There are now more reasons than ever before to get on board with EV charging, and with 455,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads in the UK* and only 22,000 public charging devices*, the opportunity is clear. There is enough potential business for every installer to get involved in building the infrastructure the UK needs to meet the increasing demand for charge points, and we are here with all the expert advice and products you need to tap into that market and take your business to a whole new level.
455,000 plug-in vehicles on UK roads
22,518 public charging devices
Over 175,000 plug-in vehicles registered in 2020
66% increase in registrations on previous year
With EV charging needed in the public, commercial and residential sectors, every installer whether large or small has a role to play in this market. 31% of charging devices are installed in Greater London so there are huge opportunities right across the UK to get on board with EV.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV, formerly OLEV) is a team working across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). They provide support for the uptake of plug in vehicles, as well as funding to support the development of charge point infrastructure across the UK. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.
The government has announced an injection of £50m to encourage uptake of EV, and various schemes are in place to help drive adoption and achieve an end to sales of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
This is a grant that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The main requirement is that a person owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. A person may apply for 2 charge points at the same property if they have 2 qualifying vehicles. For more information, go to:
WCS is a voucher-based scheme designed to provide eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints. The contribution is limited to the 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant. For more information, go to:
Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of a £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle charge points in towns and cities across the UK. funding could double the number of on-street charge points government is supporting to nearly 8,000. In addition, the government is providing £582 million to extend the Plug-in Car, Van, Taxi and Motorcycle grants to 2022–23. For more information on government support, go to:
With over 10 years’ experience in the EV charging market, we can give you all the support you need whether you are taking your first steps into the EV market, or have large scale EV projects. We work closely with the leading manufacturers to bring you quality products you can rely upon for performance and safety, and a wide range of choices for your clients.
To install EV chargepoints, you will need to successfully complete an installer course that will teach you how to install electrical vehicle charging points in compliance with BS 7671, the Electrical Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations and the new IET Code of Practice. You will find many courses online but the NICEIC offer a day course and details can be found here: https://www.niceic.com/contractor/training/electrical-courses/electric-vehicle-charging-course
To supplement this, we provide access to training facilitated by our suppliers to help you learn about the latest products, technology and applications.