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Electric Vehicle Charging
There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast, and slow. These represent the power outputs, and also the charging speeds, available to charge an Electric Vehicle (EV) . The power is measured in kilowatts (kW).
Rapid chargers are the fastest way to charge an EV, and are mostly DC charging. This can be split into two categories –ultra-rapid and rapid. Ultra-rapid points can charge at 100+ kW – often 150 kW – and up to 350 kW, and are DC only. Rapid points make up the majority of the UK’s rapid charging infrastructure and charge at 50 kW DC, with 43 kW AC rapid charging is often also available.
Fast chargers include those which provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which typically fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours. The most common public charge point found in the UK is a 7 kW untethered Type 2 inlet, though tethered connectors and are available for both Type 1 and Type 2 connectors.
Slow unit chargers are rated between 3 kW to 6 kW These are best used for overnight charging, usually taking between 8-12 hours
Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost-effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available for the installation of home EV charge points.
Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, and can halve the time required to fully charge an EV, depending on model.
In most cases, home-based charging requires off-street parking to avoid trailing cables across public footpaths and public areas.
An increasing number of companies are installing workplace EV charging units for use by employees and visitors. As with home-based charging, plugging-in an EV at the workplace charging makes sense, as an employee’s vehicle will typically be stationary for most of the day when it can be conveniently charged. Work-based chargers can also play a role in attracting customers to visit a commercial or retail site.
While workplace charge points are similar to home-based units, power-ratings tend to be higher with more 7 kW and 22 kW units installed. Many business units feature a double socket, allowing them to charge two cars at the same time.
Company benefits in the form of grants and enhanced capital allowances are available for workplace charging units.
Home Electrical services can provide advice and installation to both domestic and commercial environments
Government backed grants are available to help with the installation costs of the electrical vehicle charging units
We at Home Electrical services can provide help with the application process to secure the government grant and can find our registration on the OLEV website as a competent registered installer. All installations are carried out professionally and can be tailored around your time scale including weekends and evenings.
All Electrical charging installations will be registered and notified with the DVLA and local DNO (Distribution Network Operator) to ensure compliance with the IET Regulatory Guidelines BS 7671-2018
All installations are provided with a manufactures guarantee and Electrical installation safety Certificate