Electric Vehicle Charging FAQs
To qualify for congestion charge exemption your vehicle will need to meet strict emissions limits. These are defined as any plug-in hybrid car that produces less than 75g/km of carbon dioxide and is capable of doing a minimum of 20 miles of electric-only running. Fully electric cars are also exempt as they don’t give off any emissions and only use battery power.
This depends on your vehicle but for our purposes, we’re going to use a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery and around a 200-mile range.
According to some of the most recent studies (2021), the cost of charging at home will equate to around £9.20 for a full charge. Rapid charging locations can be found at major motorway service stations and will often charge by time instead of amount. These costs are typically £6.50 for a 30 min charge which would equate to about a 100-mile range. There are also free charging sites with workplaces and some public locations offering free charges to promote electric vehicle use.
These prices will vary according to the type of vehicle you have.
Installing an advanced electric vehicle charging point or points is easy with Trent Vehicle Charging.
Our team will start with a free survey and initial assessment before suggesting a system and installation programme. Once signed off, we will send a team out to install your vehicle charge points. Our installations are carried out with BS7671 wiring regulations and IET Best Practice Guidance.
Every installation is different but the basic steps for a charge point installation are;
- Install wiring from the consumer unit or distribution board to the chargepoint
- Install chargepoint to the wall and connect the wiring to it.
- Install any other associated equipment required and connect the wiring to it.
- Make the final connection to the CU or DB.
- Carry out inspection and testing of the circuit for certification.
- Commission the chargepoint.
- Hand over to the customer.
Once installed we will make sure your charge point is working efficiently and even offer ongoing maintenance checks to ensure the longevity and safety of your charge point.
Only plug-in hybrids, otherwise known as PHEVs, can be charged at a charge point. These vehicles have all the benefits of electric and petrol vehicles and many people have taken to opting for PHEV before committing to a fully electric vehicle.
This all depends on the vehicle you have and the charge point you are using to charge. Most electric vehicle owners rarely use the full charge before finding somewhere to top up. For example, rapid charging points can add 100 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.
However, if you do need to charge to full you can use the benchmark of fewer than 8 hours to charge a 60kWh battery to full on a 7kW charging point. This time will change depending on the size of the vehicle’s battery and the speed of the charge point.
Some vehicle charging stations are free. Workplaces are one of the biggest proponents of free charging with company parking lots offering employees free vehicle charges as a perk. You can also find free charging points at various public spaces. When planning a trip, it’s a good idea to search for free charge points en route and plan your trip with these stops in mind.
Not counting private charge points there are now more than 35,000 charge points across the UK. These points are all easy to find on sites like Zap Map with over 13,000 locations up and down the country servicing electric vehicle charging needs. This industry is booming with 2020 seeing more than 7,000 new charge point connections installed with the largest increase in ultra-rapid 150-350kW chargers.
EVs have come a long way with the range of vehicles depending on the model and purpose. Smaller, city-focused cars are incredibly efficient and quick to charge but max out at under a 100-mile range. Mid-range family vehicles can achieve between 100-200 miles on a single charge, while premium EVs like Teslas and Jaguars can reach more than 250-300 miles on a single charge.
If you’re using one of the modern plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) then you will mainly rely on the combustion engine for travel with the electric-only mode working for between 15-40 miles. PHEVs, when using both fuel types, can easily reach 500 miles or more.
In short, yes. There are several claims that producing electric batteries is bad for the environment but EV batteries can be recycled and repurposed. EVs also have zero emissions which is a drastic improvement on the fumes released by petrol and diesel engines daily.
Electric car batteries, like petrol car batteries, have a lifespan. Most new electric vehicles will have a warranty on the batteries with most car manufacturers offering a time or mileage warranty. Make sure to check your car’s warranty so you know exactly the circumstances for a replacement.
When EV batteries need to be retired they can be used in other industries such as solar panels for homes or in industrial uses. This creates a closed-loop system that makes better use of the materials used in making the lithium batteries in EVs.
Large car manufacturers like Nissan and Volkswagen have also begun to offer customers a recycling scheme with Toyota planning to install retired batteries in convenience stores around Japan to supply power. Renault also has a home energy battery storage scheme in place for retired batteries.
Batteries that aren’t repaired for use in vehicles or used in recycling schemes have to be disposed of safely. Volkswagen is leading the charge in this endeavour as they are introducing a scheme to break down batteries safely and extract materials such as nickel, manganese, and lithium which can then be used to create new batteries.
Solar PV System FAQs
If you do not opt for battery storage, the best way to get the most out of your solar panel installation is to use your generated energy during the day. Therefore, ensuring appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers etc. are using your free energy rather than in the evening when you need to pay. You may be able to set timers via your appliances smart app if you are not at home.
Yes, we do get more than enough solar energy to make solar panels for your home a worthwhile investment. Even when it is cloudy.
Planning permission is not required for standard installations. However, if your home is a listed building, world heritage site or does not meet the standard installation guidelines, permission should be sought.
If your roof is south, east, or west facing your home will benefit from having solar panels installed. However, North facing roofs will not be as efficient as they receive less sunlight.
The pitch of your roof should be between 20o – 50o.
After we have assessed your site survey our team will talk you through your options. We offer both in-roof solar panels and on-roof panels. The in-roof panels replace your roof tiles so sit flush to your roof. Whereas the on-roof sit on top of your tiles. Our on-roof panels come with black frames rather than silver, as it helps to soak up more sun and they also look nicer.
To ensure the safety of our installers we will place up the scaffolding ourselves.
Battery storage is a good addition to any solar panel installation as it allows you to store energy you have generated during the day. This energy can then be used during the evening or to even charge your electric car.
Battery Stoarge FAQs
By investing in battery storage you can save money as you will be storing electricity and therefore, relying less on the grid. The electricity you store can be used when the energy prices are higher throughout the day, saving you money on your bill. You can even track and monitor your usage via the app giving you more insight and control.
No, you can have a battery storage as a standalone item. You can take energy from the grid when the electricity prices are low during the day and use during the evening when prices are higher.
Battery storage systems are also a great addition to solar panels and wind generation, allowing you to store your electricity until you need it.
Once your site survey has been completed, we will assess your usage, what renewable technologies you have and how much electricity they produce. From this, we will advise on the amount of storage you need. A typical single home battery is from 2.5kWh to 5 kWh. Please note, as your home becomes more sustainable you can add more storage batteries over time.
Yes, the systems we offer allow you to charge your battery directly from the grid at off peak times, and automatically transfer to battery power at peak times.
When we complete our site survey, we will advise on suitable locations for your battery storage system. The batteries come as either wall mounted or floor mounted.
Yes, in the event of a power cut our battery storage units will restore critical loads, as long as there is sufficient back-up.
If you have Solar PV panels then yes, this possible.