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.