Electric Vehicle Charge Points
Electric Vehicle Charge Points
The UK is seeing a growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. Since 2012, the EV stock in the country is doubling year on year. The UK government is also making EV development a priority. It announced the introduction of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to set requirements for the provision of charging points. In the Autumn 2017 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged over £500m to fund the charging network and provide grants for plug-in-hybrids. Now you are able to take advantage of this development. If you install an Electric Vehicle charge point at your home or place of work, you could qualify for a grant towards the supply and installation of the equipment. This grant could be worth £350 towards the overall cost so its well worth seeing if you qualify.
Charging your Electric Vehicle
Around 40 manufacturers provide charging units suitable for charging your electric behicle at home or work. Typically, the units are wall mounted, and available either with a tethered Type 1 or Type 2 cable, which can be plugged straight into the car, or with a Type 2 socket for use with the vehicle’s charging cable.
Most suppliers also provide two power rating options: 3KW or 7KW. Expect to pay more for the 7KW option which reduces charge time significantly if the car has a fast on board charger. For example, a Nissan Leaf on a 3KW home charge unit will provide a full charge in around 12-13 hours from flat, whereas a 7KW unit will give a full charge in around six hours.
Whether its at home or work, the UK Government funded Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Electric Vehicle Workplace Scheme (EVWS) provides grants for charge points. Currently, the maximum amount available to customers is £350.
It is worth noting however, these grants will only be available for those that have the unit fully installed by an OLEV accredited installer. Other regulations that apply include the requirement for charge points to be smart, these types of chargepoint are able to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting, and reacting to a signal.
To be eligible to apply for the scheme, EV owners must provide evidence of keeper-ship or lease, be named as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle (bought new or second hand) and, have off-street parking facilities suitable for charge point installation.
The charge point must also be installed by an OLEV authorised installer. Choosing a supplier that is not on this list will most likely mean incurring the full cost of the unit and installation. Finally, the date of installation must not be more than four months ahead of the date of delivery of start date of vehicle.
The easiest way to find out if you qualify for a grant contribution is to click the link below and answer a few simple questions. ElectriciansOnCall are fully trained and qualified to supply and install many different chargepoints as well as being fully registered with OLEV under both grant schemes.
To check if you qualify for a Home Scheme or Work Place Grant. Click HERE
For further details regarding any aspect of Electric Vehicle charging, feel free to contact your local office for an initial chat. If required, we can arrange a visit to either your home or place of work to discuss your requirements and advise the most suitable type of charger for your vehicle. This initial visit is completely free of charge.