The Ultimate Guide to electric vehicle charging points


What is an electric vehicle charging point?

An electric vehicle (EV) charging point, also known as an EV charging station, uses electricity from an electric grid to charge pure and hybrid electric cars and vans, including popular models such as the Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Leaf, the Kia Niro, the Renault Zoe and Tesla electric cars, amongst many others.

Hybrid electric cars, which derive some of their power from a conventional engine, are sometimes referred to as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

How do I install an electric vehicle charging point?

You should always use an installer who has been fully approved and accredited by the UK’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, also known as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), to install an EV charging point, either at the workplace or at home.

As well as being accredited by OLEV, phs Compliance’s electrical engineers are trained to C&G 2919-01, approved to IET Code of Practice (incorporating BS 7671:2018) and trained fully to IET Wiring Regulations, meaning they will install, inspect and test charging equipment for pure and hybrid electric vehicles to the highest standards in the UK.

phs Compliance is also approved by Rolec, a leading manufacturer and installer of electric vehicle charging equipment, allowing us to install Rolec charging points across the UK. We are also able to gain accreditation from any leading manufacturer or supplier if required by our customer.

Are grants available to cover the costs of installing electric vehicle charging points?

Yes, the government’s Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides businesses with vouchers that contribute up to 75% of the up-front costs of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging points, up to the value of £350 per socket for a maximum of 40 sockets, using an OLEV approved installer. You can apply for vouchers here.

Domestic grants for electric vehicle charging point installations are also available and are provided by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (also known as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in England and Wales, and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) in Scotland.

Do I need to provide electric vehicle charging points at the workplace?

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide EV charging points. However, the government has announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, so the number of electric cars on the road will increase rapidly, and employees and customers will expect regular and convenient access to charging points for their vehicles.

Many forward-thinking businesses have already changed their fleets to electric vehicles in order to reduce costs and lower their carbon footprint.

Installing EV charging points using the grants currently available ensures your business is ready for the changes in the most cost-effective way. They can also present a good marketing or communication opportunity – phs Compliance can add any kind of branding or messaging to your EV charging units.

What type of electric vehicle charging point do I need?

Choose a charging point that is the most compatible with the widest range of electric vehicles. The most popular workplace charging points are wall-mounted with a Type 2 7kW charger. These charge most of the best-selling electric vehicles in 3-7 hours, but there are faster chargers and different designs available. Talk to your phs Compliance specialist about the best option for your business.

How many EV charging points do I need?

How many electric vehicle charging points you will need will depend on several factors, including the number of employees or customers that drive, or intend to drive, electric cars, how often your employees need to use their car during the day, the number of off-road parking spaces that are available and, of course, your budget.

Your phs Compliance specialist can advise you on the best approach for your business. Contact us today.

Do electric vehicle charging points require safety checks?

Yes, as it is a fixed electrical installation the ‘duty holder’ is required by law under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 to ensure that all EV charging points are safe to use and do not pose any danger to users.It is recommended that EV charging stations are tested every year, although more regular testing and inspections may be required if they are heavily used.

phs Compliance is fully approved by OLEV to inspect and test EV charging stations. We can advise you on your inspection and testing obligations, as well as providing a full inspection and testing service across the UK to ensure you remain compliant.

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Meet your electric vehicle needs with phs Compliance

The electric car market is growing rapidly with a 184% increase in the sales of pure electric cars and 139% increase in PHEV sales from the previous year in September 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

phs Compliance will support all of your electrical infrastructure requirements, ensuring you meet the growing demand for electric vehicles. As well as assessing your requirements, providing designs and completing installations for you, we will carry out regular maintenance to protect your equipment and ensure compliance at every stage, with all inspections and testing services carried out by our experienced and fully qualified engineers.

To learn more about electrical vehicle charging points, to get a quote, or simply to ask a query, please feel free to contact us now!

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