Vehicle Charging Points
Our OLEV-accredited team of experts is ready to guide you through the process from start to finish so you know you’re getting the best in terms of price, quality, and support.
Fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. They are generally more cost-effective to run, and they don’t create the pollutants that a petrol or diesel engine does. The technological advancements for EVs have also improved significantly in recent years, making their range and performance more appealing to individuals who previously overlooked them. In terms of upkeep, electric car motors also have fewer components and are therefore less likely to suffer from faults than traditional engines.
The UK government has committed to the phase-out of the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, meaning a shift to electric cars is unavoidable. The motor industry’s big players are now even more focused on delivering affordable EVs, making them a more realistic purchase for everyone.
As the number of EVs grows, so does the demand for safe and efficient charging systems and if you’re making the move to an EV, Brightech is here to make the installation of your new EV charge point as smooth as possible.
We work with Andersen’s intelligent EV charge point system with smart-controlled connectivity, stunningly aesthetic, and cutting-edge technology. Andersen offers a range of beautiful custom design options for their waterproof charge points, making it a feature as well as functional.
At Brightech we are committed to providing you with high-quality support for your EV charging needs. Our OLEV-accredited team of experts is ready to guide you through the process from start to finish so you know you’re getting the best in terms of price, quality, and support.
Do I need a charge point?
You can charge an electric car using a conventional household 3-pin plug in a pinch, but it will take a long time and put a lot of strain on the wiring. It can also be inconvenient to access one unless you have a readily-available outdoor socket. Having a dedicated EV charge point is a considerable improvement. It will not only cut charge time significantly, but it is also less likely to overload existing electrical systems, making it far safer. Not to mention the benefits of the smart features and futureproofing that you get with the Andersen charge point.
Does my charge point need to be smart?
Yes, as of the 30th June, 2022, the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 were signed into law. Smart charging allows you to schedule the time of day that you are using it to make the most of off-peak hours and helps minimise the demand placed on the grid. With a smart EV charge point you also have other great features like solar integration and cloud connectivity, so you can manage your EV charger from your smartphone.
How do I make use of the Government/OLEV grants?
The government has recently made changes to their OLEV grant system. For most domestic users, unfortunately the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is no longer applicable. You can still apply for the grants if you are a homeowner who lives in a flat or rental accommodation (flats and single-use properties). You can find more government guidance here. If you’re looking to install an EV charge point as a business, charity or public sector organisation, you can apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) here.
Can I install a charge point myself?
No, an OLEV-approved electrician must install all charging units. At Brightech, we’ll make sure everything is built to the high standards mandated by the government, and most importantly safe to use. Our expertly-trained technicians will also be able to teach you how to use and maintain your new installations properly.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
Charge time can depend on the type of battery as well as the charger being used. The Andersen smart charge point comes with 3kW, 7kW, 22kW fast charging. The typical home in the UK will generally support charge points of 3kW and 7 kW with charge times ranging from 8 to 3 hours respectively. If your home is compatible with the 22kW fast charger, you can anticipate your car to fully recharge three times faster than it would when using a 7kW charger.
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