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Hybrid car owners should install a charge point?

Why should hybrid car owners with driveways install a charge point?
It’s a great question and one we’ve been asked many times, which makes the answer important information we should share with you.
Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about mild hybrids where energy is created through braking and stored in a small battery to slightly improve fuel efficiency.
I’m talking about full hybrids, which have a separate rechargeable battery that needs charging with electricity through a cable. And have a range of circa 30 miles before the combustion engine kicks in.
Let’s take this recent charge point installation as an example…
This was not a standard installation. It’s an old house with extra thick walls with a long 20 metre cable run from the house, under a couple of flags and through a grassed garden.
It took Micky (one of experienced installers) a full day, half of which was digging the trench and the other half completing the safe electrical installation.
The customer choose this socketed Sync EV (which is the smallest EV charge point in the world) because they wanted something stylish and discreate, plus it had to fit on the gate post.
Here’s the thing though. They only have a full hybrid car. So why go the expense of fitting a charge point when you can charge from a standard plug socket to full overnight?
Because they’re clever. They found out the government charge point grant (worth £350) is changing next year, moving from people with driveways to more challenging charging situations.
They also know after this hybrid, they’re next vehicle will be full electric, and a charge point will definitely be required, but by then their opportunity to claim the grant will have vanished.
So, as their full hybrid is on the charge point grant approval list, they’ve done it now, saving £350. Whilst also dramatically reducing their hybrid battery charging to just an hour.
…the learning? If you’ve got a full hybrid on the grant approval list, why not be clever too?

Alison Whitfield

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15 July 2021
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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

Not sure if you are eligible?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

Not standard installation?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.