Electric Vehicle Charging
Charge point infrastructure is rapidly developing as electric vehicles become more and more popular. We're approved installers for several leading manufacturers and are accredited with OLEV (the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles) under the current Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme and the Workplace Chargepoint Scheme. We install electric vehicle charging points for both commercial and domestic customers across the South West.
What are the benefits of using a charge point instead of a regular 3-pin plug?
- Safer Charging -‘Mode 3’ charging allows your electric vehicle to communicate with the charge point, instructing it to turn off the power when your car is fully charged.
- Faster Charging – charge points will allow you to charge your vehicle significantly faster. For example, a Nissan Leaf will take up 12 hours to recharge its battery using a standard household socket. A Leaf with a standard 3.3kW on-board charger will take approximately 8 hours using a home charge point. A Leaf with the 6.6kW upgraded on-board charger will take just 4 hours to achieve a 100% charge.
What are the requirements for a grant-assisted charge point installation?
- An eligible electric vehicle which is privately owned or a company car.
- Off-street parking location for your charge point installation.
- EV charging stations must be within a reasonable distance (approx 10m) of the electricity distribution board.
- Adequate existing electrical capacity for the charge point installation.
The advance of the electric car continues, as consumers and businesses become more aware of the lower running costs and tax benefits EV’s offer in comparison to conventionally- fuelled vehicles.
The benefits of electric vehicles:
- Running costs
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has calculated that depending on when and how an electric vehicle is charged it will cost 2-4p per mile to run. This compares to 10-14p per mile for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle. Therefore, on average the fuel costs based on an annual mileage of 10,000 would be:
petrol/diesel – £1,200 (based on 12p per mile)
electric vehicle – £300 (based on 3p per mile)
- Maintenance costs
Electric vehicles require very little maintenance meaning a considerable cost saving, especially as cars get older. New research suggests that electric vehicles can cost 35% less than equivalent internal combustion-engine vehicles. Electric motors are incredibly simple, with few moving parts; internal combustion vehicles, however, have hundreds of parts. There is no need for changes to oil, filters or spark plugs. Electric cars are far less aggressive on their brakes, lasting up to 3 times longer than conventional cars
- Tax advantages
Electric vehicles are fuel and excise duty exempt and company car tax exempt. They also have an enhanced capital allowance (full cost of an electric car or van relief against taxable profits in the year of acquisition). Finally, they enjoy a lower VAT rate on the electricity used to recharge a plug-in vehicle at home, this attracts only a 5% level of VAT, much lower than road fuels (20% level of VAT)
We also offer comprehensive service maintenance contracts which are tailored to meet each clients’ specific needs.
If you would like to contact us for more advice, then call us on 0800 774 0102 or email us at email@example.com.