Why architects must consider electric car charge points at design stage

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With a new date of 2035 set for when the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be banned, now really is the time to be considering electric vehicle charging as part of your build. The UK government has set 2050 as the year to achieve virtually zero carbon emittance.

With demand for electric cars increasing, so will the need for charging points. It’s therefore important for architects, designers and property developers to consider the installation of electric charging points at design stage whether for homes, housing developments and commercial offices so that vehicle charging is integrated.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging points design and installation

Whether for clients looking to charge at home or for the general public charging their electric car on local high streets, or workers charging at offices, this is a vital solution to have on a driveway, high street or office forecourt. If building users are demanding the solution then landlords, developers and local authorities will be questioning the provision of such solutions for new builds and refurbishment projects more and more.

Incorporating an EV charging station at design stage prevents retrofit costs in the future.

An assessment by an electrical contractor at design stage will enable you to see any challenges that you need to overcome.

Architects working closely with an electrical contractor will ensure that the EV charging point or points is placed at optimum position with all other building services considered.

EV charging points can then be installed quickly and safely as all scenarios have been considered initially.

With government grants available for domestic, workplace and on-street charging points, application can be processed in a timely manner.

OLEV government grant

There are government grant schemes available for electric vehicle charging infrastructure which include:

For instance, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme offers grants of up to 75% towards the cost of installing EV points at UK domestic properties.

The Workplace Charging Scheme is voucher-based. It provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme provides grants for local authorities towards the installation cost of on-street residential charge points for plug-in electric vehicles.

GK Electrical can provide assistance to all parties with the application for an Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) government grant which will offset the cost of the installation.

As an approved ROLEC EV ChargePoint installer, we can provide guidance to architects, builders, local authorities and homeowners and complete the electrical installation.

Get in touch with our team of electrical contractors to discuss your electric car charger installation.

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