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As approved installers of the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and partners of MyEnergi, Rolec, EVBox and ICS, we offer a range of electric vehicle charging solutions compatible with all models.
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Charging at home
Assuming that you have dedicated off-street parking, charging your electric vehicle at home is simple.
Some manufacturers supply conventional 13A 3 pin plugs. This is the slowest possible rate of charging. A large capacity battery, like that on a Kia e-Niro, will take around 30 hours to charge fully from empty using this method. Home chargers have been specifically designed and developed to handle increased car charging loads. Complying with regulatory standards, they offer a smarter and faster alternative when it comes to home charging. Installed on new electrical circuits that connect to your home electricity supply, they allow you to take advantage of off-peak electricity tariffs by programming your car to charge at the most cost-effective times. Also, significantly quicker, the 7kW unit will charge an electric vehicle up to 3 times faster than a conventional 3-pin plug.
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
It depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point. The bigger the battery and the slower the charging point, the longer it will take to charge your car’s battery.
Charging can take anywhere between 30-minutes and 12-hours. A typical electric car with a 60kWh battery would take 8-hours to fully charge the car’s battery from empty to full when using a 7kWh charging point.
The majority of electric car drivers never charge their battery from empty. Charging up the battery power regularly speeds up the charging process. Regularly charging would mean hooking up the battery throughout the day when parked at work or a shopping centre or charging your car overnight.
How do I use an EV charger to charge my electric car?
Electric cars can be charged using a standard domestic 13amp wall socket. However, it is advised to use a dedicated EV charge point.
What is the OZEV EVHS Grant?
The OLEV Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme provides £350 of grant funding towards the purchase and install for a home charging unit. OLEV grant funding is subject to eligibility criteria, such as having sufficient off-street parking.
What EV charger do you recommend?
We are accredited installers for several manufacturers, all of which we highly recommend and are proud to partner with. Each installation is different and there will be certain EV chargers that suit your requirements better than others. We will be able to advise on the best charger for you once we have completed a survey. The survey is of course, free.
Do different electric vehicles require different chargers?
There are two standard connectors which different models of EV use (Type 1 and Type 2). The market is moving to using Type 2 as standard, but charge points are available in either and there are also Type 1 to Type 2 adaptor cables.
What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 sockets?
For charging at home, Type 1 and Type 2 are the most used connections between the charger and the vehicle. The charging type you will need will be determined by your EV. Type 1 connectors are currently favoured by the Asian car manufacturers such as Nissan and Mitsubishi, whilst most American and European manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Renault, Mercedes, VW and Volvo, use Type 2 connectors. Type 2 is rapidly becoming the most popular charging connection, though.
Type 1 connectors have a five-pin plug and Type 2 connectors have a seven-pin plug.
What does socket only charger or 'untethered' mean?
A socket-only charger means there is no charging lead included/attached. This means you can use both Type 1 and Type 2 connection leads, but you will need to purchase these leads separately if they did not come with the vehicle. These types of chargers are described as untethered and sometimes as a 'Universal' charger. Some people prefer the flexibility an untethered charger offers, while others like the convenience of the cable already being attached when they get home.
How much maintenance does an EV charger need?
Very little. Despite being an advanced technology, electric cars are remarkably simple to maintain. The same is true for EV charging stations. If installed properly and built modularly every piece can be easily replaced. Charging stations with online connectivity also enable remote diagnostics and repair, so you will not be left stranded in the rare event of charger malfunction.
Why choose FPM?
FPM are experienced building services and maintenance providers, with an in-house team of civil engineers and OZEV accredited electricians, which means that we can take care of any and all groundwork requirements as well as installation. We also offer a wide range of electric vehicle charging solutions tailored specifically to your needs.
Want to find out more?
Call 01582 484 020 to book your free no-obligation survey. Or, if you prefer, complete the enquiry form opposite and one of our team will contact you to book a convenient time for an engineer to visit you.