Plugging into motoring’s future

The climate crisis. A phrase that's on everyone's lips – and if it isn't, it should be. The electric vehicle market is motoring and EV chargepoints are a big part of the future.

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The climate crisis.

 

A phrase that’s on everyone’s lips – and if it isn’t, it should be.

 

The electric vehicle market is motoring and EV chargepoints are a big part of the future.  Domestic transport’s contribution to environmental damage makes for shocking reading. In 2019 (the most recent data available), our cars accounted for 27 percent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions – and there’s little to suggest that this number has fallen appreciably since then.

 

There are myriad ways in which we as individuals can work to protect or repair the environment, from small steps to significant lifestyle changes. But one change we can all support is the move towards electric vehicles: once an expensive luxury, but increasingly affordable.

 

And, in terms of reduced running costs, financially irresistible.

 

According to CompareTheMarket.com, an electric vehicle is 47 percent cheaper to run than a petrol equivalent, and electric vehicles now make up around one in ten new-car sales.

 

 

Government support

 

The good news is that the government is turbo-boosting the roll-out of electric vehicles. Not only is the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) contributing up to 35 percent of the purchase price of certain new domestic electric vehicles (up to a maximum of £2,500 – there’s a full list available here), but it is also funding 75 percent of the cost (up to £350) of installing a EV chargepoint at your home.

 

There is a range of chargers available, suitable for different makes and models of vehicle and offering different charging times. Faster-charging models are generally a little more expensive than the slower types, but the 7kW home charger is currently proving the most popular, delivering a full charge in around eight hours.

 

Until 31st March 2022, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is available to people with a qualifying electric vehicle who live in a residence with off-street parking. A list of qualifying electric vehicles can be found here.

 

To benefit from the EVHS grant, the customer must first choose an installer to fit their EV chargepoint. The installer then checks whether the household qualifies for the grant before applying on the customer’s behalf. The installer will bill the customer for the price of the installation, minus the grant amount they have applied for.

 

Installers must be authorised by OZEV before they are allowed to fit any of the charging equipment.

 

It’s no coincidence that Excel Electrical was established in 2001 – around time that the movement towards electric vehicles started to gain real traction. Fully OZEV-authorised, Excel Electrical has been at the forefront of electric-vehicle domestic EV chargepoint installation since … well, since domestic EV chargepoints became a ‘thing’! As well as offering a comprehensive range of other commercial and residential electrical services, our experienced engineers will supply and install the right charger to suit you.

 

 

Why have an EV chargepoint installed?

 

First, because it makes sense. The government is set to ban the sales of new petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2030. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve – to buy into the future, and be subsidised in the process.

 

Second, because the national network of charging points is patchy, at present. This will improve over time – it has to – but having the ability to charge your own vehicle at your own premises makes you less dependent on the commercial EV charging points available at filling stations, car parks and so on. And it will almost certainly be cheaper, too.

 

Third, because – right now – the government is paying for it!

 

There’s even a strong case to be made for installing a domestic charger if you don’t drive (although if you don’t own an electric vehicle, you won’t qualify for the EVHS grant). For one thing, you’re sure to have visitors who need to charge their vehicles. For another, if you’re a homeowner, a pre-installed domestic ev chargepoint will assuredly add to your property’s saleability.

 

 

Act now to benefit!

 

To take advantage of the EVHS scheme, you need to act now – especially if you’re a homeowner in a freehold property. While the EVHS (and other schemes) will continue for certain domestic and commercial sectors – see our next blog post for further information – the grant for homeowners in single-unit properties such as bungalows, detached, semi-detached or terraced housing will cease on 31st March next year. The work needs to have been completed by that date, and the claim submitted before the end of April.

 

As with so much concerning the climate crisis, there’s no time like the present.

 

 

 

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