So, you’re looking into buying an EV! There are always many things to consider with any car purchase – let alone an EV. Buying an EV is new and unknown to many people, but also exciting and rewarding, and We Power Your Car can aid you in this process. Read on for everything you need to know about buying an EV so we can help you to make all the right choices.
First off – what is an EV?
Well, in short, an electric vehicle! There are three main types of EV to choose from: battery electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. Battery EVs run purely off battery power – and require no fuel at all. These vehicles are the most environmentally friendly with zero emissions at the tailpipe, come with the bonus of no road tax (or congestion charge) and are cheap to run. Hybrids, at the other end of the scale, do not need to be charged at all. The battery is used merely for making certain functions of the vehicle more efficient. In the middle sits the plug-in hybrid which is fuelled by both electricity and fuel.
Which one should you choose?
Well it’s up to you of course, but battery electric vehicles are green, and create savings not only on tax but also on fuel – charging is far cheaper than traditional petrol. A plug-in hybrid could offer multiple benefits and for some people a layer of comfort as the combination of two fuelling systems lowers the worry of either running out!
Of course, battery range and charging are a major concern for many first-time electric vehicle buyers. EVs are becoming increasingly common, and the technology is developing rapidly. Now, one charge can last a battery EV over 300 miles. This varies by model, but the vast majority can travel more than 200 miles. Plug-in hybrids on average can do 30 miles on battery power.
Therefore, ‘how do I use my car?’ is an important question to ask yourself. If you are commuting miles and miles each day then a plug-in hybrid may be more suitable, but for zipping around a city, visiting friends and family – maybe a battery EV is the perfect fit!
Charging has been historically problematic for EVs but as electric vehicles are becoming more present on our roads, charging ports are far more commonplace at petrol stations and places of work than ever before.
That being said, home charging is probably the main way you will charge your electric car. Your car is stationary most of the time, and most of this time is likely to be at your house. So, it just makes sense! Understandably, home charging can be a bit of a daunting prospect.
The chargers that come with EVs are not ideal for home charging. For example, you may need tonnes of extensions cables and 3-pin charging is both painfully slow and not designed to have a constant current flowing through them – all in all an impractical system. But do not fear! Home charging is not a write-off – there are many alternative chargers you can buy.
Stop. There are suddenly so many decisions to make about chargers. For example: which charger? How do I install it? How much will it cost?
It seems overwhelming doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be. We Power Your Car is a one stop shop for all these concerns. We’ll advise you on your charging options, help you pick the most suitable and send an expert to install it. You are also given a fixed price quote – simple and effective pricing to go with the simple and effective process. Far quicker and easier than trawling through a thousand sites and wasting hours of your precious time. And at We Power Your Car, we offer chargers that are up to 3.5x faster!
Choice of electric vehicle, the advantages of EVs, battery range, practicality, charging, home charging – we’ve covered a lot! Hopefully, this guide has given you some more knowledge and know-how as you continue looking to buy an electric car. 3-pin charging isn’t the sensible choice for your EV. You need a professionally installed, purpose-fitted charging point for your electric vehicle.
Now you can shop with more confidence with the knowledge that when you want to plug your EV in at home, you can call upon We Power Your Car to ensure that you have the best solution for your vehicle. Happy EV-hunting!
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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.