A guide to installing an electric car charging point


  • About Electric Cars

Electric cars, or EV’s (electric vehicles), are certainly here to stay.

It now seems almost inevitable that over the few decades electric cars will totally replace our currently air polluting petrol and diesel vehicles.

And, it makes absolute common sense; electric cars are much kinder to our blue and hopefully evergreen planet.

Governments throughout the world recognise that the time is ripe for change; production and sales of electric vehicles are often subject to encouraging financial relief through subsidies and purchase grants.

Your knowledgeable supplier will advise as to what ‘deals’ are currently available.

What’s more, electric transport is quieter and much easier on the pocket requiring less expensive running care and maintenance.

The technology is advancing at pace; currently a car can travel up to 300 miles on one electrical charge, (The electrical energy is stored in a rechargeable battery or batteries). That’s OK for day to running but a top-up will be required for longer journeys.

Presently, by way of compromise and necessity, hybrid vehicles are now readily available. These combine electronic technology with a traditional fossil fuel back-up; longer journeys are thus possible without fear of halting due to lack of electric juice.

The greater the number of fill-up stations, or public charging points, available the greater the number of electric cars we’ll see on our roads. Fortunately charging stations are becoming more and more prevalent as the demand for the cars continues to rise and prices begin to fall.

  • A charging point at home?

Yes, of course fully electric cars or hybrids can be charged from a home mains power point, much in the same way as you’d charge a mobile phone. The power source will more than likely be located in the garage and your car will usually be ‘put on charge’ overnight. A full charge will usually take approximately 6 hours.

However, the regular use of a household mains socket for such a task is certainly not recommended.

So, as a priority, install a properly regulated charging point!

  • Installing a more efficient means of EV charging!

General advancements in safety and efficiency ensure that electric car charging systems have likewise evolved. It’s time to catch-up, the triple pin plug has been superseded by a much safer and more effective charging system.

A well designed home charging unit will save you money, virtually guaranteed to significantly reduce charging times to maybe less than 3 hours!

OK, you’re going to have an increased domestic electricity bill, but that’ll pale into insignificance when compared to the savings on the petrol polluting alternative!

  • In conclusion

Owning an electric vehicle is fast becoming the ultimate no-brainer. How much do you pay for a full tank of petrol?

Fully charging your EV can, and will, probably cost less than 5p!

As battery technology advances so will the amount of miles attainable from one charge. Nevertheless, electric vehicles, even bearing in mind their current limitations, really do present a sound investment.

An investment that’s mutually advantageous to your pocket and the future of our planet.

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