Some vehicles can be connected to the home via a 3-pin socket. However, due to battery developments many customers are now investing into dedicated charge points. At present, the Government will provide an individual or business with a grant towards the cost for the purchase and installation of a dedicated charge point. Some Local Authorities may support businesses to acquire charge points as part of infrastructure improvement, so do check this before completing on any purchases.
If you operate an EV or PHEV the key point to consider is that the vehicle must have sufficient charge to operate correctly. Planning where the vehicle will be charged is crucial for you (or the business) to have the best experience. If you have off-road parking, a dedicated home charge point is the most practical way to ensure access to a charging facility. In the alternative, your employer (or business) may provide a charge point at the offices or premises you operate from. As our infrastructure develops, more charge points are appearing at petrol stations, service stations and stand-alone vehicle charging centres. However, charging a vehicle at an external point may be more expensive than at home or business, so this should be factored into your whole of life cost analysis.
There are a number of charge point solutions which a business or individual can consider for their vehicle. While these are continuing to develop, at the time of this guide the main options include:
The availability of each will depend on where you intend to have the charge point installed. Your installer should carry out an on-site survey with you to help you understand the options available to you and an approximation of the costs. For example a rapid charger will require three-phase power and this can be time consuming and expensive to install. While the Government, and your Local Authority, may support the costs in the form of grants or loans there will be surplus costs which you, or the business, must pay. Do not presume that a charge point can be installed for free.
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