EV (electric vehicles) are rapidly growing in popularity as an environmentally safe and economically beneficial mode of transport for both commercial and personal use.
Currently, the UK has a large nationwide coverage of EV charging networks available for public use, wherein EV owners are able to access and use charging points at relatively low costs compared to conventional petrol or diesel fuel.
With the increasing usage of EV many businesses are opting to install charging ports in places of work, incentivising EV usage to their customers, and within their own company.
The UK government also offer grants via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support the EV charging infrastructure for both domestic and commercial use.
There are three main type of charging units for EV:
Rapid chargers come in either DC or AC [Direct or Alternating Current]. Most DC chargers provide up to 50 kW, whilst AC are rated at 43 kW of power. Both of these will charge most EVs to 80% of their capacity in around 30-60 minutes.
Fast chargers typically provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which can fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours. Most fast chargers are tethered to a socket via a connector cable which is usually supplied with the vehicle.
Slow units EVs charge on slow (3 kW) devices using a cable which connects to the vehicle to a 3-pin or type 2 socket. A full EV charge will typically take from 6 to 12 hours, meaning slow units are ideal for long periods of usage, such as overnight charges or extended periods during the day such as working hours.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support for businesses towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points.
For domestic use; The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding with up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK.
If you would like more information or are interested in installing EV charging ports at your home or place of business, call Atlantic Renewables on 0161 207 4044 for a quote in Manchester, Cheshire, Urmston, Altrincham, and surrounding areas. You can also fill in our online quotation form for a prompt, no-obligation EV port quote.