Europe speeds up move towards electric driving

The movement towards electric driving is gathering pace across Europe as sales of electric vehicles surpasses the one million mark.

A report published recently in the Guardian suggested that ‘between January and June around 195,000 plug-in cars were sold across the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.’

Sales rocketed in the first half of the year by more than 40% reflecting a strong surge in the appetite for electric. Whilst the UK remains fairly modest in terms of sales, Norway is racing ahead with 37% of new car sales being electric. A lack of options in terms of available ranges has been cited as a kay factor in the UK’s reluctance to go fully electric.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy explained: “Whilst hitting the one million mark is incredibly important in terms of milestones for the electric movement there are still several factors that are deterring drivers from making the switch. At the moment, there are only a handful of models available that include the entry level Nissan Life and BMW i3 for example – after this the leap is quite significant moving into Tesla territory with little in between. The launch of the Tesla 3 will help make this shift more attractive as will the launch of new models across ranges from all major manufactures in 2019 such as Audi, Mercedes and VW. ”

The report also highlighted a dip in UK sales of electric cars by 6% with an increase in hybrid by 50%. Rob added: “UK drivers are still sceptical of 100% electric vehicles – a combination of battery capability, vehicle performance and the wider charging infrastructure being the main concerns.

“Moving forward, electric vehicles will be becoming increasingly attractive with significantly greater miles per charge, lower Benefit in Kind tax with more infrastructure in place to charge. We are seeing upturn in demand from public and private operators for charging needs and are making moves into the domestic market. There are new government incentives and subsidies for work, leisure and home coupled with more choices of the type of charger that can be installed. Raising awareness of what is and what will be available is now really important and the industry must come together to communicate this to the UK driving population.”

FRANKLIN MD NAMED IN SHORTLIST
FOR NATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

Franklin Managing Director, Robert Byrne, has made the shortlist in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards under the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category.

The awards acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and in past years have celebrated outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become major household names.

Awards nominee and founder of Franklin Energy, Robert has driven the fledging firm to become one of the leaders in the rapidly growing market of electric vehicles and is delighted to be recognised as part of these prestigious awards.

Robert has made the shortlist in the Northern region and the winners will be revealed at a glittering event to be held Manchester on the 15th November. He commented: “It’s great to see Franklin Energy recognised as part of these prestigious national awards. The shortlist is made up of many exciting businesses and individuals who I’m looking forward to meeting and celebrating with on the night.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

ROAD TO ZERO

The government has recently announced it commitment to investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020 through the ambitious Road to Zero Strategy.

Franklin Energy, one of the UK’s fastest growing electric vehicle charging technology companies, has welcomed the measures outlined under the initiative including a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes whilst all new lampposts are to include charging points.

Robert Byrne of Franklin Energy explained:

“We see the Road to Zero strategy as a major push from central government in ‘future proofing’ new housing across the UK. We have existing relationships with housing developers, vehicle manufacturers and smart home charging point providers and are keen to explore opportunities under these new measures.
We are also looking to add a lamppost charging point to our product portfolio in the near future enabling residential on and off street charging to be provided and meet the demands of future EV drivers.”

Additional subsides for electric vehicle users are welcomed with a £500 grant for electric vehicle owners to install a charge point in the workplace.

Rob added: “The introduction of an install grant is great news for the industry and makes the switch to electric vehicles even more economical for businesses looking to install workplace charging points to power staff vehicles. Every pure electric vehicle comes with a government subsidy of £5k – £7.5k depending on whether it’s a car or van, the funding helps reduce up-front costs for drivers and has been a huge incentive for early adopters of EVs.”

He concluded: “These measures are incredibly important to help government meet stringent targets around carbon emissions and increase number of EVs on the road. Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure is the biggest piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is currently missing and Franklin Energy was launched to support and facilitate the transition by deploying a national network of charging infrastructure.”

EV SAVINGS EXPLAINED – WHEN WILL YOU MAKE THE SWITCH?

Whilst we are learning and hearing more and more about electric vehicles with pressing government targets and manufacturers scrambling to develop new models to keep in line with competition, relatively little is known from a driver perspective, particularly in terms of the issues surrounding charging and costs. Rob Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy explains and unearths the true cost of EV driving:

“In the past , there have been a lot of unknowns and perhaps negative connotations surrounding EV driving particularly in relation to cost and alimited battery life with few charging points. These issues are all now almost a thing of the past.

“Firstly the cost of an electric vehicle is considerably lower than ever before and whilst not on a par in terms of like for like, is comparatively in sync when considering the savings made through the use of electric and support available through various government schemes. Next year, Tesla , the pioneer of the electric vehicle brings out its mark 3 model. At £35,000 and with a range of 250 miles through a single charge, this makes the brand an affordable option for the mid-range driver. At the lower end of the market the new 2018 Nissan Leaf can be purchased for £21,000 whilst having a real-life range of 160+ miles, making Electric Vehicles affordable for all motorists.

“The government is driving forward the EV concept as part of a wider green agenda and there are several funding and grant opportunities available to anyone including…”

CHARGING GRANTS

UK residents (with the exception of those living in Scotland) can receive up to 75% off the cost of a home charging point to a maximum of £500 from OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). In Scotland you can receive that as well as up to £300 from Energy Saving Trust Scotland.
https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/grants-loans/domestic-charge-point-funding

PLUG-IN CAR GRANTS

  • Vehicles that can travel up to 70 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 35% up to a maximum of £4500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Vehicles that can travel up to 10 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 35% up to a maximum of £2500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Motorcycles that can travel up to 31 miles and mopeds up to 19 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 20% up to a maximum of £1500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Vans that can travel up to 10 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 20% up to a maximum of £8000 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.

https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 

TAXABLE BENEFITS

Rob continued: “There are also benefits for businesses who are able to deduct the full costs from your profits before tax https://www.gov.uk/capital-allowances/first-year-allowances

LOWER RUNNING COSTS

“Considering an eclectic vehicle from a personal or business perspective, the savings in terms of petrol or diesel compared to electric are pretty staggering. Whilst the cost per mile of petrol or diesel can range from 9p to 21p, the average cost of electricity in the UK is around 13p kWh which works out at around 3p per mile. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advisory-fuel-rates/how-advisory-fuel-rates-are-calculated

EXTRA PERKS

“Currently exemption from the congestion charge in London is currently open for any vehicle which has less than 75g/km of C02 which accounts for almost all electric and hybrid vehicles. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge/discounts-and-exemptions#on-this-page-1.

Free parking and use of bus lanes for electric cars is also available from some councils.
https://www.confused.com/on-the-road/cost-of-motoring/extra-perks-for-electric-car-drivers

Rob concluded: “It’s important that anyone considering an electric vehicle does their homework, understands the concept, the benefits and vehicles available. We know that electric is the future and that one day that will be the energy that drives all our vehicles – the question that really remains is ‘when you will get on board?”

To calculate your switch to EV visit franklinenergy.co.uk/ev-savings-calculator/

TAKE A BREAK AND CHARGE

Leading electric vehicle charging technology company, Franklin Energy, has installed two EV charging points at the Holiday Inn Express at TraffordCity.

The hotel is one of the first in the UK to offer guests the opportunity to charge their car whilst they use the facilities or stay at the venue overnight. The 22kW fast AC charging points have been installed at a prime location at the front of the Hotel`s car park offering easy access to guests.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “The Holiday Inn Express Operator has embraced the electric vehicle concept recognising that ultimately all of their car driving guests will be using EV vehicles in the not to distant future.

“They are currently piloting the first EV install at one of their flagship hotels at TraffordCity and are considering rolling this out on a national scale. Not only will the installation of an EV charge attract more EV car drivers but sends out a clear message to new and existing customers that the company is helping to drive forward the EV movement.”

Peter de la Perrelle, Managing Director, Tower Hotel Management, Peel`s Hotel Division added: “We are delighted to offer this service which recognises the changing needs of our guests and demonstrates our commitment to the ‘green agenda’. We were extremely pleased to partner with Franklyn Energy who delivered and installed the necessary equipment in a matter of days. It is definitely the way forward.”

Choose LiFe

LiFe Charging NetworkWith more and more people making the switch to electric vehicles, it’s vital that owners have access to the necessary infrastructure and information in order to make this mode of transport work for them. Whilst companies such as Franklin are installing more chargers in both commercial and domestic locations, owners must perform a fairly significant step change in the way they approach their vehicle and daily journey if they are to enjoy the many benefits EV offer.

As a leading UK installer of EV charging solutions, the development of our products has been managed in conjunction with the development of equally important software. Franklin Energy’s ‘LiFe’ management information system allows us to monitor all aspects of the network ensuring a 99% uptime as well as real time status of all charge points, in turn allowing us to diagnose and fix issues as soon as they are flagged within our system.
This powerful software is at the epicentre of the operation and is crucial for maintaining a high up-time across the network. Charging is set by kWh at a fixed cost of £0.30 kWh with a minimum payment of £2. For example a 20kWh charge would cost £6. There are no subscription fees, you only Pay for the electricity you use and payment can be made by direct debit through your bank account.

Get LiFe here: 

LiFe allows you to manage charging points by recording and organizing all data in a centralized database. This allows us to control, monitor, and support all the connected charging points. LiFe offers wide-ranging reporting capabilities for the analysis of the charging behaviour and the use of charging points including: Energy consumption, Time-use reporting, Geo location frequency of use and Data Analytics. All this information is captured and displayed within our system and can be used to produce effective usage and status reporting for our customers.

Modern charging points offer numerous functions for remote control. LiFe supports a variety of functions, including firmware updates; configuration changes, and start/stop charging operations. Additionally, we are able to configure individual pricing tariffs for each individual point whether it be for commercial or domestic use. This functionality mitigates the need for on-site service and configuration as this can be controlled remotely via the software.

We are continually developing our software to ensure we deliver optimum uptime whilst introducing new benefits that will enhance customer experience. Through our new app you are now able to make on the spot payment via Stripe allowing you to generate revenue from EV charging as well as locating and navigating you to the nearest available charging point.

The time to make the move to EV is now. We all recognise this is the path that the entire modern transport industry is on and is a matter of when not if you will join it. By working with us and accessing our LiFe network, you are already one step ahead with the most sophisticated, simple and beneficial support system available on the UK market today.

HOME CHARGING POINT INSTALLATION ‘THE EASY WAY’

Secure one of the leading Electric Vehicle Charging points in your home. Franklin Energy offer the next generation of discreet, low maintenance charging points. Your charging point comes with the opportunity to charge back to the grid and save you money through SMART charging.

Our engineers are on hand to install and maintain your charging point. Review our easy and intuitive process to purchase and install your point, whilst taking advantage of installation grants of up to £500 (£1000 in Scotland). We provide a professional, quick and safe service managed by qualified engineers, supported 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

1. ENQUIRE

The first step is to get in touch with our customer services team on 0345 123 0500 to discuss all your options and requirements. We’re here to help you talk through all you need to know.

2. CRITERIA CHECK

Once you’re happy that you know what you need, Franklin will conduct a feasibility check of your vehicle type, proposed installation area and seek the relevant landowners permissions.

3. WE SURVEY YOUR SITE

You will be requested by our installation partners to submit photos by email or text of your proposed charging point installation.

4. QUOTATION

Lets us know how many charging points you require and we will help you secure your OLEV grant. OLEV offer £500 per home charging point and in Scotland that rises to £1000 per point.

5. APPROVAL AND BOOK

Once approved, the date of installation can be booked in with our engineers.

6. START CHARGING

Our engineers will typically take a few hours to get you installation ready and after a friendly chat, nice cup of tea and safety instruction you’ll be all ready to start charging your EV.

7. SUPPORT

Once installed we are always on hand to help you with an issues and queries about maintenance. The Franklin team are here 24hrs a day 365 days of the year to support you. Just call +44 (0) 345 123 0500

8. FUTURE BENEFITS

Your charging point will be part of the new generation of points. As the technology comes online we’ll start talking to you about SMART charging and how you can gain the benefits of charging back to the national grid and a new, greener and economic energy system using the LiFe Charging Network.

REASONS TO GO DOWN ‘ELECTRIC AVENUE’…

Did Eddie Grant, have a vision for the future in the 80s? Franklin Energy have and its all electric and designed to benefit you and future generations. We have produced an info-graphic to help showcase our range of complementary services. These combine into one connected eco-system of services that you can use in your home life and workplace, for life. Pushing the boundaries and creating a brighter future together is a cornerstone of Franklin Energy and we are always looking for feedback, so please do get in touch about any of these services or how you can benefit the planet and your pocket.

WORKPLACE CHARGING POINTS
More than just a workplace charge point. Franklin energy solutions include cost saving solutions through tapping into OLEV grants’.

FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
Take advantage of OLEV grant funding and our rapid charging points for near instant charge to keep your EV fleet on the road.

FRANKLIN’S CAR CLUB
Offer your employees low cost EV’s through our electric car club. Reap significant benefits including >80% reduction in fuel savings and lower your carbon footprint. Staff can share vehicles, allowing for further reductions in vehicle expenses.

FUTURE CITIES RESEARCH

We are continually investing in new technologies and utilising the internet of things to be at the forefront of 4.0 Industry Revolution through smart charging and vehicle 2 grid.

REVENUE EARNING

Tap into new revenue streams through installing commercial charging points on your site. Generating revenues from customers paying to charge with attractive paybacks together with increasing dwell time and retaining new customers.

HOME CHARGING SOLUTIONS
Low cost grant funded Charging for your home charging needs. Our qualified engineers install discreet charging units that are maintained 365/24/7 and with freephone support.

LiFe CHARGING THROUGH THE CLOUD
Franklin’s LiFe car charging network is available for when you ‘are on the go’ benefit from discounted charge rates from franklin charge points across the country.

SMART CHARGING
Manage your charge through your smart phone app allowing you to benefit from using off peak electricity and charge your car using self generating renewable energy from your home.

HOW TO SECURE YOUR WORKPLACE CHARGING POINTS

Workplace charging installation is an easy and intuitive process which Franklin Energy have created to provide you the best equipment, installed in a professional, quick and safely by qualified engineers. We are trusted suppliers for a range of government frameworks for the workplace, including private offices, business parks, leisure centres, housing and hotels. We can even offer home installation points for all your employees!

Let us help you access workplace grants towards your installation costs. With Franklin Energy we work with in partnership with businesses and ensure we undertake the installation and maintenance of your charge point. We have a range of workplace charging solutions to suit every budget and every charge time from Rapid Super Fast charges of around 30 mins to fast charge points, typically charging within 4-6 hours.

1. ENQUIRE

Lets talk! Get in touch and our qualified engineers and 24/7 customer services team will help discuss all your options and requirements.

2. CRITERIA CHECK

Franklin will conduct a feasibility check of your vehicle type, proposed installation area and relevant landowners permissions.

3. WE SURVEY YOUR SITE

We need to check the suitability of your proposed charging points. You will be requested by our installation partners to submit photos of your proposed charging point installation.

4. QUOTATION

Make a note of how many points you require and we will help you secure your OLEV grant. OLEV offer up to £6000 of grants for your work place charge points and up to £500 per home charging point (and up to £1000 in Scotland).

5. APPROVAL AND BOOK

Once the installation site has been approved by our engineers, the installation will be booked in with our engineers and an installation date agreed.

6. START CHARGING

It typically takes a couple of weeks for a workplace installation. Once that’s all done, you can start charging your EV’s!

7. SUPPORT

Franklin team are here 24hrs a day 365 days of the year to support you.

8. FUTURE BENEFITS

Start charging and gaining the benefits of a new, greener and economic energy system using the LiFe Charging Network and gain future benefits.

FRANKLIN ENERGY HEARTENED BY UK GOVERNMENT BUDGET 2017

The recent 2017 budget by the Chancellor was heartening news for Franklin Energy and our customers. Home owners will continue to benefit from heavily discounted home charging point installation with the announcement of an additional investment of £100 million, the Plug in Car Grant which will continue until at least 2020. Franklin have helped many of its customers achieve a very low cost installation for our discreet, state-of-the-art home charging units.

£400 million will be invested in EV charging infrastructure, which will help Franklin Energy accelerate its investment in workplace charging stations and super-fast ‘instant’ charge points for service stations, Fleet management and taxi firms. With one eye on 2021 when driverless cars and automation hit the streets of Great Britain, Franklin Energy will be in prime position to start helping our customers make more from their work and home car charging through our SMART charging facilities. We are continuing to invest and play a big part of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution. We are part currently undertaking Research and Development (R&D) programmes with our partners as part of the Future Cities initiatives. We are also utilising our technology and the Internet of Things to help provide a greener more sustainable provision for customers and the national grid. The announcement of an additional £40m R&D funding for these programmes is welcome news for Franklin Energy.

It was also good news for our our workplace charging customers as employees will now see a freeze on any cuts to their Benefit-in-Kind (BIK). With it being confirmed that EV drivers charging their car at the workplace will not be hit by any BIK charge on the electricity used*. This is also the case for customers that take advantage of our car pool service renting from one of our Renault Zoe’s Electric Car Fleet.

After a very strong year from the sale of Electric cars and the 2040 ban on diesel on the sale of diesel cars the future for EV owners, both at home and workplace, is bright. The government has clearly set out front and centre that the drive towards automonous cars, electric vehicle ownership and will be a priority for the government for the next 20 years.

If you would like to understand further how home or workplace OLEV grants can effect you please contact us or take advantage now and sign up to low cost rates through the Franklin LiFe network.

How do you charge an electric car?

How do you charge an electric car?

With fuel cost rises showing no signs of slowing down, sales of electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in the UK – they were up 29% in 2016 – and are forecast to reach 1 million by the end of 2020.

Whereas in the past drivers were concerned about the ease of charging vehicles outside their homes, charging points have become far more widespread (with more than 11,000 publicly-accessible across the country now). Electric vehicles also now do an average of 100 miles on a full battery – and UK drivers drive just 25 miles each day on average, so are well within range of charging points.

If you’re thinking of buying an EV, essentially, you’ve got three options:
• electric car charging at home
• on-street car charging
• workplace and commercial EV charging

The vast majority of EV drivers – 90% of them – still charge their cars at home overnight, according to Go Ultra Low – a government/industry campaign designed to encourage motorists into zero-emissions vehicles. A standard domestic 13amp plug is all you need – you’ll need an outside plug that’s close to where you park your car – NEVER use an extension lead. And make sure that your wiring is up to the task: EVs do take a high electrical draw, so we’d always recommend getting a qualified electrician to check – you might need a separate circuit for the charger, to avoid overloading your domestic power supply.

With a standard connection (up to 3kW), for an EV with a range of 100 miles, you’re looking at around six to eight hours; install a home charging unit (it’s likely to cost in the region of £800-£1,000), and you’ll be able to charge your EV around two and a half times faster.

However, 40% of use don’t have off-street parking at home, so January 2017 saw the introduction of a £2.5 million On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, designed specifically for areas lacking off-street parking. It’s been created so that electric vehicle owners can apply (to their local council) to have a plug-in point installed on their street, addressing long-standing concerns about the public infrastructure for EVs.

If residential access hasn’t reach you yet, the best option is to top up at work, on-street, or in a public car park. Franklin has a programme in place with Q Park, to provide charging points in their car parks nationwide; we also work with the public sector – like the City of Salford, and Transport for London – to provide on-street charging points. On-street charging bays are marked by a dashed line, with ‘ELECTRIC’ clearly written on the street side of the bay – ZapMap will help you find your closest one.

The government’s Workplace Charging Scheme also provides quick charge stations that are compatible with a variety of EVs. The wall-mounted type two 7kW charger is the most common installation for businesses, which fully charges a vehicle in three to four hours. Rapid AC and DC connections are also available, but largely found in commercial organisations – these will get your battery charged about 80% in just half an hour.

Wherever works best for you, the good news for EV drivers is that consumer demand is forcing rapid change, and local authorities, commercial organisations and employers are taking note.

Where you can charge a car currently in the UK?

Where you can charge a car currently in the UK?

While sales of EVs continue to grow – one car was registered every 13 minutes in the first quarter of 2016 – the majority of electric vehicle drivers continue to charge their cars at home. But off-street parking in the UK is available to only 60% of households, prompting government to step in and focus on infrastructure, that – without being addressed – could threaten the future viability of EVs.

Access to charging points is the main concern holding back drivers from switching to electric vehicles, and – as sales rise – consumers will come to expect EV infrastructure as standard in car parks, with an estimated 75% of car parks hosting charging points for EVs by 2025.

January’s £2.5 million On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme is targeted at areas – especially urban environments – without access to private charging points. Andrew Benfield, Group Director for Transport at the Energy Saving Trust says: ‘Not everyone can install a charger at home because they don’t have a garage, or perhaps live in a flat. This infrastructure is vital to help people make better choices about the car they drive and to do so without any difficulty.’

The scheme subsidises three-quarters of the capital costs of installing charge points in an area, ensuring that charging points keeps up with demand for vehicles. Electric cars will be cheaper to own than conventional cars by 2022, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which pinpoints the falling cost of the car’s batteries as the tipping point in bringing EVs to the mass market.

Analysing trends covering both the growth in EVs and decline in traditional petrol stations, Nissan has claimed that EV charging bays will outnumber petrol stations by summer 2020.

If you’re out and about, you’ll find charging points in almost 11,000 publicly-accessible locations, according to Go Ultra Low, and that number is only set to grow. ZapMap can help you find your closest one, either via the website, or by downloading the ZapMap App. It’s recognised as the most comprehensive and accurate charging map, but there’s also the facility to add a charge point if you’re aware of one that’s not listed, growing the network for other users.

As costs are driven down, the network is growing exponentially and the balance is due to tip within the next five years. Are you ready?

OLEV grants and benefits

Franklin Energy – OLEV approved installers.

Franklin Energy are proud to have been selected for the OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) framework. As OLEV approved installers, we are able to advise on your home installation of electric charging points and assist you to gain the grants available in Scotland via the Energy Saving Trust (EST) which is responsible for providing grants for your home.

Home installation grants currently offers applicants £500 towards this cost. EST will provide up to £300 further funding on top of this. For the cost covered by OLEV you will not need to make any payment to your supplier, as they will receive this money from OLEV directly. For the costs above what OLEV cover, you will have to pay your supplier and the Energy Saving Trust will then provide you with your (up to £300) reimbursement. Any remaining costs above the £500 provided by OLEV and the £300 provided by Energy Saving Trust you would need to pay for yourself.

Find us on the Energy Saving Trust’s website: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/grants-loans/domestic-charge-point-funding

OLEV grants and benefits

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV, for short), is a UK government team, which is part of the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This cross government, industry endorsed team takes charge of policy and funding for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK, as a way of making the uptake of electric vehicles much more popular.

Currently, new electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase than second hand petrol or diesel vehicles, but the government has several schemes in place to make investing in an ultra-low emission vehicle much more attractive to consumers, such as a range of plug in and electric vehicle grants, and grants towards the cost of installing a home or workplace charging point.

The core policy of OLEV is to support the early market of electric and low emission vehicles, throughout the UK. Most plug in electric vehicle owners find that they carry out the largest proportion of their electric car charging from home, therefore having a home charging station installed at their home would prove beneficial.

There is also demand for electric car charging points to be installed at places of work. The OLEV car charging grants come in two varieties, home charging and workplace charging, in a bid to provide a much greater and more affordable network of charging stations across the country.

Available to registered keepers and lessees of electric vehicles, the OLEV grant for home charging points fund up to £500 towards the installation of an electric vehicle charging point, at domestic properties throughout the UK.

If your new or second hand electric vehicle was purchased on or after 1 April 2015, you could be eligible for OLEV’s electric vehicle home charging scheme; if you have an eligible plug-in car or van (a full list of which can be found online at the OLEV website), and your house has off-street parking capabilities.

The next steps are simple. To install an electric vehicle charging point at home, you need to contact an OLEV authorised and approved installation specialist, who will talk you through the type of charger that you are eligible for, depending on the type of vehicle you own and the desired location of the charge point. If you’re looking to install two electric vehicle charge points at your home, you must make it explicit when you’re applying for the grant. Two charge points will only be available to households with two eligible plug in electric vehicles.

The installation and OLEV grant process

Once installed, the grant will only be paid in arrears and your installer will claim the OLEV grant on your behalf.

The OLEV workplace charging scheme is similar to the electric vehicle home charging scheme, in that vehicle requirements remain the same; all vehicles are to have been purchased on or after 1 April 2015 in a bid to encourage further uptake of electric vehicles.
The electric vehicle workplace charging scheme is a voucher based scheme providing upfront support for the purchase and installation of electric car charging points. All eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations are welcome to apply.

Limited to £300 per socket, for up to a maximum of 20 sockets – applicants to the scheme need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and if successful will receive a voucher code. The voucher will be valid for 120 days from the date of issue and is usually available five days following a successful application.

Any parking schemes that are part of a domestic property or are for customer use only will not be eligible to apply for the workplace charging scheme.

Make sure to check the government’s OLEV website prior to applying for one of its electric vehicle charging station grants, to ensure that your vehicle is eligible.

Geographical locations of charging points in UK network

Geographical locations of charging points in UK network.

So you’ve managed to load everything- your suitcase, your laptop, even your hiking boots- into your Nissan Leaf. But then you find yourself frantically googling ‘where can I charge my electric car?’ and become slightly overwhelmed by the intricate web of public charging stations.
With new EV stations popping up every day, the landscape of the UK is constantly adapting to the electric vehicle revolution. Currently, there are over four thousand charging stations nationally and just under 12000 connectors. Networks differ widely in the coverage, costs, and the services they provide, often offering a range of Rapid, Fast, and Slow public charging stations. So, to help your busy lifestyle run a little smoother, we are giving you an overview of the nation’s EV network. We’ll guide you through region by region, to ensure you make the safe arrival home.

Unsurprisingly London has the highest proportion of EV chargers, making up 18.7% of the UK stations. Source London covers 16 boroughs of the capital, with stations from Shepard’s Bush to Camden to Whitechapel. It was started by Transport for London, in an attempt to make the city a greener space. For £4 per month, Source London subscribers can reserve their charge points, which are compatible with most cars, vans, and scooters, using an app. To -date, there are over 850 charge points, with plans to build 4500 more by 2018.

The South West makes up 9.7% of Britain’s public charging stations. Source West is funded by Bristol City Council and delivered by Charge Your Car, who provide a regional network of charging units. They cover the majority of region, including Bristol, Bath, and North East Somerset. When you purchase your RiFD card, you pay an annual cost of £20. If preferred, they also have an app available for download. There are fees for any Rapid charging.

For those of you living in the East of England, Source East have over 800 public charging devices, and grant members access to Ecotricity services too. Annual RIFD cards can be registered and purchased online. As the South East has over 1000 locations, some of them are also brought to you by the Energise Network; a public sector organisation aiming to make public charging station more cohesive. They are currently growing their network of rapid chargers by installing across Surrey, Kent, and Sussex.
For all you Midlanders, Plugged in Midlands would be your main source of power. They recently expanded as part of the POLAR network, so members are granted access to over 4000 charge points across the UK; they can now get you much further than Birmingham. You can register online for a free 6 month trial.

Although the North West makes up just under 9% of the nation’s Electric Vehicle chargers, it is a network that is rapidly expanding. Greater Manchester’s EV scheme (GMEV), supported by Transport for Greater Manchester, now has around 200 fast charging stations across Rochdale, Stockport, and even Wigan. Throughout the Liverpool City Region, Mersey travel’s Recharge scheme operates EV charging units for £20 each year. The LiFE network is provided by Franklin Energy. Franklin Energy harness solar and wind energy to power electric vehicles, in car parks, motorways, and cities across the North of England. By 2018, we hope to be in every major city in the UK. You can sign up for free and pay as you go, with charging costs fixed at 30p per kWh. You can register for an RFID card online or download the app to pre-book.

For more information on our LiFe network, please see here.

Those of you who live in or are visiting Northern Ireland, the e-Car network covers most of that region. They have around 334 Rapid and Fast chargers in locations such as Coleraine, Donegal, and County Down. You can register for a free RFID e-car card online.

If you are venturing much further north, you’ll be pleased to know that Scotland have a significant number of public charging stations and make up over 18% of the UK’s EV charging stations. ChargePlace Scotland is a scheme funded through grants from the local authorities and was developed by the Scottish government as part of their scheme to build a greener future. Recipients of the funding are known as ‘hosts’ and are responsible for the general maintenance of their publically available charge point. There are hundreds of hosts across the country, from Dumries to John o’ Groats and beyond.

You can use the EV trip planner to track your route and energy here. Wherever you’re going, we wish you a green and efficient journey!

Home Charge Points with Franklin Energy

With the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) on the rise, conscious consumers are always on the lookout for ways to justify investing in an ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV), in order to get the most out of their money. In 2016, the UK government committed to a nationwide charging infrastructure strategy for ULEVs. However, many EV drivers are investing in home charging points in order to quell range anxiety once and for all.

Installing a home charging point is a great way for motorists to quickly, safely and efficiently charge their vehicle to a full charge, via their household power source.

Of course there are limitations as to who is eligible for a home charging point; for example the house must have off-road parking, such as a driveway or garage in order to safely install the charging point. There must be a power source available nearby, and it is recommended that all home wiring and the main household fuse is checked by an electrician, and upgraded if necessary. Once all of the necessary checks have been made and approved, an EV charging point can be installed in the property, drawing its power from the existing main household supply fuel.

There are many benefits to installing an EV charging point at your home. The first benefit being the speed; home charging units charge vehicles over two times faster than a standard UK power socket, and they’re much safer too. Some charging units have an inbuilt scheduling system which allows drivers to programme a specific time slot for their vehicle to charge – generally overnight, taking advantage of the off-peak electricity tariffs. This is a much cheaper, and more ecological way to charge an EV, than during daylight hours. Furthermore, certain charge units allow users to remotely control the charging point; changing the settings and turning the charge on and off, at just the tap of a mobile app.

Funding for home charging points has been made available by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and will apply to eligible homeowners. Created through a partnership between the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, OLEV aims to reduce the greenhouse gases and air pollution on UK roads, and place the UK firmly at the forefront of EV development, manufacturing and use.

Many EV manufacturers would recommend investing in an approved home charge point due to the range of safety devices and features available on modern devices.

Here at Franklin Energy, we specialise in home charging points for EV owners and all of our installations have a three year manufacturer and installation warranty included. Call us today, and let us see how we can help you.

Electric car charging at home

With the uptake of electric vehicles on the rise, conscious consumers are always on the lookout for ways to justify investing in an ultra low emission vehicle, in order to get the most out of their money. From 2016 onwards, the UK government has committed to a nationwide charging infrastructure strategy for low emission vehicles. However, many drivers have opted for electric car charging at home in order to quell range anxiety once and for all.

Installing a home charging station is a great way for motorists to quickly, safely and efficiently charge their electric vehicle to a full charge, via their household power source.

Of course there are limitations as to who is eligible for a home charging station; for example the house must have off-road parking, such as a driveway or garage in order to safely install the electric car charging station. There must be a power source available nearby, and it is recommended that all home wiring and the main household fuse is checked by an electrician, and upgraded if necessary. Once all of the necessary checks have been made and approved, an electric car charging point can be installed in the property, drawing its power from the existing main household supply fuel.

There are many benefits to installing an electric car charging point at home. The first benefit being the speed; home charging units charge vehicles over two times faster than a standard UK power socket, and they’re much safer too. Some charging units have an inbuilt scheduling system which allows drivers to programme a specific time slot for their vehicle to charge – generally overnight, taking advantage of the off-peak electricity tariffs. This is a much cheaper, and more ecological way to charge an electric car, than during daylight hours. Furthermore, certain charge units allow users to remotely control the charging station; changing the settings and turning the charge on and off, at the tap of a mobile app.

Funding for home charging points has been made available by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and will apply to eligible homeowners. Created through a partnership between the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, OLEV aims to reduce the greenhouse gases and air pollution on UK roads, and place the UK firmly at the forefront of electric vehicle development, manufacturing and use.

Many electric vehicle manufacturers would recommend investing in an approved home charging station due to the range of safety devices and features available on modern devices.

Here at Franklin Energy, we specialise in home charging points for electric car owners and all of our installations have a three year manufacturer and installation warranty included. Call us today, and let us see how we can help you.

Commercial car charging

So, you’ve decided to cut your carbon footprint and invest in an electric vehicle… At the moment, electric vehicle charging is a relatively young industry, so a lot of homes and workplaces don’t yet have electric car charging points. The big question on most electric vehicle owner’s lips is, ‘where can I charge my electric car?’

Although it is a new industry, the electric car charging network in the UK is growing rapidly, thanks to government initiatives and grants, and a greater leaning towards sustainable solutions from both individuals and businesses nationwide. With more people switching to plug in electric vehicles, charging stations are becoming a key consideration for new builds, and even older buildings are becoming part of the electric revolution, with the addition of electric vehicle charging points.

If you’re not fortunate enough to benefit from either home or workplace charging, then your electric car charging option would be commercial charging points. With a diverse network of public charging points across the UK, there are many options available to you when it comes to boosting your battery.

There are many different schemes which allow you to charge your electric car at little to no cost to you. Many of the public car charging points are currently found at most service stations and garages nationwide, and can also be found in popular spots such as commercial car parks and designated bays in busy city centres. It is worth looking up your nearest charging point prior to starting your journey, to avoid being caught short.

If you’re looking to invest in a commercial charging point for your business, it is a great dual revenue stream which can bring in a profit from both the charging fee and the income that you can generate from supplying electricity to the national grid.

Quick and easy to install, commercial public charging points provide many benefits for your business including the revenue generated from subscriptions, pay as you go charging fees and energy use fees. There will also be increased footfall to your business, especially if there aren’t many charge points in the local area. With the extra customers to your business, there are many indirect sources of revenue available, including the increase in sales of products near your charging station as well as maximised marketing and advertising potential.

Although most people opt to charge their electric vehicles at home or at work, there is a greater need for more public charging points throughout the UK. Currently most public charge points support the three electric car charging options: slow, fast and rapid charging. There are also specific Tesla charging stations, which provide free charging points for the Tesla model S and the Tesla model X.

An introduction to slow, fast and rapid charging stations

With the uptake of electric cars on the rise in the UK, car owners are left with many questions regarding their new plug in electric vehicles. After the initial thrill of purchasing a carbon conscious car, thoughts often turn to: ‘how do you charge an electric car?’, ‘where are the free electric car charging stations?’ and ‘how long does it take to charge an electric car?’

The answers to these questions are varied, depending on which make and model of electric car you own, and what type of charging station you’re planning to use.

At the moment, around 90% of electric vehicle charging takes place at home via a dedicated home charging socket, which can be installed in homes with a garage or off-road parking capabilities. But, due to increased demand for charging stations over the past five years, there is now a nationwide network of public charging stations for plug in electric vehicles; with Ecotricity’s ‘Electric Highway’ providing free public charging stations throughout the UK.

There are currently four electric car charging options available: slow charging, fast charging, rapid AC charging and rapid DC charging (depending on whether your car requires an AC or DC connection).

Originally the most common in the UK, slow charging stations were introduced in the first wave of publicly accessible charging points, but are now being phased out in favour of fast and rapid charging points. However, many slow charging stations can still be found on the nation’s roads, and they are compatible with almost all electric vehicles. As indicated by the name, slow charging stations require the longest amount of time to fully charge a plug in electric vehicle.

Able to draw up to 3kW of power, slow charging stations typically take between six and eight hours to charge an electric car to full charge. This is why slow charging units are mostly used at home or work, and are utilised overnight, in order to take advantage of the off-peak electricity tariffs. Even though slow charging can be achieved through a standard single-phase 13 amp three pin domestic plug, it is recommended that a dedicated electric vehicle charging station is fitted by a qualified electrician, in order to achieve maximum amperage levels and a reduced charging time.

Over the past five years, fast charging stations have eclipsed slow charging stations in popularity and availability, due to the speed at which they can charge a plug in vehicle. Capable of providing a full charge in around three to four hours, fast charging points draw up to 7kW of electricity, and are compatible with most electric cars and vans. Fast charging points are more likely to be found at public charging stations up and down the country, including in city centres and long stay car parks, where members of the public can take advantage of so-called ‘destination charging’.

The quickest and most effective electric car charging points are rapid charging stations, which are available in both an AC and DC output. Drawing between 43 and 50kW of electricity, rapid charging stations can achieve an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.

Relatively new to the electric car charging market, rapid AC chargers are currently only available for a handful of electric cars in the UK, and many drivers prefer to use a rapid DC connection, which delivers a higher charge in a shorter time.

Much more common in the UK, rapid DC electric car charging stations have a typical charge of 50kW and are fitted with a choice of DC connectors: Japanese JEVS (CHAdeMO) and European Combined Charging (CCS).

CHAdeMo connectors are the most universally used, with car manufacturers such as Kia, Nissan and Mitsubishi supporting these types of connections. However, CSS connectors are setting a new standard for rapid DC charging, and are being widely promoted by European and American electric car manufacturers.

It is worth noting that some electric cars don’t support rapid charging options; the Mercedes Benz B Class doesn’t have rapid charging capabilities, and the BMW i3 offers rapid charging capabilities as an optional extra.

Fast and rapid charging points

Have you recently purchased your first Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf? Or considering buying your first electric vehicle? Although you’re already on your way to minimising your carbon tyre print, you are left with certain questions such as: ‘where can I charge my electric car?’, ‘what’s the difference between Fast and Rapid charging?’, and ‘how long does it take to charge an electric car?’

Let’s start with the basics. Electric vehicle (EV) charging points are categorised by how much energy they produce, which is measured in kW. This tells you what speed they can charge your electric car. If you know from your lifestyle that you need to get places quickly, then you may want to consider fast and rapid charging.
Fast car chargers are well suited to homes and businesses that are leaving their cars to charge overnight. AC fast charging points have lower installation and maintenance costs because they can be installed directly into your residential or workplace’s electricity supply.
If you are charging your EV at home, most manufacturers provide wall mounted charging stations with a fixed cable and a type one or two connector that you plug directly into the vehicle. Popular suppliers include the Chargemaster Homecharge and Solo Pod Point. Type one fast charging stations supply around 32 Amps or 7kW and most electric vehicles can accept them with the correct connector. Most fast charging units come with the versatile type two Mennekes or Commando supply side socket, although sometimes they provide a tethered cable with the non-removable type one (J1772) connector. On average, it takes approximately three to four hours to reach full charge although this depends on battery capacity.

Given the government’s workplace charging scheme, powering up your EV at work has never been more convenient. As the quick charge station needs to be compatible with a variety of different electric vehicles, the most common installation for businesses is the wall-mounted type two 7kW charger, which will fully charge a vehicle in three to four hours. Another option would be charging posts which are useful for street parking, but have higher installation costs.
Three phase fast charging often delivers around 22kW and is often only reserved for electric vans and buses that need much more power. Most commercial and public electric car charging stations now also use fast charging instead of slow, with 6209 fast connectors available nationally as of 2017.
Rapid DC chargers work on direct current and are the most common type of rapid charging point, particularly suited to electric car charging ‘on-the go’. You’ll find them in public places such as car parks, motorways, and city centres. As of 2017, there are around 1360 rapid DC connectors available across the UK. They can supply up to 50kW of power, which means that they can charge your EV to 80% in under half an hour. All rapid car charging stations provide a tethered cable with a non-removable JEVS (CHAdeMO 50kW), CCS (Combo 50kW), or Tesla (50-120 kW) vehicle connectors.

As a recent development, rapid AC chargers are relatively rare and are only used in a few locations in the UK. As of early 2017, there were only 642 rapid AC connectors available nationally. They work on a rapid alternating current and can supply up to 43 kW of power. It typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes for an electric vehicle to reach an 80% charge. Due to their high power, all units use a secured cable with a fixed type two Mennekes vehicle connector.
As most slow chargers are shifting to fast and rapid units, you can look forward to an efficient and speedy future with your carbon conscious car.

Importance of destination charging points

Electric Vehicles have been on our roads for a very long time, yet today there is a raise in the popularity of EV. The demand for electric drive vehicles, whether it be a hybrid, plug in hybrid or all-electric, will continue to climb as consumers look for ways to save money at the pump. With this high demand and more EV’s on our roads, it is now extremely important that we have more charging points in relevant locations. Therefore, EV charging infrastructure service provider, Franklin Energy are working alongside Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), financial and profession service firm to propose more destination charging points are installed.

The car parks of hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and resorts are in need of electric vehicle charging points for the legislation that the UK government must meet 80% reduction in carbon emission by 2050. The UK also have 1 million forecasted sales for plug in vehicles by the end of 2020 and with the statics standing at a 10:1 ratio of electric vehicles to fast charging points and a 50:1 ration of electric vehicles to rapid charging points, there is an obvious need for more EV destination charging points to meet the amount of EV’s on our roads. Currently the EV pioneer has a network of more than 100 locations for destination charging points in the UK along with more than 30 locations for ‘superchargers’ which charge its cars in minutes rather than hours. “If you haven’t got EV charging points in your car park, people simply wont come. The agent is predicting that 75% of car parks will have charging points for EV’s by 2025,” says Paul Gallagher, car parking and road side consultant in the JLL’s team.

Franklin were responsible for launching the UK’s first privately funded charging network in March 2016 with Q Park UK. They are now naturally keen to expand their charging network with new location partners to meet the demand they encountered during their initial phase. Franklin are now looking to deploy a phased roll-out of fast charging points, initially starting with 2 (dual) charging points per site and then eventually look to install accelerate the number of charging points installs per site from 2017-2021. The sites will be determined by Franklin in discussion with JLL and Frankin Energy will supply the EV charging infrastructure and subsequent support with no upfront Capex cost to JLL. Charging points will be operated using market leading cloud based software provided by Charge and Drive, this will allow JLL to access the live data feed to the Franklin network at any time to check its status and network performance.

Franklin are also working closely with advertising companies in the hope that in the near future they can install charging points with integrated advertisement screens, building services and technologies around the network will help to maximise utilisation and create new revenue streams for both JLL and Franklin, but for now Franklin are working alongside JLL to roll out charging points in new developments.