We have put together some guidance and useful links that we hope will be beneficial to you when buying an EV and considering whether or not to install an EV chargepoint in your home:
REAL, as part of its work on its Renewable Energy Consumer Code, produced consumer guidance which explains the main features of EV chargepoints and sets out the issues you should consider when deciding whether to install one in your home. The guidance explains how you can link a chargepoint to a solar PV and battery storage system, and even export electricity back to your home or to the electricity grid and lists the questions you should ask your installer before deciding to go ahead.
You might also find REAL’s guidance on Demand Side Response useful.
Citizens Advice’s is a great source of independent information. Acknowledging the growth in the number of electricity tariffs tailored for EV owners and users, Citizen’s Advice has undertaken an analysis of these tariffs to help you identify which might work for you. The results of this analysis have been published in a report called Take Charge.
Co Charger is a platform that lets you share a charge point within your local community.
Co Charger is developing a community that helps to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Through the app, people who cannot charge a vehicle at home, should be able to do so within a walking distance of their home.
To become or find a host visit their website here.
Energy Saving Trust Scotland (EST Scotland) Domestic Chargepoint Funding
If you’re a consumer who lives in Scotland, an additional grant of up to £250 is available from EST Scotland (or £350 if you are in a very remote location).
To ensure you can access this scheme:
- You must own or lease an EV, or use an EV through work.
- The installer you pick to contract with must be an EST Scotland approved installer
- The home chargepoint to be installed must be smart
- You must make your application for the grant before your chargepoint is installed.
You will need to make the application to EST Scotland directly and before you have your home chargepoint installed. You will not be eligible for the grant if you have already had the installation completed. You will have to pay your supplier for the amount covered by the EST Scotland grant and they will then provide you with your (up to £250) reimbursement.
You should go to EST Scotland’s website for more information on its grant, full eligibility criteria and how to apply.
EVA England was founded to offer a voice for current, new and prospective electric vehicle drivers and accelerate the transition to an electric England.
EVA England's aim is to support and represent EV drivers in England, to offer unbiased advice on all things electric vehicles, provide guides and tips for current and prospective drivers, as well as grow an empowered community of EV drivers in England. By joining EVA England you can have your views about electric vehicles heard as well as the opportunity to engage with others in the EV community.
To find out more or join visit their website here.
love your ev can help you find an electric car to fit your journeys, a home charger with the right features, or check for cheap and green energy tariffs that can also make the most from your solar panels and battery, using their handy comparison tools found on their website here.
Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of chargepoints which allows you to locate and navigate to available chargepoints (mainly public chargepoints).
Zap-Map also provides advice and help for EV users, and cost and savings calculator tools so you can get an idea, for example, of how much an EV will cost to charge when charging using a home chargepoint or at a public chargepoint.