Electric Car (EV) Charging Points Information

Automobile industry experts estimate that in the UK over 10 million passenger and 1 million commercial EV’s (electric vehicles) will be sold over the next 15 years. Unfortunately it’s widely reported that the public charging network is woefully inadequate still. But higher EV adoption means there will be an increase in the demand for charging points and EV Charger installation in general. And with a fragile public network the need for a home charger is ever more important. 

MP Walden Ltd are qualified EV charger installers in Newbury, covering Newbury, Berkshire and the Home Counties. We know that the advances in technology and the changing legislation means that for a potential Electric Vehicle driver, navigating the complicated world of chargers, grants and EV’s in general can be confusing. So we’ve put together some information to help you be as informed as possible.

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The current EV landscape

The popularity of electric cars in the UK has shot up over the last few years. 2023 saw an enormous 145% increase in the sales of electric passenger car sales. That means there are an estimated 975,000 battery-electric vehicles on UK roads as of January 2024. And a further 590,000 plug-in hybrids. This is compared with just 3,500 in 2013.

This growth is only expected to accelerate as we prepare for the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales in 2030*. In fact, by the end of 2023, projections estimate that Electric Vehicle sales will overtake diesel and mild hybrid sales.

To assist people with buying new electric cars, the government are providing grants to buy certain vehicles that meet specific criteria. The grants available in the UK in January 2024 are listed in our article “What Grants Are Available For Electric Vehicles?”

*As of September 2023 this has been delayed until 2035 by the current UK Government.

The Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Electric Charging Points

In order to keep all these new electric vehicles running the network of charging points will need to increase across the whole country. The government’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign suggest that by 2027 half of the new cars will be electric vehicles. This would mean 1.3 million new electric vehicles each year requiring charging at:

A growing network

As of the end of December 2023, there were 53,906 public electric vehicle charging points throughout the UK, in 31,056 different locations. That’s a 45% increase on the year before.

Of these, 5,628 of these are rapid chargers. And there are now 4,869 Ultra-rapid public chargers, an increase of over 2,500 on the year before.

It’s worth noting that there is a large regional disparity in public charger numbers. In fact over 30% of the UK’s total chargers are in Greater London, whereas just 3% of the nations public EV chargers are located in the North East.

And although these figures represent a 45% rise on the year before, the UK’s charging network is still significantly smaller than it needs to be.

Rapid acceleration of the existing network is needed to achieve a smooth transition to all electric vehicles when the 2035 ban hits. This inevitably increases the importance of owning your own home electric vehicle charger. 

EV Charger stats 2023

The help available to consumers and businesses for the purchase of Electric Vehicles and Charging infrastructure has changed quite markedly over the last few years. There are grants and subsidies available still though.

The government (OZEV – Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) are offering grants to both residential and commercial users of electric vehicles. Again, there are certain criteria that must be met. MP Walden Electrical are official registered Government approved installers of Electric Vehicle Charging Points. Having an approved installer is an absolute must for grant acceptance. Our expertise as an EV Charger Installer in Berkshire means we can talk you through any information you may need. We can guide you as to what is the best solution for you. You can contact us by email here.

Below we’ve listed some of the grants currently available in the UK in 2023.

Electric Vehicle Charging Grants

As mentioned above, grants are available that can assist with the initial purchase cost of eligible plug-in vehicles and the cost and installation of chargepoints. The following grants are currently available in the UK. Additional grants for electric vehicles purchased and used in Scotland are available, please ask for details. Recently the grants available have changed. As a result we’ve put together a guide of what grants are available as of 2024, you can read it here.

EV Charger Grants for people living in flats and landlords

EV Chargepoint Grant for Flat Owner-occupiers and those living in rented properties

Flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties can benefit from significant savings on EV charging stations. This is through the Governments EV Chargepoint Grant. You need to have off-street parking to be eligible. The grant provides a 75% contribution – up to a maximum of £350 – off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charging point.

(This scheme replaced the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) on 1st April 2022. Grants are no longer open to homeowners (including people with mortgages)).

EV Chargepoint Grant for Landlords

A new scheme has also been introduced and is available to provide funding to install electric vehicle charge points. It’s specifically for landlords and social housing providers.

This scheme replaces the old Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). For details on both these schemes see our Domestic Charge points page or give us a call.

Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme. It provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points. Those eligible include businesses, charities, small accommodation businesses and public sector organisations.

WCS provides a grant equal to 75% of the purchase and installation costs of a charge point. This is capped at a maximum of £350 for each socket up to a limit of 40 single or 20 double sockets per company. 

New grants for schools, colleges, nurseries and acadamies

February 2024 saw the announcement that state funded schools and education institutions with dedicated off-street parking will see an increase in the grants available under a new grant covered by the WCS. The new grant will provide up to 75% of the cost to buy and install chargepoints, up to £2,500 per socket, up from the previous £350. This will be capped at 40 sockets across all sites. The idea is to boost the chargepoint facilities for staff and visitors and could ultimately help schools to generate revenue by making the chargepoints available to the public.

Getting Access to the Grants

To access either of the installation grants, please contact us in the first instance. As an approved EV Charger Installer in Berkshire, we will make the application on your behalf. And as grants are liable to change over time we will be able to give you the latest information with regards to what you may be eligible for. Contact us at info@mpwalden.co.uk. Why not also have a look at our EV Frequently Asked Questions article.

Why choose MP Walden to install your EV Charger?

Fully qualified and experienced

With over 10 years worth of experience as an Domestic and Commercial electrician and having completed all available courses (including NICEIC qualifications), you can trust MP Walden Ltd to install your Electric Vehicle Charger professionally and safely.

Government Approved Installer

MP Walden Ltd have been approved by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and are on the current list of EVHS approved installers. Using a government approved installer is a must if you want to claim a government grant for your charger.

Committed to Environmental Sustainability

As a company, we strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and are committed to helping rebuild areas affected by deforestation & reducing carbon in the atmosphere. As a result we are now working with our charity partner, Ecologi. So how do we contribute? For every EV charger we install, we plant a tree on your behalf

Some of the EV Chargers We Install

We supply and install a wide range of high quality EV Charging Points from a selection of the major manufacturers including myenergi, Easee, Simpson & Partners and Hypervolt. We cater for all budgets. If you’re looking for a Electric Vehicle Charger Installer in Berkshire, just give us a call and we’ll arrange a site visit and carry out a survey to ensure the best solution for you. We’ll provide honest advice about providing the best and most cost effective installation for your home.

We’ll also help with completing any grant applications. Grants and government legislation surrounding electric vehicles are changing all the time. We ensure we’re always 100% up to date with the latest information so you don’t need to be. We’ve even got a Frequently Asked Question page dedicated to questions around EV Charging. And as Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle Chargers have been around for several years now, we also offer a repairs service, should the worst happen and your electric vehicle charger stops working. You can view examples of some of the EV Chargers we have installed in our EV Charger Installation Gallery.