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EV Charging Point Installation – What’s the big deal?

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 29th May 2019

EV charging and grants seminar

This year we introduced a range of seminars designed to help those working in the industry maximise the opportunities out there, and to share information about how EV charging point grants can be accessed and how installers can register with OLEV.

The first EV seminars have now been run, and the feedback so far is that they were engaging and informative. We have provided an outline of the information presented below.

How the funding works

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a government initiative which has been introduced to support the early market of electric and ultra-low emission vehicles by introducing a number of grant funding Initiatives.

An electric vehicle is eligible if it appears on the OLEV eligibility list. You can view the full list of eligible vehicles here. Please note that from 1st July 2019, all chargepoints installed under the EV Homecharge Scheme must be smart. We will update you with more info nearer the time.

If you would like to find out more about how these grants work, and who can apply for them please click here. Alternatively, please register to attend one of our seminars (see info below), which aim to demystify how these grants and funding work. There are two schemes available:

EV Homecharge Scheme - EVHS
This scheme is specifically for the domestic home installation market. Its aim is to provide affordable domestic EV chargers with a value of 75% (the grant is capped at a maximum of £500 per charging unit), which is subsidised by the Government Grant. When you complete the work the customer will pay you the balance of the cost and then you apply to OLEV to receive the remainder of the install costs directly.

Eligible expenditure include:

Cost of unit

Electrical components

Civil engineering works

Labour costs (for installation)

Hardware costs

VAT incurred by the customer

Site survey works (when leading to a completed installation)

Workplace Charging Scheme – WCS
This scheme is specifically for the workplace market, but not public areas such as retail parks, unless it is for employee use only. The grant allows businesses to purchase up to 20 EV charging points, at a subsidised cost, with each 2-way charge unit having a £1,000 price reduction (£500 per socket).

With this scheme the business requiring the charging points starts the application process. The chosen installer then surveys the site and confirms whether it is suitable for installations. Once the installation is complete the installer has to complete an online grant redemption via the OLEV portal, after which a grant level is confirmed, and the installer can receive the grant.

Q&A

At the end of the seminars we give attendees an opportunity of ask questions, of which some have been answered below

Q. Do you need to register with each manufacturer to install each type of unit?
A. Yes, each manufacturer requires you to be an approved installer. However, your C&G qualification will be considered proof of your competence as an installer.

Q. How long after submitting the paperwork do you receive the grant / payment?
A. Payments can take up to 6 weeks

Q. What’s the average cost of an install?
A. This varies greatly, however from talking to installers we estimate that as a guide you could earn between £200 to £300 per install. This of course could be higher depending on the complexity of the job.

Q. How much will the new smart points cost?
A. Prices will be published in July, however we will update you on this as soon as we have the information.

Q. Can you claim 2 grants on 1 property?
A. Yes, you can. The grant is obtained on the car rather than the property, though there is a cap of two grants per household.

Q. As an approved installer, can you buy charging points direct from Rolec?
A. Unfortunately not. While Rolec are the manufacturer, you will still need to purchase these from your local wholesaler.

Q. Do you need to buy a Rolec tester to register on the Rolec scheme?
A. Yes you will need a Rolec Charge Check, however any MFT is ok for the usual Inspection and Testing.

How to get registered to draw down the funding

Only authorised installers are able to claim the grant on behalf of the domestic customer. When you pass any of our EV courses you will be able to register on Rolec’s approved installer’s s scheme where your details will then appear on their national database of installers. Once approved by Rolec you will then receive an OLEV Scheme Number which is essential to draw down any funding.

How do I get qualified?

To take advantage of the opportunities available in this high growth industry, now is a great time to get yourself qualified to become a specialist and Certified EV Charging Point Installer.

We offer three EV Charging Point training courses, which we run in partnership with Rolec. These include :

C&G 2919-01 Electric Car / Vehicle Charging Point Installers Course - A 2 day course designed for fully qualified electricians and installers. The course is intended for those looking to enhance their current skillset to allow them to install domestic, commercial and ‘on street’ vehicle charging points.

C&G 2919-02 Domestic EV Charging Point Installers Course – A 4 day course designed for Domestic Installers wishing to upgrade their knowledge and learn how to install, fault find and inspect and test domestic car charging points.

Blue: Domestic EV Car Charging Point Installers Package - A 22 day course designed for those new to the industry, or in a similar trade, who wish to carry out both domestic installations and offer a standalone domestic car charging point installation service. The new 18th Edition course is also included in this package.

Creating an extra revenue stream

Taking into account the increasing demand, we believe that now is the best time to get qualified in this exciting sector. The figures suggest this service is going to be in high demand, so arming yourself with this additional skill can future proof your earning potential, making it a great investment in your business.

It’s estimated that by 2030 50% of vehicles produced will be either electric or plug-in hybrid. Again this is great news for anyone looking to add EV charging point installation as an additional skill to boost their revenue stream

Categories: ev charging points, ev, electricians, olev, ev seminar, ev installer, electric vehicle, ev grants

Free EV Charging Seminar Now Live!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 26th February 2019

We are excited to announce we are hosting a range of free electric vehicle installer seminars. Throughout 2019 these seminars will be aimed at both existing installers and new entrants to the industry.

The seminars will be run in conjunction with Rolec EV, a division of Rolec Services that specialises in the design and manufacture of a range of electric vehicle charging solutions. The seminars, entitled Electric Vehicle Installers Seminar: What’s the big deal? have been designed to explain the opportunities available for becoming an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installer and will cover relevant and helpful topics such as:

How funding for EV charging point installation works

How to get registered in order to draw down funding

How to maximise the EV funding opportunity for you and your customers

How to train to be an EV Charging Point Installer

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on the night and a Rolec and Trade Skills 4U welcome pack will be handed out to all attendees.

When and where?

These 1 hour seminars are being planned to run throughout the year from our 4 main training centres in Gatwick, Warrington, Leeds and our new Coventry centre. The first is being held at our Gatwick centre on the 17th April 2019. More dates and venues are planned to follow shortly, so watch this space!

Carl Bennett Executive Chairman of Trade Skills 4U said: “Following a rise in demand for electric vehicle points across the country, the collaboration between both companies seemed like the perfect match to ensure that skilled electricians are ready to work in this growing sector.”

“By combining experience in training and manufacturing we have created seminars specifically designed to deliver an opportunity to our students. We believe the government’s initiative to eliminate all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 will mean the need for installing electrical vehicle points will rise significantly in the coming years.”

Kieron Alsop, Rolec EV’s Managing Director commented: “The installation of EV Charging points represents a significant business opportunity for the electrical contracting industry.”

“A recent survey undertaken by Emu Analytics confirmed that the UK is in need of a six fold increase in EV charging point deployment over the next 2 or 3 years to cope with the charging demands from the dramatically increasing numbers of Electric Vehicles being registered.”

“As a result of this new business opportunity Rolec EV is delighted to be working closely with, and supporting Trade Skills 4U in developing a range of electrical contractor charge point installation training courses at a number of their sites throughout the UK.”

“The recently opened Rolec EV Training Suite at their flag ship training centre in Leeds highlights the scale of investment and confidence both Rolec and Trade Skills 4U have in this new EV Charging industry.”

Approved Rolec Installer’s Scheme

As part of our partnership with Rolec, students who successfully pass an EV courses with us will be automatically registered on the Approved Rolec Installer’s Scheme where their name will appear on a national database enabling them to work on jobs in the local area.

If you would like to attend one of our free seminars please click here to register today!

If you are interested in finding out about the other courses we offer please visit our course finder page, alternatively please speak to a Course Adviser on 0800 856 4448, who will be happy to help.

 

Categories: ev funding, ev point installer, electric vehicle, electric car charging

Case Study - Dan Wainwright

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 16th October 2018

 

1. What did you do before you trained to become an electrician?

I was a self-employed industrial door engineer, working many hours a day. It wasn’t an exciting job and the day to day duties became too repetitive.

2. Why did you decide to take the 2365?

I chose to train as an electrician because I wanted to challenge myself and gain a nationally recognised qualification. From the research I did about the Level 2 & 3 2365, I knew it would be the best way for me train and learn in-depth knowledge of electrical systems within the right timeframe.

3. Have you taken any additional courses with TS4U? If so, which ones and why?

Yes, I have taken the 2919-01 EV charging course. I wanted to add this additional qualification on because I think EV charging is a rapidly growing industry which I want to be a part of.

4. What was your overall experience with TS4U?

I really enjoyed my time at the Warrington centre. The staff and tutors were excellent and professional from start to finish. Also, because you are studying with the same group people for a long length of time, you make some great friends who all help each out and see one another succeed.

5. What did you enjoy from the course?

That there was always something new to learn. I felt every day was different, and I was so impressed by the amount of knowledge passed on from the tutors. The practical sessions were always the best for me.

6. Did you struggle with any parts of the course?

Yes, I felt I struggled the most with the maths & science topics. However, the tutors are extremely helpful and they make sure you have a full understanding of the theory side of the course.

7. Have you managed to get any on site experience whilst studying? If so, what is this?

Yes, I’ve been wiring industrial doors on site. I feel I have become more confident as the course has gone on and feel more skilled to work on other projects now too.

8. Have you managed to find employment since training with TS4U?

I managed to find employment towards the end of my course. Through my new qualifications I have been offered and job with Chargemaster plc.

9. Where do you hope your qualifications will take you?

With the knowledge gained, I hope my new employer will make me a specialist in my choice of field.

10. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of want to become an electrician?

Don't ponder it, just do it! The qualifications can take you through any route including domestic, commercial, EV and electrical design. Retraining as an electrician has been one of the best experiences I have had and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 

Categories: qualified, career, electric vehicle, electrician

All new homes to include electric car charging points!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 11th July 2018

In 2017 the Government announced plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution. Following this, the Government has just announced that in order to cut emissions further all new homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric vehicle charging points.

Further details of a sales ban relating to conventional diesel and petrol vehicles by the year 2040 are also expected to be set out.

Dirty vehicle charging zones

The government's overall target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% of the 1990 levels by 2050.

In order to assist councils tackle emissions, ministers have unveiled a £255m fund, allocated to aid a charging infrastructure where there will be potential for charging zones to be introduced for the dirtiest vehicles.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced proposals that aim to make recharging electric vehicles much easier than refuelling petrol or diesel cars. The proposals will include the need to assess whether new homes and offices require charging points to be installed as standard.

Mr Grayling said that “these proposed measures would ensure that the UK would have one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world. The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050".

Street lights to include charge points

Mr Grayling also proposes, where there is on-street parking new street light columns should also be fitted with charging points where appropriate, making it easier for more people to recharge their vehicles.

Demand for electric vehicle points increase

It was recently reported that in the first six months of 2018 electric vehicles made up 5.5% of the UK's new car market. This compares with 4.3% from the same period in 2017.

The increase in electric vehicles will only get higher, and with this in mind coupled with Government proposals above, this is great news for any electrician looking to add EV car charging point installation as an additional revenue stream.

We are pleased to announced that we have recently partnered with Rolec and are now offering three electric vehicle charging point courses:

New Blue: Domestic EV Car Charging Point Installers Package (22 day course) – designed for new entrants who want to carry out both domestic installations and offer a standalone domestic car charging point installation service. The package includes the Bronze Domestic Installer course together with the C&G 2919-02 domestic car charging point installation course. The new 18th Edition course is also included in this package.

C&G 2919-01 Electric Car / Vehicle Charging Point Installers Course (2 day course) – designed for fully qualified electricians and covers commercial installations and all the key skills to install, fault find and inspect and test electric vehicle charging points.

C&G 2919-02 Domestic EV Charging Point Installers Course (4 day course) – designed for Domestic Installers who wish to upgrade their knowledge and learn how to install, fault find and inspect and test domestic car charging points.

Students who successfully pass these courses will be automatically registered on Rolec’s approved installer’s scheme and will appear on their national database of installers.

To find out more about the courses we offer please click here, alternatively please call our course advisors today on 0800 8056 4448.

Categories: diesel and petrol car ban, green house gas emissions, car charging, government policy, electric vehicle