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Electric car charging

Across the UK there has been a large increase in orders for electric and hybrid vehicles, partly due to government legislations falling in to place from the 1st April 2020 for taxes on company cars and also an increase in tax across the board for combustion engines. This is part of the world wide scheme to “go green” due to the damaging impact on the worlds eco system from burning too many fossil fuels which pollutes the atmosphere and is having devastating effects on the climate.

With the growing interest in cleaner modes of transport the UK government are under immense pressure to install charging points all over the country. There are 4 types of charge points that you will begin to see more of in the near future which fall under the below categories:

Home Charge points - in order to charge your electric vehicle at home you will need to have a safe place to do so like a drive way, car port or Garage. Due to the high voltage required when charging the car cables are not very long so you must make sure that the charging point is nearby to your vehicle. It is important not to use an extension lead because they are not designed for this which can potentially lead to over heating and in certain cases dangerous electrical fires.

Home charging is the best way to charge a vehicle because it is slower usually taking between 6 - 8 hours which gives the battery a good chance of lasting for a longer period of time.

To instal a charge point at home it is crucial that an electrician comes to inspect the wiring at your home before installing the point. When charging your vehicle the costs will depend on the tariff you have, remember to check the nighttime cost as this can sometimes be higher which is most likely when the charging will take place.

From the 1st April 2020 the government grant is due to decrease to £350 for the use of purchase and instillation of a home charger with the OLEV grant.

If you are able to get the home charger installed before the 1st April 2020 you will be able to benefit from the £500 grant which is currently in place.

Standard Public sector Charge points - these are similar to home charging points and the government is encouraging businesses to install them particularly for employees who have quite a distance to travel to work each day. The costs of charging on these points will go to the building where they are installed.

Public Fast charging points - this is the most common charging point you will find in public as it is more simple to install and usually takes between 1 and 8 hours for a full charge on your vehicle. The government aims to have this charge point dotted around all over the country especially curb side in towns and cities.

Public super fast charge points - sometimes knows as rapid charge points these stations Chanel a very large amount of electricity in a short period of time to get you back behind the wheel as quick as possible. Typically this takes around 30 minutes and will stop at 80% charge to protect the vehicle battery from being overloaded.

Many stores and motorway stations have now installed these rapid chargers and the cost is approximately £6 - £7 for 30 minutes which on an average will get you around 100 miles of range in your electric vehicle.

How to get a charger for my home installed?

It is usually a quick and stress free process and can be done online through several different UK companies who will have all of the information to hand regarding the grant application process etc. An engineer will schedule a convenient time to come to your house to install the station so all you will need to do is locate the best place for it to go so that you will not have any future difficulty charging your vehicles.

At Lets talk finance we have lots of fantastic deals on Electric and hybrid vehicles so if you would like to discuss your next electric lease deal give us a call on 01625 568 612 or email sales@letstalkfinance.co.uk

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3rd of April 2020

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