As the UK strives for a net-zero economy, the move to electric vehicles will have a huge impact on reducing carbon emissions. With the ban on new petrol and diesel cars brought forward, it is expected that 8 million electric vehicles will be on the road by 2030. In order for these figures to be achieved there needs to be a huge improvement in the infrastructure of electric vehicle charging points.
Charging points can be installed in homes with a garage or driveway, at workplaces, on residential streets, in town centres, public car parks and at destinations, such as shopping centres or motorway service stations.
The majority of charging for your electric vehicle will be done at home, usually overnight. If you are charging your EV at home it is important to make sure you are on a suitable electricity tariff. Look out for ‘off-peak’ electricity tariffs such as ‘Economy 7’ that give you a cheaper rate of electricity overnight. Some energy suppliers have started to offer smart tariffs that will allow you to charge your vehicle at the cheapest possible time of day.
As more businesses add electric vehicles to their fleet it is important to improve the infrastructure of workplace charging points. Installing EV charging points in suitable locations for offices, retail outlets, industrial or leisure complexes can benefit employees, customer and the business.
The UK Government and Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has set up a grant scheme which entitles you to money off the installation of electric vehicle charging points. As an approved OZEV Installer we can recommend which approved charging points will best suit your needs.