2020 has been a big year for the electric vehicle industry. When it comes to the latest in technology, electric cars have really pushed one step further. With many more manufacturers releasing their electric models, and even supercar brands committing to focusing on an electric-powered future, we’ve seen plenty of advancement in the industry.
But what are the biggest developments this year? From a reduction in car times to improvement in charging infrastructure, we’ve seen it all. Here are the biggest advancements in the EV industry this year 👇
EV charging plugs now offer 3 differences in speed, such as slow, fast and rapid.
Fast and rapid charging units would typically be found at petrol stations or motorway services, whereas, ‘slower’ charging units are better suited to home charging, as they take between 6 and 12 hours to fully recharge your vehicle, at 7kW. When you don’t need to be recharged so fast, you can use a slower charger for your electricity consumption at home.
Of course, when you’re looking for the ideal solution to domestic charging, we can take the hassle out of finding the right charger and getting it installed for you.
Big name manufacturers are becoming increasingly interested in the EV market and this year, we’ve seen introductions from Audi and Mercedes.
Audi’s e-tron launch continues to go from success to success with the Sportback and 50 models proving fully customisable and allowing drivers to have the electric car of their dreams.
The EQ range from Mercedes is also gathering pace with the EQC and EQV being joined early next year by the EQA which has impressed in winter testing conditions, having been initially intended to hit the market at the end of 2020.
In fact, supercar manufacturer Bentley had announced in early November that they would be producing electric-only cars from 2030 – ahead of the UK Government’s confirmation that the ban on new petrol/diesel cars would be brought forward to 2030.
Bentley were the first luxury car manufacturer to develop a hybrid vehicle, but this latest step takes them one step closer towards their electric SUV future, and specifically their EXP 100 GT Concept.
Charging capability on-the-go and while travelling around the country has long been a topic of debate when it comes to switching to an EV. With so many more vehicles set to hit the market in the next 5 years – 8 million more according to comparison website CompareTheMarket – it’s important that our charging infrastructure also grows just as rapidly.
We’ve seen in 2020 that many more supermarkets, fast food restaurants and other national retailers have invested in installing electric vehicle charge points in their car parking facilities. KFC is just the latest to announce the upcoming installation of their rapid-charging pay-as-you-charge option. Earlier this year, McDonalds committed to servicing all 1,300 of their drive-thru locations with EV chargers nationwide.
But, when it comes to your home charging solution, we have you covered. We Power Your Car is the one-stop-shop for getting the perfect EV charger for your vehicle installed at your home.
There are no hidden costs either; everything is included in our fixed price quote. No matter which electric vehicle you choose to buy for your next car, let us sort your EV charging. Find the right charger in under a minute by answering a few simple questions here.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.