We’ll all be driving electric in less than 10 years. FACT.
If you’ve already got an electric car and you’re wondering how you go about getting charging points installed (whether that’s at home or for your workplace) OR you’re thinking about getting an electric or hybrid car, read on…
It’s part of the Government’s “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change, with the race now in full swing globally to reduce carbon emissions, pioneer renewables and completely transform our way of living.
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The 2030 Pledge Explained
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to phase out the sales of new petrol and diesel cars/vans by 2030 as part of the UK’s 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions. (Some hybrid cars will still be allowed until 2035, but depending on how fast we approach this target, and how fast car companies adapt to these changes, we could see this brought forward.)
We’ll no doubt see countless grants for drivers, employers and incentives for motoring companies in the coming years, such as the OLEV Grant and the further £1.3bn that’s promised for rolling out EV (electric vehicle) charging points in homes, streets and motorways.
Of course, with electric cars, there needs to be easy and unlimited access to electric car charging points, be it at home and at our workplace, not to mention car parks, motorway services and all-new ‘charging stations’ instead of the petrol stations we’re used to. There’s now more than 30,000 charge points across the UK in more than 11,000 locations, and it’s increasing now at a rate of knots.
What is the OLEV Grant and am I eligible for it?
The OLEV Grant is an initiative by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles to help you with the purchase and installation of your electric car charger. They’ll give you up to £350 towards this so it’s definitely worth doing to get something back.
To be eligible you:
Have to have private, off-street parking where your charging cable won’t impede pedestrians, for example by crossing a public pavement.
- Must have purchased an OLEV-eligible plug-in hybrid or electric car. Click here to see the list of OLEV-eligible cars on the Government website. (This is regularly updated.) One of the most important bits of criteria is that the vehicle must emit less than 75g/km of CO2, which if your vehicle is fully electric isn’t hard as it’ll have zero emissions!
- Must have purchased and installed a charger which is also OLEV-approved. Check out the list of approved chargers here. (Unfortunately Tesla Wall Connectors are not approved.)
- Also have to have an OLEV-approved installer (don’t worry, we’re approved!) fit this charger for you.
How do I claim the OLEV Grant?
This is the best part. We take that headache away from you. The first important thing is to make sure you tick all four of the above criteria, then once you enquire with us to receive a quotation for the OLEV-approved supply and installation of your EV charger, we’ll kick-start the process of applying for the grant on your behalf.
Information we’ll need from you to do this includes:
- Your vehicle make and model
- The name and driver making this claim, i.e. the registered keeper of the car
- The Vehicle Registration (or Identification) Number
- Your MPAN or electricity supply number
- Your proof of purchase for the vehicle
And if your car is a company car…
- Also a letter nominating a specific user on company headed paper
- Plus lease documentation of the vehicle if the car is being leased
Then the rest is up to us! And we’ll keep you updated with the process until it’s approved.
How much does an electric car charging point cost?
Our prices include:
- Initial consultation and survey (be it virtual or in person)
- The supply/cost of the parts themselves
- Your handover and introductory training
- 24-hour helpline access if you need help
To assess your needs and give you the most accurate price, please get in touch.
If you’re getting your charger installed with the OLEV Grant, what you pay us to supply and install it will factor in the £350 deduction, so essentially it’ll be:
£ Original Price – £350 OLEV Grant = £ What You Pay
So, whilst your grant application won’t be instant, what you pay will automatically factor in that discount.
(Please note: if your grant application is unsuccessful then you will be liable to pay the £350 which was deducted from your installation price.)
How fast can you fit an electric car charging point?
Our turnarounds are pretty fast and we aim to get your charging point installed within one week from your initial enquiry.
Before we carry out your EV charging point installation, we’ve got to notify your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), i.e. the people who look after your regional electricity supply.
Why does my DNO need to know about my electric car charging installation?
Your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), in other words your electricity suppliers for the area you live in (or want your EV charger installed) provides the electricity that you’ll be drawing on to charge your electric vehicle(s).
Therefore, as your installer, we’ll need to inform your DNO of the maximum demand at the premises, so they can check their end that the supply they offer is accurate.
Need help with electric car charging? Get in touch now!
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