Electric vehicle (EV) charging enables drivers to charge or top up the battery of electric or hybrid vehicles at convenient intervals, while the vehicle is parked. EV chargepoints can be installed at homes with off-street parking, at places of work and at public charging sites. The higher voltage outlets are designed to significantly reduce charging times and are recommended by car manufacturers as the superior and safer alternative to mains socket charging.
EV chargepoints can be installed by an accredited electrical contractor. For residential and workplace installations, a weatherproof charging unit is mounted on an exterior wall close to the parking area and wired to the mains electricity supply. Public and commercial sites may wish to consider specially designed rapid charging stations, tailored to the requirements of the premises and their users.
Chargepoint Installation, Testing & Repair Services
At Lowe & Oliver our specialist electrical services include the installation, testing and repair of EV charging stations, supplied through our partnerships with leading manufacturers. As a qualified, NIC EAC accredited installer specialising in residential and commercial electrical installations, we can identify and recommend the most energy efficient means of delivering your EV charging infrastructure to accommodate your present and future needs.
Government Grants For Residential & Business Chargepoints
Residential and commercial property owners can apply for grants towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints, supplied via The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The government has guaranteed the availability of grants until 2020 under The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The grants can only be obtained using an OLEV-approved installer such as Lowe and Oliver.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme currently contributes up to £500 towards the cost of purchasing and installing one domestic recharging unit per plug in vehicle, up to a maximum of two chargepoints at a single residence. To qualify for the scheme the applicant must be the registered keeper of an eligible electric or plug in vehicle purchased after 1st April 2015 and must have off road parking at the property.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)
The Workplace Charging Scheme is available to any business, charity or public authority with dedicated off road parking facilities for fleet and staff use. The voucher based scheme provides 75% of the cost to purchase and install a new workplace charging station, capped at £500 per socket. Organisations can claim for up to 20 single socket stations or 10 double sockets chargepoints. The sockets can be installed across multiple sites.
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As the EV charging market continues to grow rapidly in line with demand for vehicle electrification, it is essential to select a qualified installer with the technical expertise and technology partnerships to ensure you gain the maximum efficiency and longevity from your EV charging facilities.
As an established authority on all aspects of electrical installation and maintenance, why not arrange an appointment to discuss the cost saving and environmental benefits of installing an EV charging station at your premises.
For further information, please send us a message using our online contact form, or call us at our Oxford office on 01865 322200, or at our Southampton office on 02380 614700.