Why high pricing for public car charging must stop?

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People must be protected from excessive pricing for public electric car charging…

Charging an electric car at home is much cheaper than using public charge points, and this could put financial pressure on people who are less able to afford a charge point at home.

Currently the government provide a £350 grant towards the installation cost, but this is only available to those with their own off-road parking where the charge point is to be fitted.

But not everyone has a driveway or off-road parking that they own.

Although, for those that do and already have or have on order a full hybrid or electric vehicle (and don’t currently have a charge point) we suggest you take advantage of the grant now and get a charge point installed, as the grant (£350) for you will disappear early next year.

For the rest of us, the government need to make public car charging infrastructure easily accessible, reliable and without it costing the earth to charge our cars.

In our opinion, a big driver for people to adopt electric vehicle technology is the huge savings they can achieve against the cost of buying petrol or diesel.

You may be aware, the UK plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and hybrids by 2035. This should mean that most cars on the road by 2050 are electric.

However, at present there is a disparity between how much it costs to charge a car at home, compared to public car charging (which is way more expensive), and may be a factor in stopping those that can’t fit a home charge point (due to price or location) from buying an electric vehicle.

Charging electric vehicles should be convenient, straight forward, and inexpensive. Drivers must not be disadvantaged by price or accessibility, by where they live or how they charge their vehicles.

…but if you have a driveway and can afford it, best get your home car charger fitted now.


Alison Whitfield

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12 August 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.