Introduction

Moving around is going is changing and will change more by 2030 because we will all be relying on electric to move from one place to another. Not only is it going to rapidly change the transport industry, it is going to effect our day to day lives. In fact, we spend 19 hours in a car in one year! Don’t be the last to get the electric charging point. Book a fit in with our professional electricians to fit one in.

What is an EV charger?

An EV charger (Electric Vehicle Charger) is a module which charges an electric car. Just like a mini Petrol Station. It is used for owners of an electric vehicle. They also can occasionally be seen outside shops or in motorway services. Domestic charging points are as little as 1/2 metre, though commercial devices are as big as 2 1/2 metres high. Whilst the domestic ones are more compact, they effect the speed of charging, i.e. they are slower.

How Does It Help The Environment

The reason EV charging points are growing in population is because they are so environmentally friendly. Diesel and petrol cars spit out fumes through the exhaust pipe. These are harmful to both the environment and ourselves. They are destroying the world around us as we speak. That is why we need to switch to more cleaner ways of travel. There are several environmentally friendly ways to produce energy, which hope to one day fully power England. The sources of energy come from the ground (geo) but mainly turbines using the wind or water (hydro) and Solar panels.

How Does It Work?

When you buy your electric car, it is vital that you get an EV charger. This is so that your Electric vehicle can charge as you sleep. When you wake up it is guaranteed to have charged. But it doesn’t stop there. When you go to work, or do another activity, you can top up your battery if your workplace or local community has a charger. And as all newly sold cars in Europe will be electric in only a few years, charging points are going to become even more accessible.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Car?

At home, the price gets automatically added onto your energy bill, whereas at a station in services or the roadside, you need to pay. At a work environment, your manager pays for both expenses for getting to work, and charging at work.

The price is dependent on the vehicle, [ which alters the] size of the battery, and the size of the charger. A domestic charge, with a battery of 25khw, would cost £2.75, and you could travel up to a hundred miles.

How Much Does It Cost To Maintain?

Your EV charger is so easy to maintain – cleaning and regularly checking the safety test switch. If a problem occurs, our an electricians will have to be called out. However, in most cases, faults with chargers can be easily rectified due to their straight forward designs.

To make sure your EV charger is safe and usable, we strongly recommend you regularly check the charger, by simply clicking the ‘test’ button. If your EV charger doesn’t have a test button, then get your local electrician to do a yearly check-up, to make sure you have full reassurance it is safe. Also, visually check the cable for damage every time you use it.

Where Does It Go?

An EV charging point can go practically anywhere on the outside of your house. It depends on where you park your car, or where there is a surface to fit it on. From the garage to your driveway, a skilled electricians, can get it fitted in as little as two hours (though additional work is likely).

How Log Does It Take To Charge A Car?

Depending on how fast the point is (usually 7.2kw at home) and how big the car battery is, it can take between 30 min to 12 hours. Domestically speaking, your EV charger would take about between 4-8 hours. Commercial ones, such as Motorway Service Chargers, take as little as 30 minutes, but the battery has to be suitable for fast charging. The vehicle (e.g. Van, Car), and the brand of the EV charger (e.g. MyEnergy, Rolec) should be investigated properly to make sure you get the right outcomes for your travel needs.

How Might The Brand Effect The Performance Of Charging?

Here at Plugged In Electricians, we have a range of brands to choose from (Rolec, MyEnergi, Growatt and others). Different brands effect the speed of the charging though all domestic units are between 3-7Kw with type 1 or type 2 charging cables. Each brand has its own design too. Please speak to an electrician to learn more about the best brand of charger is for you: 01524 932 924

Is It Worth It?

By 2030, all new cars sold in Europe will be electric. Prices on EV chargers are likely to fall over the coming years but will rise during the peak demand times which are set to come over the next few years. The EV is supporting the environment for the next generation, and whilst it may take a bit of getting used to, it is convenient. You will need to get an EV one day, so why not do it now?

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