Why switch to electric? Are electric cars really better for the environment? How convenient is it to charge them? And how does their performance compare to their petrol predecessors?
Whilst electric vehicles have now been on the market for over a decade, their benefits have remained relatively hidden. We shine a light on why the latest electric models really should be at the top of your list when choosing your next vehicle. The future starts here.
Yes…electric cars really are better for the environment
Even taking into account the vehicle production and the generation of the electricity required to power them, electric cars are still responsible for fewer emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their life than a petrol or diesel car. Over the course of a year, a single electric car saves on average 1.5 million grams of CO2 – the equivalent of 4 return flights from London to Barcelona. If you’re serious about reducing your carbon footprint, switching to electric is a no brainer.
The health benefits of EVs
So, more people moving to electric means less harmful exhaust emissions. In crowded cities, this will make a massive difference to air quality and a reduction in all the health problems associated with air pollution. EVs are also much quieter than petrol/diesel vehicles.
Electric cars save you money
Choose electric and you will enjoy the benefit of much lower running costs. Charging an EV works out at a third as much per kilometre as filling the same car with petrol. Not only that – electric cars are also cheaper to maintain. Pure electric cars have just one moving component, the rotor, so there is relatively little servicing and no expensive parts to replace. Even hybrid vehicles are cheaper to maintain as the result of having an electric motor results in less wear and tear of the petrol engine components.
It often comes as a surprise to first time drivers of electric cars that they actually have extremely high torque power with a smooth and speedy pick-up that outstrips petrol and diesel equivalents. Advocates of EVs also comment on the comfort of the ride – which makes non-electric vehicles feel rather clumsy and clunky. It really is worth taking a test drive to feel the benefits yourself.
Finally, the sheer convenience of being able to charge at home should not be underestimated. With We Power Your Car, the entire process of selecting your EV charger, purchasing and installation can be sorted with the click of a button – so it’s all set up and ready to go for when you first quietly and smoothly pull into the drive in the carbon friendly electric car of your dreams. What’s not to like?
Ready to make the switch? Contact us today.
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.