Car & EV Charging Stations
An Introduction to Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging
Whether you’ve bought your electric car or are just considering it at the moment, it’s important to get an understanding of electric vehicle charging points and methods. Here at The Greener Group, we can install an EV charging point suitable for your needs.
Types of Charge Points
Although you can charge your car through a normal household socket, you will find that this will take a long time and you don’t get any sort of funding towards installation of more accessible sockets. There are three main types of electric vehicle charging points that can be installed into domestic properties, dependent on use and funding;
Tethered lead – This socket comes with a charging lead which cannot be removed from the wall socket and must have the correct type of connector to suit your chosen electric vehicle – this is something that can be confirmed on purchase of your car and then later confirmed with your installer.
Electric vehicle charging socket – Instead of having a lead fixed to the wall, this has a socket in which you plug a lead in from your car. This is usually a standard seven pin EV charging socket, but again you should confirm that this is suitable for the car you purchase. You will need to purchase this lead separately and ensure that it has the correct connector for your vehicle.
Domestic charging lead – This is a 13amp charging lead which is often supplied with your new car (although not always) and can be plugged into a standard household 13amp socket (i.e. in your garage), or a new socket can be specially fitted for easier access. This is the slowest speed of charge and does not fall under any OLEV grant funding.
Charging at an external network – Although it is more accessible to have an EV charge point at home, there are various companies and local authorities that will offer charge points to use on a pay-as-you-go or network basis.
There are a number of options when out and about to charge your car including ports at shopping centres, supermarkets, hotels and town centres.
Charge times for electric vehicles – EV charging times can vary according to factors such as the battery capacity, the charge point and the vehicle. As a standard example, a nominal vehicle battery capacity of 22kWh will charge in the below estimated times*:
- Charge Point Type Charging Time (Hours)
- Basic 9.5
- Standard 6.0
- Fast 3.0
- Very Fast 1.0
- Rapid 0.5
Please note that the ability to charge at ‘fast’, ‘very fast’ and ‘rapid’ is dependent on the vehicle purchased and not all vehicles can charge at this speed. For accurate timings for specific models, please contact the vehicle manufacturer. A ‘rapid’ charge unit will charge an electric vehicle to 80% within 20-30 minutes, but the last 20% will charge at a mush slow rate to protect the life expectancy of the battery.
Funding and grants available
To help you along with your EV plans, there are some grants in place to help towards the costs of installation. You can claim 75% off the total cost of your EV charge point installation, which is capped at a maximum of £500 including VAT.
Not only that, but you don’t have to pay the full amount and then claim it back- the process of the grant is built into your installation and will be claim for on behalf of us at The Greener Group.
To be eligible for the EV home charge grant, you must fit one of the following categories:
• Be the registered keeper of a new or second hand eligible electrical vehicle from 1 September onwards
• Have been assigned an eligible company vehicle for at least 6 months, from 1 September 2014 onwards
• Have leased an eligible electric vehicle for at least 6 months from 1 September 2014 onwards
• Be the user of an eligible commercial fleet electric vehicle and be names as the primary user for at least 6 months, from 1 September 2014 onwards
You must also meet all of the following criteria:
• You need to have off street parking facilities suitable for charge point installation
• The date of installation must not be more than 4 months before the date your electric vehicle is delivered, or the date from when you will begin to use your vehicle for the first time
You will not be eligible for the grant if:
• You sometimes use a company electric vehicle, but are not named as the primary user
• If you borrow an electric vehicle from friends and family
Your vehicle also has to meet some criteria for you to be eligible for the grant. You will not be eligible if:
• You came into possession of your electric vehicle before 1 September 2014, or
• If it does not meet the required CO² emissions (nearly all electric vehicles do meet this criteria, with a couple of exceptions amongst high performance vehicles)