Vehicle EV Charging

The future’s electric!

The future’s electric!

Cheaper, cleaner, greener – there are many of reasons why electric vehicles are becoming more popular, for business and home use. The more they appear on our roads, the greater the need for the infrastructure of charging points and electric vehicle charging stations.

The government is right behind the use of electric vehicles,they state that by 2020, one in every five vehicles in Britain need to be electric or ultra-low emission, they have introduced a Plug-in vehicle Grant which is available to reduce the initial cost.

This provides a subsidy of:

  • 35% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the category the model belongs to (see below)
  • 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000

Running costs

The lifetime running costs of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle will be of great interest to potential purchasers hoping to offset the higher initial purchase price against lower running costs. Plug-in cars offer a number of potential savings compared to conventional vehicles:

  • A full charge will cost around £2 to £3 and will give a typical range of 100 miles. Driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost around £9 to £13 in fuel, That is around four times the cost of the electric car. The cost savings will be greatest when owners have access to an overnight low rate electricity tariff.
  • plug-in vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).
  • plug-in cars are eligible for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, worth up to £2,900 a year.
  • free parking may also be available to further encourage the uptake of electric cars in some urban areas.
  • there are fewer mechanical components than conventional vehicles so servicing costs are likely to be lower and we anticipate that maintenance costs will be lower too.

Maximising range

Most electric vehicles available on the market today have a typical range of around 100 miles. However, how far you can go on one charge largely depends on how you drive the car. Driving the car in the most efficient way maximises the car’s range and ensures driver satisfaction.