EV Express Isle of Wight

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EV Charging Points

When it comes to charging points for your (or your customers’) electric vehicles, you should consider all the options and make the right choice.

The average cost of charging an electric car at home is around £4 for 100 miles of charge.

As an example, if you paid 13p per kWh, a 40kW electric vehicle (eg. Nissan Leaf 2018) with an empty battery would cost a total of 40 x 13p = £5.20 to fully charge. The Nissan Leaf 2018 has a range of around 140 miles.

Manufacturers have already built in precautions so you cannot overcharge, over-discharge, or over heat your electric vehicle.

EVs have a range over 100 miles and some new EVs have a range that is around 200 miles.

The battery life of an EV will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle.

Manufacturers offer differing warranties for their EV batteries.

  • Home charging
  • Public charging: UK charging infrastructure is improving, with now over 16500 Rapid Chargers operational.
  • Workplace charging: More businesses are considering charge points for their own transportation needs and for their employees.

How Long to Charge?

This will depend on the size of your battery and the charger you use. Fast Chargers range from 7KW to 22KW, dependent upon your electric supply.

A 7kW charger will recharge an EV in 3-4 hours, while a 22kW unit would take just 1-2 hours. Rapid chargers can provide up to 80% of charge in around 30 minutes, making them the quickest means of charging in the UK. They are commonly found at motorway service stations and close to major roads.

Types of Adapters

There are basically 2 types: Type 1 and Type 2.

Charge units are generally made to suit Type 2, but leads are supplied to fit with Type 1 connectors. 

This is so all charge units can work with all types of electric vehicles. Note that there are specific electric vehicles (such as Teslas) which require charging points that only fit in with them.

Choosing a Charging Point

Charging... for charging

There are charge points where you as the owner can set the tariff and revenue comes to you, when the charge point user pays for their charging by phone or by purchasing a token.

There are some details on this which we will explain should we meet in person, but this is the general principle.

Unfortunately, any charge points which are installed to make revenue from the user do not attract any OLEV grant funding.

Key Points to Consider

Below are some key points to consider or ask when choosing your electric vehicle charging point:

  • What grants (such as OLEV) are available to cover portions of the charging points’ cost?
  • Are there income generating methods you or your business could utilise by installing a charge point?
  • What is the purpose of the charging point?
  • Could the charging point draw solar energy to reduce running costs in the long-term?
  • What demand does my area hold for EV charging points?

Types of Charging Points

It can get confusing when it comes to choose the right charging point for your home or business; which types should you go for? Can you get funding for it? Who should install it?

Rolec Quantam

Features:

  • Twin unit, mobile app and pedestal mounted.
  • The Quantum Pedestal is also OLVEN Grant Fundable under the Workplace Charging Scheme.
  • The Quantum range is suitable for use with all electric vehicles and plug in hybrids.

Rolec Securicharge

Features:

  • Twin unit, mobile app and wall mounted.
  • The SecuriCharge is a robust, heavy duty, hard wearing charging unit, specifically designed and manufactured for public facing and exposed locations.

EO Genius

Features:

  • Compact
  • Compatible with all commercial plug-in vehicles.
  • OLVEN Grant Fundable under the Workplace Charging Scheme.

Zappi V2

Features:

  • Integrated with solar; mobile app
  • Choice of 3 charging modes: eco, eco+ and fast
  • Pin-code lock function
  • Tethered and untethered

Wallbox Commander 2

Features:

  • Facial recognition, hand gestures and bi-directional
    option.
  • The Commander 2 allows for multiple profiles, so more than one staff member can access one charging unit with his or her own unique PIN.

Rolec Homesmart

Features: 

  • Mobile app
  • Compatible with all plug-in vehicles.
  • OLVEN Grant Fundable under the Workplace Charging Scheme.

Zappi V2

Features:

  • Integrated with solar; mobile app
  • 3x charging modes: eco, eco+ and fast
  • Pin-code lock function
  • Tethered and untethered

EO Mini

Features:

  • Compact, mobile app and solar integration version
  • Compatible with all plug-in vehicle brands
  • Smartphone app controlled

Wallbox Copper S

Features:

  • Facial recognition, hand gestures and bi-directional
    option.
  • Let multiple users access through both RFID tags and the MyWallbox app.

Charge Point Installation

We don’t have a standard installation menu, as we prefer to work with customers to find the best charging solution that will meet their long term needs. Depending on your car, location, budget and many other functions – there could be various options for you to consider on charging points.

We don’t charge to give a proper consultation. We do though run a pre-check on the supply before quotation. 

All installations are guaranteed for 3 years under warranty and we offer the option of a low cost annual health check on charge points after the warranty period.

From the time of receiving an enquiry, to complete an installation is usually 1-2 weeks, depending usually on charge point unit availability.

Whilst each installation is unique, we usually start and finish an installation on the same day.

Charge points can be free standing on a pedestal or wall mounted. The customer has the choice, but wall mounted is usually the cheaper cost option.

Simply give us a call and we’ll respond with a site visit either the same day or within 24 hours.

The Installation Journey

Electric Vehicle Installation ISle of Wight 1

Responding to initial enquiry, understanding what the customer needs are.

Electric Vehicle Installation ISle of Wight 2

Outline of grant funding and suitable charge unit options.

Site visit from our installers to inspect the area & proposed charging point.

Project quotation for the charging point(s) with different funding/grant options.

Installation of the charging point and guarantees for the future.

Customer care post-install check to ensure everything is working correctly.

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