FRANKLIN ENERGY ON THE MOVE WITH EVBOX

Franklin Energy has revealed details of its official partnership with EVBox, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software.

North West-based Franklin Energy has grown rapidly to become one of the country’s leading electric vehicle charging technology companies. This partnership represents a major step forward for the firm in the provision of pioneering and innovative technology for the thriving EV market.

Franklin will specify EVBox charging technology and software at major commercial contracts across the UK. The firm is also the first UK operator to offer EVBox chargers on a public network under the Charge&Drive software. Franklin Energy are set to install over 3,000 AC EVBox connectors on their public network by the end of 2021, becoming one of the largest public charging networks in the UK.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “EVBox are one of Europe’s leading charging providers and have operations globally. They provide smart charging on a mass scale and have an excellent reputation and approach to customer service, meaning we can now start to deliver EV charging at volume (as the market matures) without having to worry about lead times. This is incredibly important for our business as demand escalates and more and more people and businesses switch over to EV.

Collaborating with a global leader in an official capacity helps solidify our position within the marketplace and gives us the confidence to deliver more contracts on a broader scale.”

Ross McGuinness, EVBox’s UK & Ireland Business Development Manager added: “Following the integration of EVBox hardware with Franklin Energy’s charge point operating software, we are pleased to announce a new proposition to the electric car charging infrastructure. Franklin Energy are a growing charge point operator using the Fortum back end system. As EVBox’s chargers can now operate as a hardware partner, the market is open to new business opportunities.”

Franklin Energy continues to enjoy significant growth and has plans to double the size of its LiFe Network during the next four months.

Major redevelopment of Ruskin Square

As part of a major redevelopment of Ruskin Square in Croydon, the 565-bay car park has been refurbished to include two electric vehicle chargers, one of the first charging stations in Croydon.

Since install in December 2016, usage has grown significantly month on month, exceeding anticipated targets. Such as been the demand that operators are considering a further four charge installations.

Franklin Energy has installed 8 x 7kW dual outlet fast chargers enabling 16 plug-in vehicles to be charged. Access is provided through Franklin’s LiFe EV smart phone app, allowing on the spot access to drivers with no subscription costs.

The site, owned by Schroders, is managed by JLL who has led the wide scale new build and refurbishment project. A £500million programme, creating 1.25 million sq ft of much-needed new office space, homes and new shops and restaurants, work to the car park at a cost of £4million, now sees the state-of-the art facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “The EV install at Ruskin Square has been a huge success in terms of uptake. Demand for the current chargers has grown consistently both in terms of the number of users and the number of charging sessions, as well as increasing demand from new EV drivers wanting to charge at Ruskin Square

“The site operators are looking to explore the EV concept which is undoubtedly gaining rapid momentum. As one of the first centres to offer EV charging in Croydon, Ruskin Square will be recognised as an established base for electric drivers as more and more people inevitably make the switch.”

Richard Lewis of JLL commented: “Schroders wanted to ensure that the multi storey car park at Ruskin Square was the best in Croydon, in line with the prestigious development, so introduced EV charging stations to reflect customer demand and the growing need for this facility in urban areas.

Thanks to our great location at the heart of Croydon, we have an excellent dwell time which enables our EV drivers to charge at work or when shopping so needed an easy to use and efficient system which Franklin Energy has provided. We envisage that usage of this facility will only grow, so wanted to make sure we had everything in place to cater for the increased demand.”

The Younger Generation’s Views on Electric Vehicles

In a world that is constantly striving to find more environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions, the prospect of electric vehicles has not only become an exciting goal, but a very attainable one too. The concept of electric vehicles is simple: It aims to use the energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common electricity. Unlike a ‘traditional’ car—which is fuelled by petrol and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency—an electric car is powered solely by electricity. Other than being a healthy alternative for cars, this presents a very healthy solution for the environment, as CO2 emissions are lowered substantially, hence reducing air pollution. The first electric car was designed in 1884, and present tremendously low maintenance and running costs. Electric cars are not only beneficial in reducing air pollution, but noise pollution too, as they are significantly more silent than traditional vehicles.

At Franklin Energy, we provide Electric Vehicle charging points in 11 cities in the United Kingdom. Through our charging points, we aim to lead an electric ‘revolution’. We realise, however, that the younger generation is fundamental to leading this revolution. Thus, we wanted to gauge younger people’s views on electric vehicles, and their thoughts on the solutions, or threats, that it might present in the future. In a survey conducted with a small number of students at Lancaster University, over 90% respondents viewed electric cars as a potential solution to reducing the threat of air pollution, and they also thought that it is a realistic goal.

Lancaster University LogoIn an aftermath to the short survey that was conducted, Yoshi, a second year student at Lancaster University, stated that he believes electric cars are more convenient compared to traditional cars. He suggested that the biggest advantage to transport powered by electricity is that it is very environmentally friendly – however, he voiced a concern about the potential high costs it would incur to younger generations. However, he expressed a silent optimism: even though the idea of electric transportation is still in its introductory stages, he hopes and believes that the use of electric cars will increase in the future, and he hopes to be able to afford a such vehicle if it becomes the norm, as he is a big fan of the idea.

Lancaster University LogoJason, who is also a student at Lancaster University, also expressed optimism. He views the prospect of electric vehicles as very realistic and positive – as long as it is implemented in countries with the adequate infrastructures to support electric cars (such as the United Kingdom). He believes that electric solutions provide environmentally-friendly opportunities, however he showed a concern regarding the potential of low battery life for cars, coupled with a limited number of charging stations available, and high costs. Regardless of these drawbacks, Jason states that the environmental benefits electric vehicles provide would suffice for him to purchase an electric car in the future. Both students, who are 21 and 18 years old respectively, view electric cars as a very positive solution, and they hope that the use of such vehicles will increase. The general concern amongst young people appear to be the higher costs that electric vehicles present when compared to traditional vehicles, which are fuelled by gasoline. Both Yoshi and Jason, however, believe that electric cars are the future – and that even service solutions such as Uber, which is based on peer to peer car sharing, could introduce electric cars. They both said that this would reduce the use of traditional cars even more, which would be even more beneficial.

The prospect of electric vehicles is very exciting for younger generations. As mentioned in this blog entry, there is an ongoing optimism about the positive effects these vehicles will have on the environment in the future. Electric vehicles certainly feed the need younger people feel to protect the planet. However, despite the positives that are presented by electric vehicles, there is a worry that high costs act as a barrier to be able to afford these electric cars. Despite this, however, there is immense excitement and optimism for the future, which will hopefully see a huge rise in the use of electric vehicles.

Franklin leads the way with Inter-roaming in the UK

Leading electric vehicle charging technology company, Franklin Energy, joined GIREVE’s roaming platform to open its network to roaming.

Franklin Energy is operating the network of charging points named LiFe. Currently focused in the North of the UK, it is going to expand across the country and into Ireland within the 12 months, reaching 100 charging points by the end of 2019. Access to the LiFe network is made via smartphone app or RFID card.

Franklin Energy got connected to GIREVE to make its charging points available on the roaming platform. All public charging points of the network will now be accessible and open to roaming for new users with different e-mobility solutions.

“With Franklin Energy, we are consolidating our presence in the UK, where we are not as successful as in the rest of EU so far. We are happy to have an opportunity to show how relevant roaming can be for British operators and EV drivers” Bruno Lebrun, CEO of GIREVE

“The UK is behind the Nordic markets when it comes to inter roaming, and we want to be seen as a leader in interoperability. We have partnered with GIREVE due to their excellent roaming service, close relationship with tier one EV manufactures and ease of integration to our network. GIREVE will open up our LiFe network to thousands of new EV drivers across Europe, making the customer journey and charging experience seamless for the end user. “

About GIREVE

To support the rapid growth of electric mobility, GIREVE brings industry operators together: charging point operators, car manufacturers, energy suppliers, public institutions…

GIREVE is an integrated platform offering innovative services that enable mobility operators to easily build partnerships. GIREVE provides and develops the link that enables true electric mobility roaming by acting as an interface between a diversity of dissimilar systems.

Roaming between electric mobility operators makes life easier for electric vehicle drivers and maximizes the use of charging point networks. That’s the core business of GIREVE, and it’s delivered through three key areas of expertise: a database of charging points for electric vehicles, a market place for roaming agreements between operators and a technical hub to ensure real-time exchanges between operators.

Charging point operators achieve the high profile needed to ensure the profitability of their facilities, and e-mobility service providers enhance their service offering to drivers.

Its goal is to provide competitive electric mobility that benefits everyone.

www.gireve.com/en

About Franklin Energy

Franklin Energy is leading electric vehicle charging provider based in Liverpool and provide charge points to both business and commercial customers. The company runs the LiFe network, which Franklin Energy plans to expand to include 1,500 fast and 700 rapid points by the end of 2021.

www.franklinenergy.co.uk

Contacts

Franklin Energy

Amber Burns
[email protected]

 

GIREVE

Marie BONNEFOUS
Communications Manager
[email protected]
01 84 73 22 57

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: https://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.