Complete Guide to Electric Vehicle Charge Points Part One: Costs

EV charging in public spaces

 

 

As humankind begins to take an analytical look inwards at our choices leading into the future, we’re already looking outwards at how we can provide the growing number of Electric Vehicle users with cost-effective and powerful products. With 2019 expected to be the pivotal year for Electric Vehicles, Sevadis understands its opportunity in the industry to make the lives of EV owners better, simpler, cheaper and faster.

 

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a complete guide to electric vehicle charge points and in this article, we’ll be focusing on the question on everyone’s lips – how much does it all cost?

 

 

Electric vehicles being charged in public

 

 

The price of owning an EV

Through research conducted by Auto Trader, it has been discovered that 46% of people with reservations about purchasing an electric vehicle are discouraged by the upfront cost. At Sevadis we know that money matters but we also know that seeing the big picture is just as important.

 

Purchasing an Electric Vehicle is an investment that often requires an upfront expenditure (although the same can be said with normal petrol-powered vehicles) but owning an Electrical Vehicle isn’t just about shelling out in the first place. Studies have already confirmed that running an EV is significantly cheaper than the alternatives.

 

Research across Europe shows residents of various countries making considerable savings. In Norway, owners of Electrical Vehicles found themselves making savings of over 27% compared to diesel cars and in France drivers received savings of 12% compared to petrol cars.

 

If savings aren’t enough of a consideration for consumers to look beyond the initial cost then perhaps the assistance of a grant will help. The UK government are willing to provide a grant on approved low-emission and EV vehicles. In fact, on vehicles such as the flashy Audi e-tron and sleek Nissan Leaf, the government is willing to provide a grant that will pay for 35% of the price (up to £3,500).

 

For these models, as well as many others, we can provide statistics on charging time alongside the cost for those periods. For example, for 8 hours of charging time on a home fast charger, the Audi A3 e-tron model’s charging cost comes to approximately £7.10 (based on a rough guide of twelve pence per kWh). This would give the car approximately 140 miles of range, more than enough for the average daily commute. Using our Electrical Vehicle charging time and cost document available for download, you can discover more now.

 

 

Grandis EV Charger from Sevadis

 

What is an EV charging point?

A charging point is a piece of electrical equipment that can be used to recharge an electric vehicle. Charging points can be grouped into two types; those that supply alternating current (AC) to the vehicle, and those that ‘rectify’ AC to provide direct current (DC).

 

Charging points are also categorised according to their power (in kW), a measure of how quickly they can charge an EV. The four main EV charging speeds are:

 

  • Slow AC charging (up to 3kW): best suited for 6-8 hours overnight.

 

  • Fast AC charging (7-22kW): can fully recharge some models in 3-4 hours.

 

  • Rapid AC charging units (typically around 43kW): can charge some EVs in less than an hour.

 

  • Rapid DC charging units (typically around 50kW): able to provide an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.

 

The cost of being charged up.

Obviously one of the most marketable and admirable aspects of an EV vehicle is the effect it has on the environment. Electric Vehicles emit half of the amount of greenhouse gases that a diesel car does over the course of its lifetime.

 

Not to mention that zero-emission cars are exempt from road tax (a saving of roughly £140 a year) as well as exempt from the London T-Charge (11.50 a day). Bearing all these points in mind, it’s a surprise that more people aren’t making the change.

 

However, one of the current downsides of owning an Electrical Vehicle can be the awkwardness of locating a charge point. Luckily, websites such as Zap Map do provide maps to allow users to locate local or further afield charging points through both desktop and mobile devices, ensuring that charging points can be found on the go.

 

These locations are great for charging up on the go or whilst away from places you occupy on a daily basis. Charging points in places that people frequent daily would make the charging aspect of your EV far easier, as it wouldn’t require taking time out to ensure your vehicle is charged.

 

 

EV charger hooked up to electric vehicle

 

How can charge points adapt to you?

We understand that our technology is needed across a variety of sectors, which is why Sevadis creates charging points that can be installed in the areas our customers frequent the most.

 

Our Scatalo model is the most popular residential model we currently stock. Compact, aesthetic and simple to use it’s the perfect home companion for keeping your EV charged. It even comes in two colours for that personalised touch whilst you charge.

 

When connected to the Sevadis Cloud, it even allows for the creation of tariff plans, which means you can charge other public users for using your charging point.

 

We also know that people spend a lot of time at work and with 67% of people commuting there by car. We also know the need for charging points outside the workplace will indefinitely grow. That’s why we provide our Grandis model which is the perfect fit for business use.

 

Not only is every employee able to be given their own RFID card but the charging points themselves are designed to blend in as part of their environment, ensuring that the area continues to look tidy and professional.

 

For business owners who might have large fleets of Electric Vehicles to keep charged or understand that employees of the future might be going low-emission, the government offers a workplace charging scheme. This can save over £1,000 a year in commercial fleet costs – it’s easy to save with electric vehicles.

 

The other sector where charging points will grow more important in the forthcoming years will be in the commercial industry; from gyms, hotels and leisure centres to supermarkets and clubs.

 

For future architects currently designing such projects that involve charging points to cater to those using EV vehicles, it has to be noted how sleek and aesthetically pleasing our units are.

 

 

EV home chargers

 

How can Sevadis help you get charging?

By 2040, the UK government will require all vehicles to be low-emission. Therefore, it is not a matter of if the EV car will take off but a matter of when.

 

With 3,000 new EV registrations in the United Kingdom every month, that’s an opportunity for the sale of 3,000 new home units monthly. We know that EV users will find comfort in being able to charge from home which is why we want wholesalers and contractors to understand the market potential.

 

People want to save the environment, and their bank accounts, by switching to low-emission – so why not make a market from consumer desires?

 

Here at Sevadis, we are always happy to answer any concerns or queries you may have about your project. This ensures you get the answers and cost concepts you need without delay.

 

We want to ensure that we are the first and only choice when it comes to Electric Vehicle Chargers. We provide an unbeatable personal service to make sure we can provide you with your choice of installations across varying sectors covering the United Kingdom.

 

Our products are tried and tested so that when you buy with us, you can do so with confidence and peace of mind. We know how quickly the Electric Vehicle – or EV – market is growing and we’re more than ready to meet its demand.

 

If you’re looking to expand your technical knowledge before you buy then you can book in to have a technical presentation with us. We don’t want to just support you with the installation, we want this to be an easy process for the whole low-emission ride.

 

Plus, we offer other great perks such as a trade discount for wholesalers with no need for a minimum order quantity. We support you from the creations of the units to the installation and throughout.

 

Looking for high quality Electric vehicle products? Contact us today and find out more about how we can keep you and your EV projects running.

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Technical Director of Sevadis Ltd.
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