Facility managers are being encouraged to consider installing electric vehicle charging stations around their buildings for increased occupant satisfaction.
A survey of residents from market research firm Ipsos, together with EVBox, concluded that businesses that provide charging stations and electric cars could help to accelerate the shift towards emission-free electric vehicles while making themselves more attractive to potential hires.
Nearly four in five (78 per cent) drivers of electric cars complain of not having enough electric vehicle charging options at work.
Only 22 per cent of electric vehicle drivers say there are always enough charging stations where they work, and 43 per cent report there are no chargers at all.
There are key benefits for employers in offering electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations, most notably that 57 per cent also say that employers that offer electric vehicles as company cars would be more attractive to work for.
Currently, 4 in 10 electric vehicle drivers say that their company has a sustainability vision in place and offers them the choice of an electric vehicle when selecting a company car. However, they want more employer support: 45 per cent would like to see more regular chargers at work and 33 per cent want more fast-charging stations.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of electric vehicle drivers say workplace charging would make them more likely to buy another electric vehicle as their next car.
Some tax credits and rebates are already available to help businesses add electric vehicle chargers at workplaces and to help drivers reduce the cost of buying the vehicles
These findings come at a time when a greater variety of electric vehicles are becoming available from auto manufacturers and fighting climate change continues to take centre stage in North America.