Residential: EV charging
Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly making an impact on the car market and the time when new cars will be electric only is now within sight.
By September 2020 there were more than 164,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads, and over 373,600 plug-in models including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). As a clean form of personal transport, EVs are here to stay and will play an increasingly important part in our lives. The lifetime costs of an EV are significantly lower than those of petrol and diesel vehicles, so they make a lot of sense financially as well as environmentally. Of course, electric vehicles need charging, and the most convenient way to do this is with your own EV charging point.
EV charging point installers
Pennington’s have been involved in this market from its early days. We are very experienced EV charging point installers. We’re OLEV approved and are familiar with the government grant which will reduce the cost to you of installing a charger under the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS)
If you’re planning on buying an electric vehicle, and need a home charging point, just give us a call on 01932 259 620.
Provided you have off-road parking and your EV is on the list of eligible vehicles (see gov.uk) you could get £350 off the cost of buying and installing an electric charger. There are some qualifications around the grant (for example if you’re driving or leasing an EV for less than 6 months, you won’t be eligible) but, if you are the main driver, the grant application should be straightforward.
Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
Since July 2020 it has been the law that landlords must obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for each new tenancy when they rent a property, and if there is already a tenant, then that report will be completed before 1st April 2021.
You can only get an EICR once there has been a proper inspection carried out by a qualified electrician or approved contractor. The report is the result of the inspection and it will say whether or not the property is safe, and what, if any, work is required to ensure that modern standards of electrical safety are met. Resident tenants are obliged to provide access to the property for the inspection to be done, and landlords must provide their tenants with copies of the report. The inspection is not invasive, so carpets and floorboards are not lifted, for example.
Once the inspection is complete, you’ll receive the report. The standard EICR lasts for five years, but a new one is needed if there is a new tenancy within that time. For most landlords, this means you need a new inspection and report each time there is a new tenant.