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Electric Car Chargers – Are you making the switch?

The UK government intend to end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

By 2035 the aim is for all new cars and vans to have zero emission tailpipes. If you’re thinking of purchasing an electric vehicle then Blue Tech Electrical are on hand to install EV car charging points to homes around Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

What type of charger is right for me?

  • Slow chargers – A charging rate of 3kW, these slower chargers can charge a vehicle in around 12 hours. Commonly used for domestic properties to charge vehicles overnight, they are also a great option for hybrid vehicles. Slow chargers will also keep those electricity costs down.

  • Faster chargers – Faster domestic chargers operate at a rate of 7kW and will take around 6 hours to charge a vehicle. These are ideal and provide a faster charger while still not adding too much pressure on your bills.

  • Cable type – Depending on the charger, the cable connected will either be tethered or untethered. Untethered allows for more versatility, most vehicles can be charged by untethered cables so visitors and other cars can also be charged.

Once you have chosen a charger that most suits you, the vehicle, and your lifestyle, you may consider additional features or choose a specific design. Some people may not want an obstructive charger attached to their home, so most chargers are available in a variety of colours and cases to match the aesthetic of your home.

Another thing to consider is solar power. If you already have solar panels installed there are EV chargers that can use stored power generated from your solar panels to power the charger. This again will make your home very environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Where can they be installed?

Installation of EV car charging points is normally very straight forward but there are a few exceptions. One of the essential things is access to driveway or off-street parking. EV chargers cannot be connected to cars parked on the street as it’s a dangerous hazard to pedestrians. Chargers must also be at least 2.5m away from any mains connected objects (such as lamp posts).

Remember, it’s important to choose a qualified and registered electrician to install EV chargers to ensure installation is safe and meets current electrical regulations. Blue Tech Electrical are NICEIC and Which? registered electrician so rest assured our installations are always fitted to the highest possible standard.

For more information do give Blue Tech Electrical a call today.


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