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Why some hybrid drivers are being very clever?


When should you get an electric car charge point installed?

Out of 157,000 new vehicle registrations last month only 8% were pure electric, with hybrids making up 33%, and petrol & diesel still going strong on 59%.

For the 8% who’ve purchased a pure electric vehicle a fast charge point makes sense, because changing with a 3-pin plug will take north of 24 hours.

But we’ve always been honest with people who have a hybrid vehicle and want a charge point installed, either at home or at their workplace.

Realistically you only get 20 to 30 miles on a full battery when charging a hybrid car.

So, why would you bother paying £100’s of pounds for a fast charge-point to be fitted, when you can fully charge it in a few hours using a 3-pin plug?

Some people say it’s for convenience, as they don’t like sticking a cable through an open window or leaving their door ajar for several hours.

Other hybrid drivers are being quite clever and are thinking long-term.

You see, the £350 grant towards a home charge point installation is changing next March. We’ve been told those with off-road parking will no longer be able to claim the grant.

DVLA are saying it’s going to be redistributed to help people who live in more challenging vehicle charging properties, such as apartments and terraced houses.

These clever hybrid drivers and long-term thinkers (who’s cars still qualify) are choosing to get a fast charge point fitted anyway, so they don’t lose out on getting the grant.

They’re not daft, they know their next vehicle after this hybrid will be a full electric, and they’d rather pay £100’s now rather than close to a £1,000 a few years down the line.

…clever some of those hybrid drivers, don’t you think?


Alison Whitfield

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24 June 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.