Will I be able to charge my staff to use the EV charging points at our office?

Yes, we can put back-office systems in place to allow you to charge for the energy they use. Whether through an app, or use of RFID cards/fobs that can be topped up as necessary.

How will I know if my property has enough power to run chargers?

During our survey stage, we can establish this to see what the limitations are.  If needed, we can program the chargers to ‘dynamically load the balance’ against your supply. What this means is if they detect your supply is close to the limit, the units simply de-rate or turn down until the capacity has been restored.

Why can’t I just use a conventional three pin plug to charge my car?

This is an option but there are things to bare in mind when charging this way:

Your charging cable may not have the built in safety devices that would disconnect the car in the event of an electrical fault, generally a Mode 3 EV charger would have this either built in or part of the installation process.

It could possibly take twice as long to charge a fully electric car using this method as you would be limited to the 13amps supply from the socket outlet being used.

Although, a socket outlet is rated to 13 amps of current, they may not have been designed to be run at the limit for 10-20 hours constantly, and used 2-4 times per week.  This could cause overheating and even burning of the socket/plug top, which can be very risky.  A mode 3 EV charger has been designed for this type of use.

Do I have to have an app on my phone to charge?

No, most home chargers can be set to ‘plug and charge’ for ease of use.  Commercial and public chargers are also available for use with contactless payment machines to avoid this.  Although, smartphone apps are becoming increasingly more user friendly.

How long will it take my car to charge?

Every car has a different size battery that is measured in kilowatt hours (kwh).  For most home chargers you can charge at a rate of 7kW / 20-25 miles of range per hour.  This means that if you have a 70kwh battery, it would take around 10 hours to charge.

This is generally fine when you charge overnight or at work.  There are faster charging points available away from your home and come in different power ratings around the public areas.

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