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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

10 Amazing Electric Vehicles Coming Soon

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 21st March 2017

The first ever cars were in fact electric. They looked very different back then and were far from the sleek machines that are starting to appear on our roads at present. With the electric car market set to explode over the next few years we thought we would take a look at what’s on the horizon and could end up driving down a road near you soon.

1. VW Budd-e

Probably the most hyped electric car is not a car at all. There is a lot of buzz around the VQ microbus known as the Budd-e. It has some pretty impressive lines and boasts a corner sofa in the back. However we will have to wait at least 3 years before we see one on the roads.

2. Porsche Mission E

What more can we say but look at this! It is a thing of beauty and it will be 100% electric. The only down side is we don’t expect this to go on general sale until 2020.

3. Audi R8 E-Tron

The Audi E-Tron lives up to its name with futuristic style and classic lines. However this is not a car of the future but a car of the past. Only 100 were ever made and it is making way for new models currently in production.

4. Faraday FFZERO1

When I look at this I see just 1 thing. The BATMOBILE! But having said that it does look incredible and is really pushing the boundaries of design. However these are not the only boundaries Faraday is pushing as they are a new company setting up from scratch. Again it is rumoured 2020 is the earliest we will see this car on the road.

5. Mercedes Benz FO15

This car really stands out for its simple but futuristic design. It is intended to be an autonomous self driving car and this results in a unique interior designed to provide an immersive digital experience. However we don’t anticipate this being available to buy anytime before 2020.

6. Jaguar I-Pace

You won’t have to wait too long for the I-Pace, its due to be released in the second half of 2018. If you do want to buy one it will cost around £10-15K more than the F-Pace.

7. Mercedes Generation EQ

Expected to hit the roads in 2018 or 2019 this electric SUV has some unique styling points and  is rumoured to have a range of over 500Km. It will be a direct competitor to the I-Pave featured above.

8. Audi E-Tron Quattro

Expected in 2018 the E-Tron Quattro has the makings of a great car. It has three motors which will provide up to 500 bhp. It looks like an SUV but will only have 4 seats.

9. Citroen E-Mehari

Trust Citroen to come up with something completely different. The E-Mehari is an electric beach buggy set to be launched by the end 2017. It will have a interior which can be completely hosed down and believe it or not it is based on the Citroen 2CV. We all know how good they were to drive.

10. The E-Dub

During our research we stumbled across this. It's an original camper van that has been converted to run on electricity. It still uses much of the original camper mechanics including the clutch and gearbox. The interior has been altered too. The E-Dub can be hired for the weekend if you want to give a it a try.

 

 

Categories: electric cars, ev

Rapid Charging Equals Rapid Growth for EV

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 21st June 2016

If you watched Top Gear at the weekend you may have seen the review of the Tesla Model X. This electric car has a range of 250 miles and this was tested to the max by the Rory Reid who covered 200 miles in it and beat a ford mustang in a drag race. After all that he still had 21 miles range left. In the show Rory said "The future is now!" and it really seems to be the case with EV coming of age in 2016. 

Recent news also confirmed that by 2025 Norway has pledged to ban the sale of all petrol based vehicles. This is a clear indicator of the future for electric vehicles and the possibilities for installers of EV charging points. 

Not only is there more noise about electric cars in the media but what is more apparent is just how common place they are becoming on UK roads. Simply take a drive and you are almost guaranteed to see an electric car on your journey. This is in part due to the increases in range for many vehicles making them a much wiser choice when customers are looking to upgrade their current vehicles.

For instance the new Nissan Leaf has a 155 mile range and if you buy one Nissan will lend you a car 14 days a year for those longer journeys. When you add to that the savings you could make by going electric it almost becomes a no brainer to buy one for those with long drives to work. If you currently spend around £200 a month on fuel a switch to electric would save you around £175 in fuel costs and that’s before we even start looking at road tax and other costs.

This is why all of a sudden we are seeing an increase in demand for electric cars, not just because of the environmental benefits but also because it is now financially viable.

So What’s Happening with Electric Car Sales?

This can be seen in electric car sales which have increased by around 60% per year for the last few years. This is the same rate at which sale of the original Ford Model T grew back in the early 1900’s before cars replaced horses as the travel.

It is expected that around 2020 – 2024 electric cars will make such a big impact upon the world economy that we will have a surplus of oil as demand for petrol and diesel cars drops.

What’s happening with charging point installation?

There was a big push to get the network up and running back in 2011 and then steady growth since then. However the latest in technology rapid charging points are likely to drive the market forwards over the coming years. Many of these rapid charging points will require an upgraded supply meaning the installation is likely to be a larger job. The growth in installations is mapped below and broken out by charger type.

Zap Map esitimate that currently as of the 21st June 2016 the UK currently has 6266 public devices in 4066 locations. The market is currently growing by 270 installations every month.

The value of the infrastructure market is predicated to more than double in the next 5 years.

Domestic vs Commercial Points?

Worldwide it is predicted that growth in the domestic market will outstrip that of the commecial. 

“Deployments of EV charging stations are critical to enable a widespread adoption of electric plug-in vehicles,” said Ben Scott, senior analyst at IHS Automotive. “Most charging stations are expected to be installed in domestic applications, such as a dedicated wall box or simply a charging cord plugged into a household power source,” said Scott.

According to IHS Automotive, the global production market for pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles is expected to grow significantly between 2014 and 2020. The global EV Charger (EVC) market is forecast to grow from more than 1 million units in 2014 to more than 12.7 million units in 2020.

A recent report published by AMA research states:

"Fast chargers represent the largest market sector by volume, with standard speed chargers also a significant part. Rapid chargers, which are relatively new, more expensive and can require upgrades to the electrical supply, remain smaller in terms of volume, but this sector is growing rapidly and answers the need for fast recharging."

There is so much data out there that we could go on and on. However if you want to look into this market further we have found some great websites from which many of the graphs and stats above are taken including AMA Research  Zap Map and Next Green Car.

What is clear is that there will be a huge international demand for installation of EV in the coming years so if you want to get into this market make sure you check out our current EV charging point installers course here.

 

Categories: ev, ev charging