The electric car may once have seemed a long way off, but increasingly it is becoming a part of our lives. As technology advances, so the batteries powering electric cars increase their lifespans, making these vehicles a viable, and attractive, alternative to conventional cars.
However, something that will make people want to adopt them more is an ability to charge their vehicles at home.
Future Energy Group is a commercial electrical contractor based in Wigan and is now a Government-approved installer for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. This funding for your own home charging point is available through the Energy Saving Trust and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
How the Scheme Works
The Electrical Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, EVHS, is designed to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles by helping vehicle owners with the cost of installing their own, domestic recharging units.
Anyone who is the registered keeper, or primary user, of an eligible electric vehicle can apply. The scheme offers up to 75% of the total capital costs off the vehicle chargepoint, and installation costs that come with it.
The amount available is capped at £500, including VAT.
To get this money, you must use an authorised installer, which is where we can help.
The History of the Electric Car
The electric car still feels like a fresh concept. New models from the likes of Hyundai, BMW and Nissan are coming on the market but in fact the electric car’s history stretches back over 100 years.
In the late 1800s, electric vehicles outsold all other models. They soon accounted for nearly a third of all cars sold in the USA.
After 1912, however, production of electric cars went into steep decline with the growing dominance of the internal combustion engine.
With more concerns about pollution and the growing environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s, electric cars were back on the agenda.
The 1970s saw a growth in research and two main models, the Italian Elcar and the American-produced CitiCar from Sebring-Vanguard. These were small vehicles, with a maximum speed of no more than 45mph.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that the Toyota Prius made a leap forward in terms of public perception. Tesla’s battery-powered car had a 200 mile range, marking a further improvement in performance.
The Nissan Leaf has proved to be more successful because it has a realistic price point, and its recent model can accomplish 235 miles on a single charge.
It is now looking like the quality of performance is catching up with conventional cars.
The Future of Electric Vehicle Charging
While over 90% of electric vehicle users currently rely on public charging points, a substantial proportion these can be out of action, making charging less convenient than it should be.
The increased adoption and expansion of electric cars, despite their energy-saving and environmental benefits depends on their convenience.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is a welcome step forward to encouraging more people to become regular electric car users.
We’re pleased to be able to do our bit to help with this, as approved home charging point installers.
You could be a part of the future, with our help and support.
Contact us to find out more about installing your home electric car chargepoint.