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EV Charging can be installed as a standalone unit or as part of a wider installation with Solar Panels. Whilst in both cases you may be eligible for cheaper electric rates at night, installing Solar PV allows you to use any stored electric to charge your vehicle both at night and during the day, which means charge through your Solar Panels would be free! This is why the vast majority of people who look install Solar Panels also want a EV Charging point installed as well.
There are many options available based on personal choice, your vehicle and personal circumstances. We are more than happy to talk through each of them with you!
If you opt for an EV Charger with Solar Panels, you pay no VAT on everything!
What Is an EV Charger?
Both electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles require an EV charger to keep the battery full, just like any chargeable device or electronic.
How Does EV Charging Work?
At its most basic, an EV charger pulls an electrical current from either a 240v outlet or the grid it’s hardwired to and delivers that electricity to the vehicle, just like any other appliance or device you charge by plugging into the wall.
Charging at home
The majority of charging your vehicle will be done at home, usually overnight. If you have a driveway or garage, the cheapest and most convenient way is to install a dedicated chargepoint. Some Electric Suppliers will offer reduced rates at night. Some
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)’s EV chargepoint grant, is available to owner/occupiers of flats and renters of residential property with off-street parking. Landlords can apply for the EV chargepoint grant for landlords. Both of these cover up to 75% of the costs of installing a home chargepoint, up to a limit of £350.
While you can use a regular UK three-pin socket, it is much slower than a dedicated chargepoint and may involve running charging cables from inside your home. These cables do not have as many safety features as a type 2 cable used on chargers, and should not be used as a long-term solution for home charging.
Do you need Planning Permission?
For the vast majority of installaton, planning permission is NOT required. These installations fall within the Permitted Development Regulations. for most properties. We will be able to advise you if planning permission is required.
There is NOT VAT to pay on EV Chargers when installed as part of a Solar PV installation!
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