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. These include single and dual socket charge points, wall and ground mounted units and units powered by either a single or a 3 phase power supply.
Every commercial charge point installation has its own opportunities and challenges, with considerations such as the proximity of your employee/customer car park to your power supply and how easy it is to control access to the car park, so only your employees/customers can use the charge point.
Another point to bear in mind in regards to whether you chose a unit that sends data communications or not is whether a charge point is “future proof”. Electric Vehicles are constantly changing in respects of their set-up and the connectivity to electric vehicle charge points, these changes may potentially cause a problem in the future unless you or the manufacturer are able to communicate directly with the charge point to upgrade firmware etc.
There is a value to the data that a smart charging unit can provide and offer in the case of updates etc going forward!
To find out which charge point may be best suited to your commercial sector, with Energeasy Drive you can identify which charging solution is the best for your property .
Generally people look to install a charge point as close as possible to its power source. This would be ideal if you have a car parking space next to an external wall, as a wall mountedcharge point could be installed next to it.
However, the installation may be best suited to a ground mounted pedestal away from the building itself, which would require ground works by laying a supply cable underground to the charge point in your car park. This would be discussed and confirmed with your Energeasy Drive installer, after they have reviewed access to the power supply, installation costs and specific site requirements.
EVCPs have different options for charging times . How your employees, guests or customers use your charge points will determine if you need to fit one that is capable of charging slowly, fast, very fast or even a rapid charger that can charge a vehicle within 30 minutes!
For example, a hotel which allows its guests to charge their vehicle overnight could offer a slow charge EVCP, as the typical charging time would be 6 hours. In contrast, a gym where most people spend two hours on average would require as a minimum a fast (3 hour) or a very fast (1 hour) EVCP. These typical charge times are based on the time taken to fully recharge the vehicle. In practice, many people visiting say their local gym or restaurant may only require a partial charge, to help replenish the electricity they have used travelling to your premises
There are various options for electric vehicle charging points (EVCP) (download a printable version here) which include:
Free to use
Token or coin mechanism
RFID card or smart phone app on an internal company network
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There are numerous 3 rd party networks in the UK and abroad that provide publicly accessible EVCPs, where the driver needs to provide proof that they are a member of that network to use the EVCP. It’s a bit like different mobile phone networks, where your SIM card gives you access to make calls using Vodaphone or O 2 etc.
Examples of EVCP network operators include BMWi ChargeNow, ChargeMaster Polar Network, CYC Charge-Your-Car, Source London and many others. Drivers pay an annual membership fee to be able to charge their vehicle at particular EVCPs, which could be for free, or at a rate determined by the EVCP network.
Remember, you may also need to purchase a lead to charge your vehicle for when you are on the go, as not all electric vehicles come supplied with one.
RFID Card or Smart Phone App
Bank card access / Pay As You Go
Depending on your electric vehicle driving habits, you may be able to satisfy your charging requirements between say your home, workplace and any public charge points you use regularly (e.g. at your local supermarket). If however your driving takes you longer distances and to places you do not often visit, then becoming a member of a network may be advisable.
There are a number of ways to charge your vehicle at home, which are referred to as “ modes ” by charge point and vehicle manufacturers.
This type of charge point comes with a lead that is attached to the charge point and which cannot be removed.
Instead of a domestic charge point having a tethered lead, you can install a charge point with a standard 7 pin electric vehicle charging socket, which can be used by all electric vehicles. This means that if any friends/family come to visit who also have an electric vehicle, they will be able to charge up.
You will need to buy this lead, but it will be the same lead that you will require to charge your vehicle when you are out and about. The vehicle inlet end of the lead must have the correct type of connector that fits your chosen electric vehicle. Find out which connector you need and select your EVCP, using the Energeasy drive product selector , then you can purchase a charging lead .
|A 13 amp charging lead which is usually (but not always) supplied with your new electric vehicle, which delivers only the slowest speed of charge. It can be plugged into a standard household 13 amp socket (e.g. in your garage), or into a specially fitted exterior 13 amp socket in a location that is more convenient for charging your vehicle. Please note that these sockets are not eligible for OLEV grant funding .|
The vehicle inlet end of the lead must have the correct type of connector that fits your chosen electric vehicle. Find out which connector you need and select your EVCP, using the Energeasy drive product selector , then you can purchase a charging lead .
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If you are a member of a network , you will be able locate their EVCPs via their website or mobile phone app. Some networks are able to link to a satellite navigation system. For example, BMWi ChargeNow shows real time information based on your route and distance to the EVCP.
Other third party websites and apps collate information about all EVCPs available and plot them on a map for you. You can locate various EVCPs with Energeasy Drive’s partner, Chargemap .
Typically both network and third party websites/apps will show for each EVCP: