With more electric cars coming to the market every day, it’s no surprise that the popularity of electric vehicles is rising quickly. Data shows that London is leading the way, followed second by Newcastle and third by Glasgow. The whole of the UK is preparing to make the switch, and more electric vehicle charging points are being installed both at home and in public in garages, shopping centres, hotels and other locations. 

Why are electric vehicles becoming so popular? 

The UK government has made a pledge to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and since the announcement more cities have been putting plans in place to get ready for the change. There are also more Ultra-Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) being implemented in areas with previously high levels of pollution, and cities such as Birmingham and Glasgow following London’s lead. As more policies are put in place, electric vehicles are becoming a more popular choice for those wanting to make a positive impact on air quality and avoid additional charges. 

Where can I find an electric vehicle charging point to use? 

This might come as a surprise, but there are more places to charge an electric vehicle than there are petrol stations in the UK. You can use https://www.zap-map.com/live/ to find a charging point when you’re on the go. The most common places you’ll find an EV charging point are supermarkets, shopping centres, public car parks, hotels and sometimes service stations. They’re often free to use, just make sure to check for any restrictions on how long you can park up. 

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

On average it takes 3-4 hours to fully charge an EV using a fast charger, but when you’re on the go or back and forth running errands, you can opt for a top up and set off sooner, or find a location with a rapid charger from 43kW, if your vehicle is compatible. 

Vistec is a Trusted installer of Sevadis EV charging products, and their new MaxiCharger product is the most cost-effective single socket charger to date. The MaxiCharger is available in 7.4kW, 11kW and 22kW, all of which class as a fast charger. 

sevadis EV chargingSevadis Products installed by Vistec Systems 

Sevadis have a great range of EV charging points that meet every requirement and location. Vistec recently completed an installation for an assisted living residence that required EV charging points. Having a charging point on site is not only a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability, but it offers an additional USP and level of service for residents.

Sevadis EV charging point

What do I need to think about when choosing an EV charger? 

Electric Vehicle Charging Points are still relatively new and there is a lot to understand before you purchase. From tethered and untethered chargers (explained here) and wall or pedestal mounted, it’s necessary to do your research before purchasing. At Vistec we can advise on the right EV charger type for your setting, ensuring you don’t make any costly mistakes, and we take care of installation too. 

Vistec Systems is an established installer of security systems, and we’re delighted to now be able to provide and install electric vehicle charging points for businesses and customers requiring a charging point at home. Get in touch with us today for a no obligation quote or visit vistec-evcp.co.uk