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Types of electric vehicle charge points (EVCPss)

There are many types of EVCP available, whether they are for a commercial workplace, a public building/car park, or a domestic house.  They offer different speeds of charging, access controls, methods of payment and reporting across networks.

How can you find out which type of electric vehicle charge point is best matches your requirements?

The type of charge points you install will depend on key factors such as your type of property, its location and how your customers/employees/visitors/ wish to use it. To find out which charge point may be best suited to you, with Energeasy Drive you can identify which charging solution is the best for your property. An Energeasy Drive installer can also advise you.

Can access be controlled to any EVCPs installed and, if so, how?

There are a number of ways to control access to charge points intended for use by the public and by employees at places of work, ranging from RFID cards and smart phone apps, to issuing an actual key that each user must have to be able to charge their vehicle.

Installing electric vehicle charge points – commercial & public

Who are Rexel?

Rexel is the largest electrical distributor in the world and has supplied electric vehicle charge points since they were first widely introduced in the UK. All products supplied and installed by your Rexel Energeasy Drive installer have been through a strict due dilliengence process, are of a high quality and come supplied with full warranties.

What are the benefits to a business of installing electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs)?

Installing EVCPs has direct benefits for your customers and gives you a point of difference over a local competitor. Employees will also benefit, by allowing them to enjoy the cost saving benefits of lower fuel costs and taxation. They also provide opportunities for promoting and enhancing the reputation of your company.

What is the process for getting an electric vehicle charge point installed?

Typically there is a 5 stage process for installing an ECVP, which a Rexel Energeasy Drive installer can guide you through when they survey your property.

What factors should you consider when choosing which type of electric vehicle charge point to install?

There are many types of electric vehicle charging points (EVCP) available, whether they are for a commercial workplace, a public building, or a public area such as a town car park.  The type of charge points you install will depend of five key factors. These include the power supply available, the speed of charge you need to offer people, how you want to control access to the charge points, reporting requirements and how you wish to charge people for its use.

Do all EVCPs charge at the same speed?

Different types of EVCPs charge electric vehicles at different speeds. The speed of charge offered should be based on how you employees/customers/visitors will use the charge point and the type of location the EVCP is installed in.

Will ground works be required as part of the electric installation?

EVCPs can be either wall mounted or ground mounted. Generally they are installed as close as possible to its power source to minimise any disruptive works. If the installation is best suited to a ground mounted pedestal away from a building, ground works to lay a supply cable may be needed.

How does the power supply affect what type of electric vehicle charge point can be installed?

If you are looking to install an EVCP which will deliver a fast or very fast speed of charging, you will need access to a 32 amp power supply. Rapid charging speed requires 63 amps. You will need to look at what supply you have available to ensure the installation is safe and delivers what you require.

Do electric vehicle charge points have any capability to communicate with a company’s internal network, reporting on who has used the charge point and when?

Yes, some manufacturers offer this, so you can for example, which allows you to cross charge employees for using an electric vehicle charge point installed at their place of work, as well as provide any necessary data for Benefit In Kind reporting.

Installing an electric vehicle charge point at home

What are the options for charging an electric vehicle at home? Can you charge it from an existing standard domestic 13 amp socket in say a garage?

You can use an existing mains socket, but this will only allow you to charge your vehicle at the slowest speed possible, so a dedicated electric vehicle charge point is recommended, which will allow you to charge it fully in about 6 hours overnight (dependant on the size of battery and level of charge). If you need one which can deliver a “fast” speed of charge, an Energeasy Drive installer can advise you.

Can you still get a charge point installed at home, if you do not have off street parking?

This may be possible, but you will need to apply to your Local Authority to get permission. Note that only off-street domestic charge points qualify for the grant subsidy to help buy your charge point.

What if you live in an apartment block and want to charge your vehicle overnight at home?

The decision to install a charge point may rest with the landlord of the apartment block, or the Local Authority, depending on who owns the land.

Financial grants and incentives

Are there any financial grants and incentives which are available to businesses, to help with purchasing electric vehicle charge points?

A selection of Energeasy Drive installers will be able to propose a finance solution to you, through Rexel’s partner finance company DLL. If you are looking to finance your EVCP installation, then email the Energeasy Drive team direct at: rexel@rexelenergysolutions.co.uk.

There is also a WorkPlace Charging Scheme (WCS) allowing a business to claim up to £6,000 on the cost of an EVC instalaltion where it is installed for staff or fleet vehicles, more details can be found here. 

New from November 2016 until the end of March 2019, business installed EV charging points will now be eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances (100% First Year write-down).

Are there any financial grants and incentives are available to domestic home owners?

Yes. There is a central UK Government scheme, called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme.

Do all makes of charge points, electric vehicles and drivers qualify for the grant?

No. Most people (with off street parking) will do so, but check the eligibility criteria.

How do you claim the grant?

Your Energeasy Drive installer will organise this for you and automatically take the grant value off the price that you pay.

Maintenance and guarantees

Do electric vehicle charge points require any maintenance, to ensure they continue to operate?

Maintenance is recommended for commercial and public charge points, especially if they need to transmit data (e.g. RFID cards) or charge company vehicles which need to be available for operational reasons.

What type of guarantee does an electric vehicle charge point come with?

A minimum of a 1 year guarantee, but some manufacturers offer 2 years.  Extended guarantees are offered by some manufacturers for commercial installations.

Charging an electric vehicle

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

This will depend mainly on the types of electric vehicle and charge point you are using, as well as the level of charge you already have. Different charge points deliver different speeds of charge, from 30 minutes up to 9½ hours, when charging a 100% electric vehicle from zero to fully charged.

How can you find out where you can charge your electric vehicle?

Using Energeasy Drive’s partner Chargemap, you can locate EVCPs, identify the speed of charge each one delivers and see which are free to use or require payment.

What type of charging lead do you need for an electric vehicle, so you can use public charge points, or charge points at a place of work?

You need to identify what type of connector your vehicle inlet is, which is where the charging lead plugs into. Find out using the Energeasy Drive charging lead selector.

How do people get charged for using an electric vehicle charge point?

Some points will be free to use, but typically you will either need to use a membership or pre-paid RFID card with an external network (CPNO Charge Point Network Operator) or pay using cash or a credit/debit card. In some cases, you can download an app to your smartphone and use this to pay.