An electric vehicle has no internal combustion engine. Instead, it’s powered by an electric motor powered by rechargeable batteries.
Unlike their heavily polluting combustion engine cousins, electric vehicles are emission-free on the road. However, the generation of electricity still generally produces emissions, and this needs to be taken into account. Even so, research suggests a reduction of 40% in emissions compared with a small petrol car, and as the UK National Grid uses becomes ‘greener’, that figure will increase significantly.
Yes, you can – but with great caution…
- You’ll need to have your home socket inspected by a qualified electrician to make certain that your wiring is safe for the high electrical load needed
- Make sure you have a socket in a suitable location to take the charging cable: it is NOT safe to use an extension cable for recharging your car.
- This method of charging is very slow – around 6-8 hours for a 100-mile range.
Using a dedicated car charging point is much safer, cheaper and faster than standard plug sockets. What’s more, with the OLEV grants now widely available, a quality charging point from Go Electric can cost as little as £150, fitted and working.
Just leave it to us! When you order your charging point from Go Electric, we simply check your eligibility and take a few details so we can handle your claim for you. We’ll do all the legwork and your charging point installation bill will be reduced by £500!
Although you’ll probably do most of your car charging at home or at work, you’re bound to need top-ups from time to time while you’re out in the road. There are numerous websites and apps (such as Zap Map and Open Charge Map) which indicate the nearest charging stations and the types of chargers available.
There are currently well in excess of 4000 public charging points and new ones are being installed all the time, so the opportunities for recharging your car en route are increasing week by week.