No driveway to do electric car charging at home? Here’s your options

Electric Car Charging at Home - Downtown Electrical

If you own an electric car and want to charge it at home the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVS) could save you money on installing an electric vehicle charge point.

A driveway isn’t necessary to install a home electric vehicle charger. 

In most cases, all you need is a private parking space, whether that’s a garage (even a shared garage) or a separate residential car park.

It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t a big problem. In fact the vast majority of homes in the UK do have access to their own private driveway. But about a third don’t according to government statistics.

Whether this is in a separate private car park or an underground parking garage, talk to your landlord about the possibility of installing an EV charger in your dedicated parking space.

You’ll need your landlord’s permission to apply for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, plus any access permissions required for extending electrical connections.

An OZEV-approved installer like Downtown Electrical can assess the property and parking area for suitability and discuss installation options with you and your landlord.

Your landlord might decide to foot the bill as an incentive for future tenants, or they might simply give you permission for the installation so you’ll pay for it yourself.

1)Request public EV chargers from your council with the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

The UK government also offers grants to local authorities to fund on-street EV charging facilities in residential areas.

The ORCS grant pays for 75% of the cost of the charge point and parking bay installation, up to £7500 per charge point, while the local authority pays for the remaining 25%.

Research by the AA revealed that just 1 in 6 councils are installing on-street EV chargers in residential areas, and almost 15% of councils have no plans to do this at all.

The UK government is now adding £20 million worth of funding to the scheme to encourage local authorities to participate, so there’s no better time to contact your local council and ask about on-street EV charging in your area.

Encourage your council to use the ORCS funding available to them to future-proof local residential streets like yours with discreet smart charge points to create a clean and quiet environment.

These are shared charging points for residents without driveways or private off-street parking, usually retrofitted in existing street furniture like lamp posts and operating with a Pay As You Go local tariff.

2)Speak to your employer about the Workplace Charging Scheme

A convenient alternative to charging your electric car at home is charging it at work.

If you drive your electric car to work and leave it in your employer’s car park all day, it’s a perfect opportunity to charge up your car, equivalent to charging it overnight at home.

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If you want to go armed with some information to convince your employer that an EV charging station for the office is a good idea, get in touch with us directly or recommend us to your employer and we can give you a free, no obligation quote for installation.

Your employer could save money on installing EV chargers through the Workplace Charging Scheme, which offers up to £350 off per socket for up to 40 charging sockets.

They could offer free EV charging as an employee benefit, or charge a time-based tariff to encourage sharing of the charging stations. 

3)Locate public EV chargers in your area

Just like going to a petrol station for a non-electric vehicle, you can top up your electric car whenever it’s running low by visiting a public EV charge point.

There are currently around 20,000 public chargers in the UK network, and it’s easy to find the nearest EV chargers using locator tools like Zap Map.

The problem with public chargers is that while the infrastructure is still expanding, there may not be an EV charger close enough for you to use regularly.

Even if there is a public charger nearby, it could be more expensive to use than a home charger would be, especially if it’s a rapid charger.

Research by Electric Brighton found that public chargers cost 25p per kW on average for a 7kW charge and 30.65p per kW for rapid charging, adding up to £15-£25 more per month than charging at home.

On the plus side, it’s possible to make savings by subscribing to a network with a monthly fee instead of pay-as-you-go charging, like BP Pulse.

Some public places even offer free charging, so filter your search on Zap Map to find the closest free electric car charging points if you want to avoid paying.

These options depend on the distribution of public EV charging stations in your area.

No shortage of EV charging options

It’s always going to be the case that if you have an electric vehicle, the most convenient means of charging it at home is by having a private driveway.

But not having one doesn’t mean you have no options.

There are tens of thousands of publicly available charge points around the UK. Whether they’re charge points at service stations, installed by councils on streets or in car parks.

Plus, with the sale of new petrol and diesel cars due to be outlawed in the UK by 2030 there’s going to be a further increase in publicly available charge points as towns and cities adapt to greener driving.

Whether you want to get a charge point installed at your parking space, you want to install one at your business or residential building, or you’re a public authority that wants to increase your town or city’s green credentials, get in touch with one of our experts today to run through your options. It may also be worth checking with the local council to see if you can run an ev charging cable across a public path, at the moment there is no legislation in place that would make this illegal but you could be liable if someone was to trip and fall. 

We can help you with everything from a site audit to find the best place to install an EV charger, and take you through any grant applications you’re eligible for to make sure you save all the money you’re entitled to save.

Get in touch today.

If you’re one of the minority that doesn’t have a driveway to install a dedicated EV charger, here’s a few options that are available so you can still get an electric car and keep it charged when you need it.

4)Ask your landlord about the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

Installing a charger for an electric car without a driveway may be easier than you think.

If you live in a rented flat or house with no garage or driveway, you can still get an EV charger with a government grant discount as long as you have a private off-street parking space.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Depending on your relationship with your landlord, you may be able to ask them to install the EV charger of your choice.

    However, if they qualify for the EV ChargePoint grant, which gives them £350 towards the purchase and installation of a charger, they will have to choose a charger from the approved ChargePoint model list.

    This list includes some excellent quality chargers, including the EO Mini Pro 2 charger, which has many benefits including:

    • A discreet appearance

    • Fast charger type

    • Smartphone controls

    • Monitoring and reporting functions

    It also includes Zappi EV chargers, which allow you to:

    • Connect to the app, removing the need for messy cables

    • Use universal or tethered cables

    • Charge any EV

    No matter which charger your landlord chooses, you can be sure that it is good quality and will keep you motoring without the need for a gas pump.

    Where you position your charging unit is very important.

    Charging units will have to be uninstalled to move them any distance, so you need to be sure that the location installation is accessible at any time.

    Before deciding on where to install your charger, you should consider where you will need the charger to be to use it every day and then consider if this location is still accessible on busier days.

    Moreover, you need to be sure that using your EV charger will not inconvenience other people, including other drivers and pedestrians.

    If it will, then it is best to pick a new installation location.

    You may want to consider your Wi-Fi connectivity and if your charging unit can access a source of Wi-Fi where you would like to position it.

    You can easily test Wi-Fi strength by standing in your proposed location and trying to access the internet via the Wi-Fi connection that will be used.

    If it does not connect, then you will need to change installation positions.

    You do not need a covered area to install an EV charger.

    However, a covered area will help to keep your car and charger clean and out of the elements, so they are a good option if you have the luxury of a covered roof.

    EV chargers although electrical, are perfectly safe to be used in wet and windy conditions because they have been designed with Ingress Protection (IP) in mind.

    An IP code consists of two numerals, for example, 27.

    The first numeral refers to the level of protection against solid objects and is given on a scale from 0-6.

    The second number gives the level of protection from liquids, on a scale of 0-9.

    Most EV chargers score around IP 44 or IP54 classing them as weatherproof, but protecting them from submersion is important to keep them working as they should.

    Simply put, yes! The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is open to any registered business, charity, or public sector organisation. As long as your employer fits into one of these categories, they can apply for the WCS. To prove eligibility, your employer must then meet one of three criteria. They must either: 1. Be a public authority, including government departments, armed forces, the NHS, and emergency services 2. Have received or have currently pending, less than €200,000 of public support in the last 3 financial years 3. Have received or currently have pending, less than 325,000 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) limit of public support in the last 3 financial years and satisfy SDR requirements. Finally, your employer should: • Declare the need for EV charging equipment or intend to encourage others to use it • Be in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland • Have dedicated off-street parking, OR • Have associated parking facilities either on-site or close by • Have the consent of the landlord to install EV chargers if in rented accommodation. For more information about how you can install your own EV chargers, contact the experts in home EV chargers, by calling 0113 345 6798 or filling in our simple enquiry form.
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