Electric vehicle (EV) Charging Points
With electric vehicles increasing in popularity and will continue to do so over the coming years, have you considered this for your company car park? An increasing number of companies are installing workplace EV charging units for employees and visitors. Workplace charging makes sense, as an employee’s vehicle will typically be parked for most of the day when it can be conveniently charged. Company owners can decide whether to provide free charging or charge a small fee.
JCE is approved to install EV charging units, we’re pleased to be working alongside the following manufacturers;
There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast, and slow. These represent the power outputs and therefore charging speeds, available to charge an EV. Note that power is measured in kilowatts (kW).
Rapid chargers – are one of two types – AC or DC [Alternating or Direct Current]. Current Rapid AC chargers are rated at 43 kW, while most Rapid DC units are at least 50 kW. Both will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending on battery capacity). Tesla Superchargers are also Rapid DC and charge at around 120 kW. Rapid AC devices use a tethered Type 2 connector, and Rapid DC chargers are fitted with a CCS, CHAdeMO or Tesla Type 2.
Fast chargers – include those which provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which can fully charge a vehicle in 3-4 hours. Common fast connectors are a tethered Type 1 or a Type 2 socket (via a connector cable supplied with the vehicle).
Slow units – (up to 3 kW) are best used for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours for a pure-EV, or 2-4 hours for a PHEV (Plugin hybrid electric vehicle). EVs charge on slow devices using a cable which connects the vehicle to a 3-pin or Type 2 socket.
While workplace charge points are similar to home-based units, power-ratings tend to be higher with more 7 kW and 22 kW units installed. More business units have a double socket, allowing two cars to be charged at the same time.
The cost to charge an electric car in the UK varies between home, work and public charging. For a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery and 200-mile range:
Charging at work: Many employers will install workplace charging points and typically offer free access throughout the day.
Rapid charging: Rapid charging points are normally found at motorway service stations and typically cost £6.50 for a 30 min, 100-mile charge.
All charging times are approximate and subject to which model of charger and which make/model of vehicle is used.
Here are 4 reasons why Smart charging will benefit you:
Energy Usage Reports
Having a Smart unit means you can view your energy usage on our App. You can also download these as .csv reports. This information has several uses from; recording how much energy you’ve used, monitoring how green your charging is (in terms of real-world carbon intensity geCO2/km) and recording work expenses
Remote diagnostics, remote resolution
Occasionally things go wrong, cars don’t behave as they should and chargepoints enter fault states. Being connected means that Pod Point can diagnose and remedy most faults without having to send a Pod Point Expert to your home, reducing the time that chargers are down.
“Over the Air” (OTA) updates
We periodically make tweaks to our software. These tweaks can be as simple as updates to account for subtle differences in how new vehicles to market behave while charging, or can be related to the rollout of whole new Smart product features. Being connected means these updates can be done instantaneously and at scale, meaning chargepoints can be kept up to date long after their installation.
Remotely manage and schedule charge events
Smart charging will allow remote control of groups of chargers in future to balance the grid during times of unusually high demand. For example, the World Cup typically sees power surges as the UK makes tea in unison for 5-minute periods at half time, ramping charge down during this 5 mins could save starting some dirty, quick response power plants without materially inconveniencing EV drivers.
The Pod Point Charge Scheduling feature will let you take advantage of dual-rate electricity tariffs designed for EV drivers, which can help significantly reduce the cost of charging. You could save up to 70% on electricity costs by scheduling your EV to charge during off-peak hours. This is based on an average electricity tariff of 15p/kWh compared with EDF’s GoElectric 35 tariff which offers a rate of 4.5p/kWh during off-peak hours.
If you would like more details or a free estimate, call JCE contracting Ltd on 01373 455690.