One of the key challenges facing the electric car is the lack of a suitable charging infrastructure in the UK, which makes it hard to use an electric car for any but the shortest journeys.
This problems is gradually being addressed; I wrote recently about the ‘electric highway’ of roadside charging points being created by green electricity company Ecotricity.
Now, another piece of the jigsaw is falling into place; home charging. Two UK companies have recently announced that they will start fitting home charging points for electric cars.
Power company npower has announced a range of charging points aimed at home users and small businesses. The charging points will be called Juice Points and three models will be available:
- Easy Box Juice Point (home users & small businesses);
- Smart Box Juice Point (car parks and offices – faster charging);
- Smart Station Juice Point (can charge two cars simaltaneously, designed for public use).
For more information, visit www.npower.com/campaigns/ev/charging/
A second company, Chargemaster, has also announced a range of home charging points that will form part of a national scheme called Polar.
Chargemaster’s home charging points will cost £95 to install and will incur a monthly fee of between £19.50 and £32.50. Customers buying new electric cars from Nissan, Renault and Vauxhall will be able to order a charging point when they buy their cars, and Citroen, Mitsubishi and Peugeot are expected to offer a similar arrangement soon.
For more information, visit www.chargemasterplc.com.