Electric Vehicle Charge Point

The costs of charging your electric car

The future for electric vehicles (EVs) 

Recently NES MD Tony Edwards went to the Geneva Motor show and saw some exciting new electric vehicles  from many manufacturers. The future is looking very bright. 

In the UK, there are around 135,000 plug in vehicles on the road, of which nearly 37,000 are pure electric cars. Just 5 years ago this number was only 3,500. This increase is due to a greater choice of cars for drivers, a shift in public attitudes towards EVs and the improving network of charging stations. It is believed that by 2040 the sale of new petrol and diesel only cars will be banned by the UK government as part of the ‘Clean Air strategy’. EV’s are becoming even more attractive to consumers because the cost of lithium ion battery packs is decreasing while the battery energy density (which determines vehicle range) has doubled.

Some EV’s you may recognise the name of include Tesla, Renault ZOE, BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf; which is the best-selling EV in history with global sales of over 260,000 since 2010. UK developments include BMW confirming the fully electric Mini will be added to the 3-door Hatch range, which will be built in Oxford. This will extend their offering from the Countryman plug-in hybrid model launched in 2017. Jaguar Land Rover have also committed to build EV’s such as the I-Pace. Furthermore, Volvo are set to only build electrified models (hybrid, plug in hybrid or 100% electric) from 2019.

To encourage the adoption of EV’s the UK government have a plug- in car grant (which has been confirmed until 2020) up to £4,500 to help buyers. Plus, there is an EV home charging scheme, allowing buyers to get £500 towards the cost of installing a charge point at home. Also, as part of the upcoming Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Bill, £400 million will be invested in EV charging infrastructure, with a further £40 million available for EV charge point R&D. Today there are 112,500 public or semi-public charging points in Europe. Zap-map is a very useful website which maps UK charging points and their cost.

How many miles can an EV achieve?

Tesla’s EVs can now reach ranges of up to 370 miles. However more affordable EVs can manage 100-150 miles before charging is needed. The 40kW Nissan Leaf reaches 150 miles and development aims will improve this to 200 miles. Also, Tesla’s battery making Gigafactory, will enable a volume model to be brought to the market, and produce batteries at lower prices, which will be fully on-stream by the end of 2018.

Is it cheaper to charge at home? (based on an affordable Nissan Leaf EV 30kW)

Charging at home

Charge overnight with average overnight electricity rate = 13p per kWh. Fully charge a 30kW Nissan Leaf will cost around £3.64 (115 miles of range).

Charging at public stations

Many locations offer free charging to customers. Zap Map helps you find places. For example, some Liverpool locations cost £1 connection fee then charging is free. Others cost 30p per Kwh.

Charging at Rapid Charging stations

Shell Recharge are currently at a discounted rate of 25p per kWh until June, when the price will increase to the standard price of 49p per kWh. Therefore, fully charging a Nissan Leaf would cost nearly £20.

Ecotricity also have a network of rapid charging stations and it costs £6.50 for 30 minutes of charging. At more urban locations prices can increase to £7.20 for 30 minutes.

NES EV charge points and solar

NES believe the best option is to charge your EV at home, especially if you have Solar PV panels installed. Or if you don’t have solar PV already, then invest in it! You can then charge your EV for FREE using the energy you have generated from your solar panels. Even if you don’t get home till 6, you would have 2-3 hours in which you can still charge your car using your own generated electricity without a battery storage system. But if you have a battery, this would allow you to charge overnight form the stored excess generated energy.

Have you heard about the EV Home Charge Point Scheme? You can get up to £500 per household/eligible vehicle in this grant to help private plug- in vehicle owners offset some of the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of a domestic charge point unit.

NES are fully accredited EV Charge Point installers and only use high quality charge points from trusted manufacturers.

Call us on 0151 372 0305 to discuss your EV Charging options or about installing Solar PV. We are happy to answer questions and give you a no obligation quote.

For more information visit our site at www.nesroofingandenergy.co.uk


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