Offering EV driver reimbursements
In the United States, offering reimbursements for home charging of EVs can be a proactive step towards encouraging the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
Proprietary plug-in charging stations (owned by the company)
Companies can consider installing proprietary plug-in charging stations at the workplace for employees to charge their EVs while they are at work. This not only provides convenience for employees but also allows companies to have control over the charging infrastructure and possibly negotiate lower electricity rates.
Companies can also consider implementing a flat-rate reimbursement system for home charging expenses. This involves reimbursing employees a fixed amount per month to cover their home charging costs. The amount can be determined based on factors such as the average distance driven per month, the average electricity consumption of the EV, and the prevailing electricity rates in the region.
Actual energy rate
Another approach to reimbursing drivers for home charging expenses is to calculate the actual energy rate. This involves reimbursing employees based on the actual amount of electricity consumed for charging their EV at home. This can be done by requiring employees to submit monthly electricity bills or by installing separate meters specifically for EV charging. Companies can choose whether to reimburse the full amount or a percentage of the charging costs, taking into consideration their budget and sustainability goals.
Auto manufacturer tools
Auto manufacturers can also play a role in reimbursing drivers for home charging of EVs. They can offer incentives or discounts on home charging equipment, such as wall-mounted chargers or smart charging systems. This would encourage EV owners to invest in home charging infrastructure, making it more convenient and cost-effective for them to charge their vehicles at home.
Energy cards (like gas credit cards)
Energy cards, like gas credit cards, can also be introduced to reimburse drivers for home charging expenses. These cards would be linked to the driver’s EV charging account and can be used at approved charging stations or for home charging. By using energy cards, drivers can easily track and manage their charging expenses, while companies can conveniently reimburse them for the amount spent.