Electric vehicle charging points: What you need to know
A boom in electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the UK is being predicted over the next two years as the country moves towards the more widespread use of electric vehicles.
The purchase of electric vehicles continues to increase as the Government target of banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 approaches.
While the number of public EV charging points has more than tripled since 2016, development of the infrastructure across the UK still has a long way to go. According to recent news reports, forecasts suggest that the public charger network needs to have grown at least ten-fold by 2030, from the current 25,000 to between 280,000 and 480,000.
There needs to be an equal spread of easily accessible, affordable and secure charging points across the country to inspire consumer confidence and encourage people to switch to electric vehicles before 2030.
Currently, this is not the case, with a study by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) showing that 83 per cent of all public chargers are in London, with the remaining 17 per cent across the rest of the UK.
With the ultimate aim to make EV charge points as commonplace as petrol pumps, huge investment is being made by the Government to help build a reliable infrastructure across the country. The Prime Minister has recently announced £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll-out of charge points for electric vehicles across the UK.
Investment is even being made in replacing old chargers with the latest technology to ensure faster charging.
EV charger options
Electric vehicle charging points can be installed in the home, on-street or at the roadside, in offices and workplaces, at motorway service stations, and in supermarket or shopping centre car parks. The rule of thumb is that 10 per cent of all parking spaces should have an EV charger.
EV chargers 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.
Net zero carbon emissions
The 2030 deadline is part of a wider commitment by the UK Government to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 to help alleviate the climate crisis. However, the sale of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be allowed until 2035.
Sales of electric vehicles continue to rise, with May 2021 seeing a 441% increase in UK sales of pure-electric cars compared to the same month in 2020, although it should be noted that dealerships were closed last year.
In spite of the impact of the pandemic, which led to overall car sales dropping 29 per cent in 2020, 13,120 new cars registered in the UK in May 2021 were pure-electric cars, which is 8.4 per cent of the total. Plug-in hybrids accounted for 6.3 per cent of the total.
This means that pure-electric sales were up by 185.9% compared to pre-pandemic 2019, while plug-in hybrid sales were up 91.2%.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claims that 2.3 million charge points need to be introduced across the UK within the next decade to keep the country on track to a net zero economy by 2050.
Electric vehicle charging points installer
For electrical contractors such as ourselves who are certified installers of electric vehicle charging points, demand has definitely increased in this area of our work, and we are expecting it to get even busier.
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.
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.
Added to that 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.
Here at DRF Electrical, 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.