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Month: October 2019

Electric vehicle charging points on the increase

The use of electric and hybrid vehicles is gaining in popularity as more and more people aim to cut their CO2 emissions and reduce their carbon footprint.

Figures show a huge rise in registrations of electric vehicles in the UK, from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 227,000 by the end of August 2019. This is set to accelerate further as we get closer to the Government’s pledge to ban the manufacture of any new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

For electrical contractors such as ourselves who are certified installers of electric vehicle charging points, we are finding that demand is increasing in this area of our work.

And it’s not just individuals who are getting in touch with us, it’s also organisations who are keen to encourage the use of electric vehicles by their employees, looking to install EV charging points in the workplace either for individuals using electric cars or for the company’s own electric fleet of vehicles.

Add to that, there are incentives from the Government to encourage the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, with two schemes running through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). People who own an electric vehicle can get up to 75% of funding (with a £500 maximum) towards the installation of electric vehicle charging points at their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). Businesses, charities and public sector organisations, meanwhile, could potentially save thousands of pounds by applying for funding through the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS), which offers support with the purchase and installation of EV charging points in the workplace.

Local authorities can also access grant funding through the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) for the installation of on-street EV charging points for electric vehicles in residential areas.

Electric vehicle charging points can be installed in the home, at the roadside, in offices and workplaces. They are available in various options, depending on their use. They include wall-mounted or free-standing chargers, highly durable and damage resistant units for use in public areas, super-speed chargers, and those that are paid for or free to use.

Here at DRF we are trained and approved by the NICEIC as an electric vehicle charging point installer. We install a range of charging points from single units to complete infrastructures in commercial, domestic and public properties, with all our work conforming to the latest wiring and safety standards.

We also offer maintenance services for EV chargers, which must be regularly inspected and tested to ensure they meet all safety standards and are functioning to their optimal standard.

Our experts work with individuals and organisations across the UK to advise on the best solution for their electric vehicle charging requirements, as well as any grant funding or support schemes available to them.

Call our team at DRF Electrical to discuss your EV charging needs on 0113 257 8212.