Electric vehicle usage is on the rise, with around 130,000 electric cars and vehicles on the roads in the UK. With lower running costs, generous government grants and a reduced carbon footprint, it’s no wonder that drivers across the UK are making the switch to electric.
Under the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), electric vehicle drivers could receive a grant of 75% up to £500 towards the cost of having an electric vehicle charging point installed at their home.
At Allied Electrical, we are fully qualified and registered under OLEV and the EVHS, allowing us to install an EV charging point from as little as £195. Call us today on 0117 303 9000 for more information.
We offer a full service with a quick turnaround from initial quotation to installation; we’ll even claim the government grant of your behalf so there’s no need to mess around with paperwork or forms.
Why Use Allied Electrical?
Here are just a few of the reasons you’ll benefit from using Allied Electrical for your EV charging point installation:
- We’re local – With an established team on hand, we’re just a phone call away for customers in Bristol and Bath
- We’re fully qualified electricians – Unlike many dedicated EV charging point installation companies, we’re fully qualified electricians – meaning we can handle any further electrical work that may need to be completed in order to install it correctly.
- We’re registered under the OLEV EVHS and Workplace Charging Scheme – Meaning we can competently carry out the work and claim the grant on your behalf.
- We’re fully trained – We are trained and approved installers for both Rolec & EV Box.
- We’re efficient – Following an initial visit, we can usually have the charging point installed in a couple of hours.
- We’re trusted – NICEIC registered for over 25 years with a strong reputation in the area, we are also Which? Trusted Traders, why not read some of our reviews below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to claim the OLEV grant?
In order to take advantage of the grant, you must:
- Be a UK resident.
- Own an eligible vehicle worth less than £60,000 purchased on or after 1st April 2015.
- Have not claimed against any previous domestic charger point schemes.
- Have suitable off street parking available.
How do I claim the OLEV EHVS grant?
To claim £500 off the cost of a home charging point, simply ensure you are eligible and call us today to arrange installation – we’ll do the rest.
Can I claim the grant for a company vehicle?
Yes, so long as you have been assigned the car for at least 6 months. You can also claim the grant on an electric vehicle that has been leased for the same period of time.
What’s the cost of an electric car charger?
Prices vary between the makes and models but start from around £195. Following an initial conversation or home visit, we will recommend a charger based on your budget and requirements.
What happens if I change my car to a newer model that needs a higher amperage charger?
EV Chargepoints are typically available in both 16Amp and 32Amp versions. Even if you’re running a PHEV or hybrid type vehicle that only needs 16Amps then it can still be charged using the larger 32Amp chargepoint. The increase in cost for the 32Amp version over the 16Amp is usually minimal and will help to futureproof your chargepoint so that in the event that you choose to buy a fully electric vehicle in future, your existing chargepoint will still be right for the job.
How long does it take to recharge?
This depends on the car as well as the make, model and amperage of the charging point. Overnight charging is a common misconception, and most vehicles can fully recharge between 1 and 4 hours with the correct charging point.
How much does charging at home cost?
A full charge is likely to cost you £3 - £5 in electricity – this will depend on your electricity tariff, vehicle and the time of day.
Where is the charging point installed?
Following an initial call or home visit, we will be able to recommend the best location for your charging point. Most customers opt for an exterior charging point, to charge their car when on the driveway. The charging point can also be fitted inside a garage.
Can the charging point be tampered with?
No, not without some serious effort. The charger locks into the vehicle meaning it cannot be tampered with during operation.
I have 2 electric vehicles; can I claim twice?
Yes, the OLEV scheme covers one charging point per eligible vehicle, meaning you can claim up to £1000 off your total bill.
The Workplace Charging Scheme
In addition to the OLEV EVHS, we are fully registered and qualified to install electric vehicle charging points under the workplace charging scheme - offering businesses up to £300 off per electric vehicle charging socket to a maximum of 20.
In order for your business to be eligible, you must have off street parking and have the charging station installed by an OLEV-approved workplace charging station installer like us.
Your Local, Friendly Electrician
Ready to have an electric vehicle charging point installed in your home? If you have any questions or want to arrange your free home visit, give one of our expert team a call on 0117 303 9000 or fill out a contact form below and we’ll get back to you.
We’re fully OLEV accredited and approved EV charging point installers meaning we are trained and qualified to carry out the installation in line with the IET code of practice for EV charging.