Electric Vehicle Charging Points

EV charging

Remember the days when B&Bs went from having ‘hot and cold running water in each room’ signs and then had to upgrade to full private bathrooms because the market demanded it? And then WIFI became the must-have? At some point this will happen with EV charging points… 

The following is intended to provide some links and points to consider. It does not constitute direct advice*.

Considerations:

  • Do you need to upgrade your electricity supply?
  • Have you told your insurance company you plan to add EV charging points? Some companies are unhappy at the possibility of increased fire risk, even if this is reduced by approved installers
  • Do you need planning permission? Not usually, but you might do if you have a listed building. More info    More info    
  • Consider when you’ll charge EVs – you may be able to use cheaper night tariffs if you can install a smart meter. 

Installing EV chargers

There is some useful background information on this page.

If you use an approved installer, they should be able to also advise you on available grants and some will help you apply for them. There is a list of approved installers here  

Grants

Here is the link to the government grants for EV charging points which is available for workplaces. This scheme will be phased out by April. New details of the scheme to include holiday accommodation are due to come into effect in February, new government guidance has not yet been issued. A summary can be found here.  

Re-charging visitors

If you are planning to pass on EV charging costs to your visitors, please remember:

  • EV charging points are likely to become a feature of accommodation in the same way that guests now expect free wifi.
  • If you manage to get a grant to instal EV charging points, you may not be allowed to charge visitors for access.
  • Obtaining units which require payment could prove to be more expensive as they’d be tied to a network, or they would need to be contactless. Some fact units don’t provide this functionality.

You can consider locking your EV charger (e.g. with a PIN number) and then sign up to an app which handles the payment automatically. There’s some info on this here.

More useful info on: Hubsta, PodPoint and BP Pulse.

Appearing on maps  

You may choose to appear on one of the EV map sites such as Zap Map, Carwow, or Plugshare. The most popular of these is currently Zap Map. Do consider the implications of the general public knowing they can charge their EV at your business.  

Bear in mind that if your charging unit is as a result of a grant, you may not be allowed to do this.


* Please note that this article is intended to suggest some points to consider and signpost to further information. You are advised to take specialist advice before installing electric vehicle charging points. 

 

6 comments

Charles Forgan

The good news is that I pay 5p a unit to Octopus Go  to charge my EV between 0030 and 0430 allowing me 28 KWH and 100 miles range each early morning even in winter.  The bad news is that Yorkshire (source Yorkshire Post) is the worst area of the country for public chargers.  For example when I last looked at Zap Map there appeared to be not a single rapid (50KV or above) charger in Whitby and but one in Scarborough, hardly a USP for the tourism industry

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Craig Nattress

EV owners can stop off in Ryedale for a charge Charles, we're seeing lots of usage across our car parks.

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revrobbo btinternet.com

Things are beginning to look a little different in Ryedale with public charging points in the local authority car parks in Malton and Pickering as well as supermarket car park. I've just looked at Zap map and found 8 locations in Scarborough and 3 in or close to Whitby. Not sufficient but a start.

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Susan Briggs Staff

There's definitely an escalation, with more and more public charging points coming on stream. I imagine in a year's time the picture will look quite different. Makes me think of the days when we had to find internet cafes, before everyone started to offer wifi, initially paid and then free!

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We are all keenly interested (at least I think we are and if not perhaps should be) in the way to offer electric charging to our guests. Both for those front runners now and for many more in the future.

I acknowledge the progress obviously of much-improved hospitality services for our customers and the way we promote and charge for them over the years. I recall our holidays in the '60s with Mum throughout the UK and stopping at B&B's with a sign out offering rooms at 17/6 per night I think with washing facilities. :-)

However, it is easier for me to understand free WiFi for all as it is a one-off cost remarkably cheap and one that the owner of an establishment almost has to incur to run the business now and therefore to allow others use is pretty much zero cost.

What I am not getting my head around is the fact that 'people' may seem to expect free electricity for their transport away from my establishments. This 'free' service will cost us directly and will inevitably have to be recovered from all customers through a price increase across the board which means a 'green' walker or cyclist is paying for other peoples transport.

That cannot be and so an easily adopted charging system needs to be available surely as I do not pay petrol and diesel costs of my normal vehicle users to leave my premises.

It is surprising how many people cheekily plug in to a normal socket to charge up without asking the owners.

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Craig Nattress

The EV page on NYCC’s website has now been updated to be more current. It includes: 

1.       The benefits of using an electric vehicle
2.       Who is responsible for delivering public charging facilities
3.       How to charge an electric vehicle
4.       Funding opportunities / support
5.       A strategy development update
6.       How to make a suggestion for a charge point location

It also gives contact details for anyone who wants to make suggestions for EVCP locations.

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