With electric vehicles becoming more popular, you might be considering how to make one work for you and your household. The great news is that a Pod Point charger can be installed at home. That means you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to charge it.
According to Autocar the number of people who own an electric vehicle in the UK more than doubled in 2020. There are now around 213,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK and over 500,000 hybrid models. With the popularity of battery-operated vehicles on the increase, it makes sense that there are now more accessible charging options, including the Pod Point home electric vehicle charger.
How Does a Pod Point Charger Worker?
Installed at home, near your parking space or in your garage a point pod charger allows you to plug in your car when at home and charge it from your main electricity supply. Point pod chargers are designed to work efficiently which means depending on the model of your car & the size of your battery, you could be charged and ready to go in as little as half an hour! Don’t forget as well as a Pod Point charger at home, there are over 3,000 publically accessible charging points so you’ll be able to charge your vehicle when out and about too.
Are Electric Vehicles Expensive To Run?
When people think of electric vehicles, they tend to think of expensive market offerings such as Tesla, which can be costly for some people. However, over recent years the average cost of an electric vehicle in the UK has come down and some dealers even offer them on their monthly hire purchase deals. Purchasing an electric vehicle is surprisingly affordable, with hybrid models like the Vauxhall Ampera offering cost-effective options on the second-hand car buyers’ market.
The good news is that if you’re charging at home then it can cost as little as 17p per kWh – the equivalent of just a few pence per mile of driving. The Pod Point Network app allows you to see which charging spaces are nearby too, so you can charge (often for free) when not at home.
What Do I Need To Have a Pod Point Charger Installed At Home?
Installation is easy and something we’ll happily take care of for you. Generally speaking for a simple installation the less distance and works from the charger to the meter box or consumer unit inside the house is best. However, an OLEV approved installer will be able to assess the situation and work with you to come to a solution, for example, longer cables running alongside your house could work.
There are some OLEV EV grants available and these require you to have a smart charger installed. For this, the charging point will need to be within WiFi range, so that you can control charging from an app on your mobile phone.
Lastly, you’ll need to make sure that the Pod Point charging unit can reach the car – we can supply a cable up to 15m in some circumstances. It is worth noting where the power socket is on your car and how you are likely to park, to work out the best location for your new Pod Point charging unit.
What Are The Benefits of a Pod Point EV Charger?
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to run a car then an electric vehicle is definitely worth considering. Not only is it generally cheaper per mile to run a car on electricity but often you get a lower cost rate tax too!
By installing a Pod Point EV charger at home you get to remain in control of your vehicle. No longer do you have to worry about the range capability of your vehicle, because you can charge it overnight & know that you are starting the day with a fully charged battery. Being able to charge your own vehicle at home gives you peace of mind that you will always be able to have a full battery when you need it. You don’t need to be with the car or watch it as it charges, so you’re free to get on with the rest of your day confident that your vehicle will be being charged, ready for you to use when you’re ready to go!
If you are a household that has multiple electric vehicles that you are able to swap the chargers around and the charging pod will work for all vehicles. This gives you great flexibility and you can feel safe in the knowledge that each of your electric vehicles are well catered for.
Whilst there are 3000 public Pod Points throughout the UK, by charging your vehicle at home you also get peace of mind that your car is safe and secure at home.
Applying For an OLEV Grant
There is an Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme (EVHS), provided by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) that gives homeowners a grant of up to £350 towards the cost of installing and buying a home charging point. Available for up to two eligible vehicles per household, both electric and hybrid vehicles are eligible. To qualify you must have an OLEV-approved charging point installed by an OLEV-approved installer and off-street parking.
If you are considering purchasing an electric vehicle then you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of options that make them much more accessible than before. Having a Pod Point charger at home allows you to charge your car with ease, at any time of the day or not. With installation arranged and grants available, getting one installed into your home doesn’t need to be a chore or break the bank.
If you’d like to know more about how Kiwi EV Charging can help you with a Pod Point home charger set-up or have any questions please feel free to get in touch, our friendly team would be delighted to help.