The government has announced an injection of £50m to encourage uptake of EV. Various schemes are in place to help drive adoption and achieve an end to sales of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.*
A grant that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation.* A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The main requirement is that a person owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. A person may apply for 2 charge points at the same property if they have 2 qualifying vehicles.
For more information on EV homecharge scheme go to:Gov.uk
Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of a £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle charge points in towns and cities across the UK. Funding could double the number of on-street charge points supported by the government to nearly 8,000.
In addition, the government is providing £582 million to extend the Plug-in Car, Van, Taxi and Motorcycle grants to 2022-23.
For more information on government support, go to:Gov.uk
We get asked lots of questions about electric vehicles. Here are some of your most frequently asked questions about electric car ownership and EV chargers.
Charging your car with a smart charger is about ten times faster than charging it with a simple cable. Most public charging stations offer rates up to 22kW whilst your domestic socket can only deliver rates up to 3.7kW. The maximum recommended is 2.3kW. How fast you can charge your car in the end depends on the battery capacity of your car and the actual charging power available.
Charging your EV with a charger is safer, faster, and cheaper. Safer, because the charger is smart and will control the flow of energy through the cable. Fast, because charging with a charger is about eight times faster than with just a cable. And finally, affordable, because you may be able to charge your car at off-peak times, depending on your tariff.
The battery capacity of your electric vehicle (EV) will determine how much energy can be stored, and therefore how long it will take to charge. The battery capacity differs for each car. To calculate how long it takes to charge your battery, divide the battery capacity by the charging power. i.e (battery capacity) number / (charging power) number = (time) number.
What is charging Power?
Charging power is the amount of energy that can be introduced in the battery per hour and it depends on the connection to the electric grid, the onboard charger of your car and your charger. The weakest link determines the charging power.
The charging grid
There is a maximum deliverable power in all electrical installations. If you have 4.4 kW maximum deliverable power at your house, all devices that are connected to that network can never consume more than 4.4 kW combined.
The electric car
The maximum charging power is determined by a device on your car, which feeds the electricity to your car battery. This device is called the onboard charger.
The EV charger
Every charger has a maximum power that can be transferred from the power source to the vehicle. Most can charge between 3.7 kW and 22 kW. A direct current (DC) charger can charge up to 350 kW.
The distance your car can go on one charge is dependent on the car itself and this information should be available from your car manufacturer specifications. Battery capacity is getting better every year and so is the charging infrastructure. If you are planning a longer trip, check for the charging stations along the route.
The actual specified range of the battery might differ depending on factors such as driving with a heavy load, driving style and temperatures.