Electric Car Charging

Growing Demand for Electric Car Charging Points

Full electric and plug-in hybrid cars are growing in popularity and now come in all shapes and sizes, from two-seater city cars to 4×4 off-roaders. Electric vehicle (EV) technology has developed greatly since the milk float, and as performance and range increases, purchasing an electric vehicle is becoming a very real option for many people.

One of the main benefits of electric vehicles is their environmental credentials. Unlike petrol or diesel cars, electric cars don’t emit any of the gases that contribute to global warming, making them a great choice for anyone who cares about their carbon footprint. As one of 13 members of the Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance, the UK has pledged to make all passenger vehicles sold “zero-emissions” by 2030.

While electric cars are currently more expensive than traditional vehicles, the cost of running them is considerably lower. Depending on tariff, you could pay as little as 96p to fully charge a pure electric car for a 100-mile range. Electric cars are also exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge, and are entitled to free parking in numerous Pay & Display areas.

Finally, maintenance costs are generally a lot lower with electric vehicles. This is because an electric motor has less than 20 moving parts, whereas a traditional engine has hundreds, many of which require expensive maintenance over their lifetime.

As demand for environmentally friendly options increases and technology develops, we will undoubtedly see a rise in the number of alternatively fuelled vehicles on our roads. Indeed, it is predicted that EVs will outsell fossil-fuel powered vehicles within two decades as battery prices plunge. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 2020 was the best year so far for new registrations of electric cars with batteries and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with their market share up to 10.7%. Battery and plug-in hybrid electric cars accounted for more than 1 in 10 registrations.

Supporting Electric Car Charging Stations 

As of February 2021, there are almost 14,000 vehicle charging locations across the UK, offering close to 22,000 charging devices and nearly 38,200 charging connectors. This number continues to rise at a rapid rate, and is being driven by government schemes aimed at boosting electric vehicle usage.

The latest Energy White paper ‘Powering our Net Zero Future’ reaffirms the government commitment to the Electric Vehicle revolution with over £1bn to be spent on accelerating the roll-out. Through the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) formerly known as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), it is also offering grants to support the wider use of electric vehicles.

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provides up to 75% of the installation cost (up to a total of £350) for charging points at domestic properties, while the Workplace Charging Scheme offers up to £350 per socket (up to a maximum of 40 sockets) for commercial properties. This provides a great incentive for homeowners and businesses to make the move to electric vehicles and enjoy the benefits that they provide.

Commercial Electrician Services

Specialists in Charging Point Installation 

As an OZEV-approved installer, Mr. Electric can apply for government grants on behalf of commercial and domestic customers to reduce the costs of installing charging points at homes, workplaces and destinations. Mr. Electric achieved accreditation after undertaking OZEV’s robust training and testing process.

Working with major manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations – we deliver a full turnkey service to business and homeowners, including free site survey, design, supply, installation, registration, monitoring, billing, smart control, maintenance and future expansion.

Call Mr. Electric on 0800 7311 606 today to arrange a free visit from one of our electric car charging experts who will be able to advise on the installation of charging points at your commercial or domestic property.  

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