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COVID-19 leads to massive surge in at-home EV charging installations

According to a recent report at airqualitynews.com there has been a 354 per cent surge in electric vehicle (EV) charger installations between April and June 2020.

The research, conducted for trade director website Checkatrade.com found that EV onwership is more affrodable than ever as much of the average £1,000 cost of installing an at-home EV charging point is eligible to be covered by government grants.

Currently, EV owners can apply for a government grant towards the cost of charge point installation. The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is offering a £350 grant through its Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Many homeowners are also eligible to apply for a grant from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

After government contributions a 3kW electric car charger – which can charge a vehicle in 6-8 hours – costs £250-£500. A 7kW electric car charger – which takes just 3-4 hours – costs £450-£800.

According to Checkatrade.com, if you plan on only ever charging the car overnight a 3kW charge station should suffice.

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