The Benefits of an Electric Vehicle (EV).

The electric vehicle (EV) is no longer a futuristic dream. Last year 314,687 EVs were registered in the UK which is a 17.8% increase on 2022 (statistics from SMMT).

Barely a week goes by without a major car manufacturer announcing new developments to their range of electric vehicles and petrol or diesel models are being phased out, with fines for companies that do not transition quick enough.

It’s no longer just the environmentally aware customers that are switching to EVs, as analysts Zapmap say there are now more than 975,000 fully electric cars on UK roads, but what are the benefits of switching to electric?

The first and most obvious benefit is the improvement that it will have on our environment. Electric cars do not emit any exhaust gases from burning fossil fuels like the traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). This helps reduce local air pollution and can make a big difference in densely populated towns and cities.

Just one EV on the road for a year has a similar carbon footprint as flying from the UK to Spain or Italy and back four times.

The second benefit of switching to an electric vehicle is running and maintaining one cost-effectively. The comparative costs of fuel to electricity, and driving an EV are much better for your bank account, and EVs also benefit from zero road tax. With an average of 200 parts the electric vehicle is easier to service and maintain, and because of the technology involved in an electric vehicle, some EV manufacturers can even remotely diagnose an issue without needing to see the car.

Following on from that, the third benefit of driving a EV is the exemption from city congestion charges. London has had a congestion charge zone since 2003 and that zone has already expanded. The current charge is £15 per day, 364 days a year.

London also has an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge of £12.50 per day within the M25.

Bath, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Oxford also have a ULEZ charge, and other cities are set to follow their lead.

If you are a regular commuter into an area with a congestion charge, the savings will quickly add up, and possibly even cover the cost of your monthly car payments. You could end up with a free car!

Fourthly, with energy companies offering off-peak tariffs and even buy-back schemes, charging an EV is much cheaper than filling a car with petrol or diesel and renewable energy options make it even better for the environment.

Finally, with the ability to install a charge point at both commercial and residential locations, EVs can be kept charged at your convenience.

Electric vehicles are definitely about helping to protect our future, but they are no longer a dream of what might happen in the future.

The revolution in EV charging in 2023

In the fast-evolving world of electric vehicles (EVs), 2023 was a year of remarkable growth, the standout feature being an impressive surge in ultra-rapid chargers and high-power charging hubs across the UK.

At the heart of this growth lies a story of innovation, progress, and the electrifying future of transportation. Data from analysts Zapmap tells this story with numbers that speak volumes.

Picture this: A staggering 45% year-on-year increase in the total number of new public chargers installed in the UK.

That's a substantial leap from the 31% growth witnessed between 2021 and 2022. The journey hit a significant milestone in October when the UK celebrated the installation of over 50,000 public charging points. Just months prior, in February 2023, we'd crossed the 40,000 mark - a testament to the rapid acceleration of our charging infrastructure.

But there's more to this story—2023 saw a surge in the rate of new charger installations. Nearly 1,400 devices added each month, up from 730 per month in 2022. That's an astounding 89% growth rate, underscoring our commitment to delivering convenient and accessible charging solutions.

This tale is part of a larger narrative; the launch of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate last week and record-breaking sales of new pure-electric cars in the UK, totaling nearly 315,000 units. This represents a 51% increase in the number of EVs on our roads compared to the end of 2022.

And what about high-powered chargers? Their numbers surged by 52% in 2023, reaching nearly 10,500 devices across 5,000 locations by year-end. The majority of this growth came from ultra-rapid chargers, capable of adding approximately 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes. These chargers comprised 46% of high-powered devices nationwide, a significant rise from 20% at the end of 2020.

But here's the twist: The growth isn't just about numbers, it's about the impact, mainly a significant increase in the number of UK charging hubs, featuring more than six rapid or ultra-rapid devices. The count surged by an impressive 145%, rising from 108 at the close of 2022 to 264 by the end of 2023.

These charging hubs aren't just dots on a map; they are strategically positioned near major road networks, offering convenience to EV drivers on their journeys. They can be found in various locations, from retail parks and car parks to service stations and dedicated charging zones, ensuring that wherever your journey takes you, a charging solution is nearby.

But the story must not end there. We need to ensure that everyone has access to EV charging.

In 2023, we witnessed a remarkable 72% increase in low-powered on-street chargers, supporting those without home charging options. While progress varies across regions, the government's £450 million Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) scheme played a significant role, with more exciting developments anticipated in 2024.

This is the continuing story of the EV revolution that is unfolding with each new charge point and every EV on the road.

Understanding range anxiety for non-EV drivers.

When it comes to reasons why UK drivers hesitate to embrace the electric vehicle (EVs) revolution, 'range anxiety' frequently tops the list. Range anxiety is essentially the concern that an EV battery's capacity for a long journey is too small, and the availability of public charging infrastructure is too limited.

While range anxiety is a concern, data suggests that the 'fear, uncertainty and doubt' (FUD) caused by perception may be overcome.

The average daily mileage for most households is well within the range of today's EVs. Government data reveals that 99% of car journeys are under 100 miles. Many EVs offer ranges of over 200 miles, and overnight charging, when electricity prices are sometimes lower, can alleviate any worries about typical daily use.

The growth of public charging infrastructure is also alleviating the FUD as there are now over 10,000 rapid and ultra-rapid charge points available and over 43,000 fast and slow charge points at approximately 31,000 locations which means you are never far from a charging facility.

There are of course challenges as this is still a new technology and a behaviour change. Individuals without access to off-street parking may find charging less convenient, especially when nearby public chargers are occupied. In some cities, a more extensive public charger network is still needed to address the concerns of EV owners.

During peak periods like holidays, the availability of rapid chargers on long journeys can be an issue. Efforts to increase the number of ultra-rapid chargers are underway, but issues with the electricity grid can hinder progress.

Range anxiety is not entirely due to FUD, but it is becoming less of an issue as EVs evolve and charging infrastructure expands. For most people, occasional journeys of over 200 miles should not pose a problem, however, governments and stakeholders must continue investing in charging infrastructure to ensure that range anxiety remains a rarity and not a reality for EV drivers.

EV Charging Report Published

ChargeUK has published a new report setting out proposals for how to accelerate the installation of public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The 'Accelerating the Rollout of Public Charging Infrastructure' report puts forward 13 solutions for its members to boost charging under four broad areas:

1. Speeding up grid connections

2. Accelerating public funding and procurement

3. Accelerating planning, permits and resident consultation

4. Improving the economics and commercial viability of sites

Ian Johnston, chair of ChargeUK said: "Our members are already putting charge points in the ground at record pace and will spend £6 billion before 2030 on ensuring the UK has the right charging solutions in the right place.

"But we want to go further and faster to make the UK the best place in the world to drive and charge an EV.

"We welcome steps the government has already committed to including pledges to improve connectivity and streamline planning.

"We firmly believe that ‘Accelerating the Rollout of Public Charging Infrastructure’ provides a framework for all stakeholders to work together to achieve our common goal – giving drivers the confidence they need to go electric and put the UK at the forefront of this exciting transition."

For a link to the report visit: ChargeUK.org

Range anxiety falls as charge points increase.

Long-distance trips are no longer the anxiety-inducing journies they used to be. With over 80,000 connectors in the UK and updated figures due next week, charging on the road is becoming easier and less of a worry.

New research from ev.energy has found 58% of electric vehicle (EV) drivers are confident in planning long-distance trips.

The survey also revealed 77% of respondents have never, rarely or occasionally experienced concerns about their vehicle’s range.

27% of drivers are now opting solely for home charging, but 52% of EV drivers still don’t feel there are enough public EV charge points in convenient locations across the UK with only 6% saying there are plenty of nearby locations.

William Goldsmith, Head of Grid and Data Services at ev.energy, said: 'This data shows us EV drivers are confident in their at-home charging options. However, it's vital to invest more in supporting the public charging infrastructure and allowing for more affordable public charging. This will ensure drivers feel confident in making the switch from petrol to electric and allow those that don’t have access to a driveway to reap the cost and sustainability benefits of an EV.'

Investment in more public EV charging needs to accelerate if the public is to have confidence they won't be left powerless, especially those who won't have access to home charging facilities.

The EVC Connect Charge Point Management System

When you have a workplace or public charge point installation with us you have access to our EVC Connect management system.

With EVC Connect you get:

Control driver access

Keep chargers private and restrict access to employees, or open to the public at set times. Configure who can access your chargers, and when.

Manage multiple tariffs

Set different rates for different driver groups, at different times of the day. Allow pay as you go, pay via the app, pay via RFID or subscriptions.

Optimise availability

Overstay fees, push notifications and charger bookings ensure chargers are ready when drivers need them.

Maximise uptime

Remote click to fix maintenance, plus driver and charger support, ensure your chargers are running smoothly.

It's simple for operators and smooth for drivers.

If you want to know more about anything to do with EV charge point installation for your place of work, commercial building, fleet vehicles, farm, holiday let or home, please contact EVC Solutions – The Electric Vehicle Charging Specialists, and be part of the future today.

Switching your workplace to electric

As more drivers switch to electric vehicles the need for EV Charge points at workplaces, supermarkets, sports grounds, private car parks and commercial facilities will soon be necessary.

As a business owner you are probably starting to think about how you will provide charging stations for your staff or customers.

Here are some questions that may be relevant to your business:

1. How big is your car park?

2. How many employees or customers do you have?

3. How big is your fleet of company vehicles?

4. How long are cars parked for? For example an office worker might park their car all day but a supermarket customer may be there for under an hour.

5. Should you have a wall mounted charger or pedestal mounted charging station? Is there even an available wall in which to mount the chargers?

6. Where is your incoming power situated? This will determine the most cost-effective position for the chargers.

Answering these questions will help determine the next steps for your EV charge point installation.

All EVC Solutions installations meet the required safety standards and we strive to provide chargers and systems that have minimum environmental impact and carbon footprint. We are all on a journey toward ‘net zero’.

Transitioning to electric vehicles and the required EV charging infrastructure is more than an upgrade; it's a step towards a cleaner future. For UK businesses it's an opportunity to lead the charge in sustainability and cater to the evolving needs of your customers and employees.

Commercial EV Charge Point Installation.

The rapid rise in electric vehicle (EV) sales and popularity means that businesses, fleets, and destinations need to begin to look at infrastructure and provision of EV charge points for their teams, customers, and car parks.

Why does your business need EV charge points?

As the number of EVs on the road grows, drivers are increasingly seeking businesses and destinations with charging facilities. Hotels, gyms, shopping centres, supermarkets, and service stations are now expected to have a number of charge points for customer use.

Having available charge points is also a signal to your customers that you are actively working towards more sustainable business practices. This is good for the brand as well as the environment.

The UK government has grant incentives such as the Workplace Charging Scheme (til end March 2024) to help businesses make the transition. There is currently up to £350 per charger available in this scheme for up to 40 sockets.

At EVC Solutions we can tailor charging solutions for diverse needs and unique requirements. For example a business fleet will need maximum efficiency, ultra-fast charging and management systems to monitor and control usage. Holiday and hospitality destinations will need a more customer-friendly solution.

Understanding your specific needs and goals is key to having the right EV charging solution. Keeping your business and customers moving is the main aim!

Electric vehicle charge points range is power and usage:

All EVC Solutions installations meet the required safety standards and we strive to provide chargers and systems that have minimum environmental impact and carbon footprint. We are all on a journey toward ‘net zero’.

Transitioning to electric vehicles and the required EV charging infrastructure is more than an upgrade; it's a step towards a cleaner future. For UK businesses it's an opportunity to lead the charge in sustainability and cater to the evolving needs of your customers and employees.

New statistics show EV progress.

This week's statistics from Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that electric vehicle (EV) registrations continue to surge, with October seeing electrified cars (including hybrids and plug-in hybrids) making up 37.6% of new registrations. 

Hybrid electric vehicles jumped 24.6%, plug-ins saw the highest growth at 60.5%, and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) grew for the 42nd consecutive month by 20.1%. However, BEVs accounted for just 15.6% of the market share, with private registrations making up less than a quarter, highlighting the need for more consumer incentives.

EV charge point installations are on the rise, with a record number set up in Q3, yet the distribution remains uneven, heavily favouring London and the South East. This calls for more equitable public charging solutions, including help for those without private charge points and binding targets to ensure infrastructure keeps pace with vehicle uptake.

According to Zapmap as of the end of October 2023, there were around 1,489,000 plug-in cars, with around 920,000 battery-electric vehicles and 560,000 PHEVs registered. Last month, 1,634 net new EV charging devices were added to the Zapmap database making a total of 79,564 chargers across 30,360 locations - a growth of 45% over the last 12 months.

Things are moving in the right direction but there is still much to be done!

How long does it take to charge an EV? A brief guide to EV charging times.

The big question in a lot of driver's minds is 'How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle (EV)'. The electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape is diverse, with a range of charging speeds to cater to different needs. Let's dive into the specifics to help you choose the best option for your EV.

1. Slow Charging:

2. Fast Charging:

3. Rapid Charging:

Top-Up Charging:
Instead of waiting for your battery to drain, the idea is to charge your EV whenever there's an opportunity. This might be during a shopping trip or while parked on the street. It reduces the stress of "range anxiety" as your car is frequently charged.

Range Per Hour:
The mileage you gain per hour of charging depends on your charger. A standard 3kW might give you 10 miles in an hour, a 7kW charger around 30 miles, and a rapid 50kW charger could provide up to 175 miles.

Factors Influencing Charging Speed:

Your EV charging experience will be shaped by multiple factors, from your car's specifications to the type of charger you use. Understanding these will help you make the most of your EV journey.