What Is Electric Vehicle Charging?
An electric vehicle charging station, also called EV charging station or electric recharging point are an element in an infrastructure that supplies electric energy for the recharging of plug-in electric vehicles, including electric cars, neighbourhood electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
Why Install an EV Charger in your home?
Even though you’ll have to cover the installation costs yourself, the OLEV grant gives you 75% of the cost of the charger, up to a maximum of £500.
After the initial outlay on installation, your charging costs will be much cheaper. The cost of home charging will vary depending on the model of car that you have and your electricity tariff, but a full charge might cost as little as £3, meaning your car could cost as little as 2p per mile to run.
Depending on the size of the unit installed, a home electric charging point can charge your car from flat to full in anywhere between one and seven hours. This is certainly quicker than charging from the mains, which takes a minimum of six hours.
Unlike being reliant on public charging points, installing a home charging point gives you total control over when you charge your car. Public charging points can be hard to come by in some areas of the UK, and if you’re not first in line, you could easily find yourself hanging around waiting for the person in front to finish charging.
At Hero Renewables we want all homeowners to have the option of having an EV charger at their disposal. This is because, having a charger at home allows you to just plug it and carry on with whatever you want to do.
OLEV Grant Scheme
What Is It?
As an additional incentive for UK drivers to reduce their emissions, the government grant for Homecharge units has been provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The OLEV Grant, also known as Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides £350 off the cost of purchasing & installing a home charging point and can be claimed on the majority of plug-in vehicles on today’s market. Additionally, homeowners and business can claim one charging per eligible vehicle and up to two charging points per household.
Are You Eligible?
To qualify for the OLEV Grant, you must have off-street parking, such as a driveway, garage or a company car park and you must use an OLEV-approved home charging point installer such as ourselves.
How Does It Work?
The Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK.
Installers must apply for OLEV authorisation using the online portal through the government website, in order to be eligible for the Workplace Charging Scheme and the Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Benefits
Employee desirability and retention
Buildings or companies that offer charging may be able to attract and retain employees who want to charge EVs during the day. In addition, it can be very important to many employees, even those who do not drive EVs, that their building or employer is practical with transportation planning.
There is hundreds of thousands of electric car owners in the UK, and as more and more people opt to go electric, an electric car charging point can be an attractive addition for would-be buyers.
Highly-Efficient Battery Life
An electric car battery is no different to other batteries, meaning that charging it over and over will eventually affect how well it can hold its charge, and its efficiency will be reduced. Therefore, charging it to near full when possible rather than just for an hour or two, might be better for it in the long run for your vehicle.