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Blog – Why Go Electric?

With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars creeping closer, you may be thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle.

In this blog, we will be discussing some of the top reasons why you should take the plunge into the wide world of EVs.

So, let’s dive in!

1) Lower Running Costs

Electric cars have fewer moving parts than petrol or diesel vehicles. Specific maintenance on various car parts such as spark plugs, timing belts, and catalytic converters are not needed with electric vehicles, as the parts just don’t exist. Other maintenance such as engine oil changes are also not required. Therefore, routine maintenance tends to be much cheaper for electric vehicles. You are less likely to have to take an electric vehicle to the garage, too, as fewer parts mean less to break or go wrong.

Charging your electric vehicle is also cheaper than filling up with fuel. Let’s take the Nissan Leaf (2018) with a range of 168 miles; for example, it will cost you approximately £6.12 to fully charge at home. For a bigger electric vehicle, such as a Tesla Model S, with a range of 388 miles, it is approximated to only cost you £16.15 to charge fully at home. Think about how much you spend on fuel every week – it’s usually significantly more to fill up your petrol or diesel car with a full tank of fuel than charging an EV.

With a smart electric vehicle charger at home, you can also schedule your charging for when the demand for the grid is low, ensuring even cheaper charging prices! Or, with an Ohme Home Pro, you can sign up to the Octopus Agile tariff and even get paid to charge! Learn more about paid to charge here.

2) Free Parking

If you have an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, you can apply for a green parking permit and park for free in city centres/council-owned car parks, although this is dependent on your local council. Private car parks also often offer discounted parking tickets for fully electric vehicles.

In certain areas, there are parking bays where you can park and charge your EV for FREE! Please have a look on Zap-Map to find exactly where they are; however, most of the free chargers are found at supermarkets! To locate these charge points across the country select “free to use” within the payment filter on Zap-Map.

3) Tax Incentives

Since April 2020, all pure electric vehicles have been exempt from VED (road tax) in the UK. Many owners of petrol and diesel cars can pay more than £1,000 in road tax every year; however, zero-emission vehicles are exempt not only in the first year but all subsequent years.

4) Exemption from certain charges

If you live in London and own a car, you will understand the burden of the congestion charge! However, owning a zero-emissions EV allows you to be exempt from the pesky £15 daily charge. Not only that, but if you have a fully electric vehicle and enter the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone),  you are also exempt from the daily £12.50 fee!

5) Help Save the Environment

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICTT) reported that EVs produce most of their emissions during manufacturing. However, in terms of overall lifetime emissions, electric vehicles have the upper hand, producing significantly less than petrol and diesel cars. This is because they are zero emission vehicles, whereby they produce no direct exhaust or tailpipe emissions. Not only does reduced air pollution help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint, but it is also better for public health!

What’s more, technology is advancing. Some smart chargers such as the Hypervolt and Smappee allow you to charge your electric vehicle with solar energy. Furthermore, more research is also going into the recycling and reuse of electric vehicle batteries ensuring a more sustainable future for electric vehicles.

6) Government Incentives

There are various government grants that come with switching to electric:

The Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG)

New fully electric cars are eligible for the plug-in car grant (PiCG). The government contributes up to £1,500 towards the purchase of a new fully electric car costing £32,000 or less. This was previously £3,000; however, the government dropped the grant at the end of last year. Buyers of wheel-chair accessible electric cars will continue to benefit from the previous rates of a maximum of £2,500 grant on EV car models up to £35,000. Take advantage of this grant whilst you still can!

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS, or sometimes called the “OZEV Grant”)

OZEV is encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles through various grants, discounts, and tax savings. One of these grants is The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides a 75% contribution to the cost of an EV home charger and its installation. This grant is capped at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The EVHS grant is commonly known as the OZEV grant because it is governed by The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

Since the start of the EVHS scheme, the grant has been specifically for UK homeowners with dedicated off-street parking on their property, such as a garage or a driveway. However, owners of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and bungalows will no longer be eligible for the £350 EVHS grant from April 2022 as part of the reforms.

After this deadline, residents living in flats or apartments will be eligible for the grant, in addition to landlords and building owners.

7) Smoother and Smarter Ride

Driving an EV is practically silent, and not only is that pretty cool, but it makes for a relaxing driving experience. Accelerating and decelerating in an electric car is also very smooth, and it’s easier to reach higher speeds in less time compared to petrol and diesel cars. Not only that, but electric cars also have regenerative braking. This is when wasted energy from the process of slowing down is used to recharge your car batteries, making your brakes more efficient.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

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Underground cable

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.

Overhead cable

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.

Standard Installation
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.