighted by a YouGov/ CTEK survey undertaken earlier this year, which shows that while 68% of UK EV drivers still prefer to charge at home, 37% now use public or destination chargers, 12% charge at work and 9% at petrol stations. 

Cecilia Routledge, CTEK Global Head of E-Mobility, said: “With previous estimates of up to 90% of EV charging taking place at home, this is a fairly significant shift. We can expect destination charging to really come to the fore as business picks up and people start returning to the workplace. 

“The installation of reliable EV chargers is becoming increasingly important to companies and business owners looking to meet the needs of their staff and clients, who will be reassured to know they can park up and recharge their vehicles on site before returning home or embarking on another journey. The provision of EV charging facilities will also help companies meet their sustainability targets, supporting a cleaner, greener future for us all.” 

CTEK says that that for destination charging, where drivers are parked up for several hours or overnight, expensive rapid charge DC (direct current) chargers are rarely needed, pointing out that AC (alternating current) chargers that deliver charge at varying speeds are normally more than adequate. 

For property owners looking for a cost-effective way of installing or expanding an EV charging network, CTEK offers a dual socket Chargestorm Connected 2 AC charger that enables two vehicles to plug in and charge at the same time. This can halve the number of physical units that need to be installed. 

It can also considerably reduce costs, not least because dual socket chargers also qualify for two Government Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) grants. The £350 WCS grants are available ‘per socket’ and not ‘per charger’, so you’ll get £700 back for every Chargestorm Connected 2 charger installed, up to a maximum of £14,000 for a network of 20 dual socket chargers. 

These chargers can be wall or polemounted, inside or out. With CTEK’s 4-socket ‘back to back’ solution, two dual socket chargers can be attached to a single pole. 

“People used to arrive at their destination on a charger, now they expect to plug into one,” said Routledge. “With the Government set to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, the future of sustainable transport lies with rechargeable vehicles. At CTEK, we are committed to supporting the road to zero through the provision of thoroughbred EV chargers that will make sure we can keep moving with the times. It worked then, and it works now – it’s just a different kind of horsepower!”

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