Is your holiday property EV ready? Until recently, holiday lets didn’t qualify for EV charge point grant funding. However, as part of the UK Government’s Road to Zero Initiative, funding has been opened up to include holiday lets, B&Bs, and other similar holiday accommodation.
Many businesses, such as supermarkets, have already installed public EV charge points and offer free EV charging to their visitors. Thus, it’s only a matter of time before EV charge point installation becomes an essential feature of your holiday let.
So, what are the benefits of EV charge point installation for your holiday accommodation?
Why Invest in EV Charge Point Installation for Your Holiday Let?
There are many advantages to EV charge point installation for your holiday accommodation. Firstly, EV charging will allow your business to reduce its carbon footprint while attracting new green-conscious customers who need to stay at a location with a dedicated EV charge point.
Increasingly, drivers will look for great places to stay that allow them to charge their vehicles overnight. While EV drivers can charge their vehicles by connecting directly to your mains electric supply, this is not a long-term solution. It can take over 14 hours to fully charge a flat EV battery using the mains supply. Worse, charging using a three-pin plug for that long can be dangerous for your guests and your electrics.
By contrast, a dedicated EV charge point is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your guests’ vehicles charged. For example, charging an EV with a 60kW battery would cost around £8 to charge from empty to full. The average home charge provides a maximum of 7kWh per hour, which costs roughly 15p per kWh of electricity.
Most of your guests will only need to charge up their batteries once, which makes EV charging an inexpensive and invaluable selling point for your holiday property.
What Government Funding is Available for Holiday EV Charge Point Installation?
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provides different grants to make EV charge point installation more accessible. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), Workplace Chargepoint Scheme, and the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme are different forms of the OLEV grant, and each has its own eligibility requirements.
That grant funding has recently been extended to cover several different types of small businesses, such as holiday lets. This grant funding will cover up 75% of your EV purchase and installation costs, including VAT. You can receive a maximum of £350 per charge point socket installed.
To be eligible for the grant, you must run a registered business that either has a Companies House number, HMRC registration letter, or a VAT registration number. You must have dedicated off-street parking for your guests, and you must own the property listed on the application. If you do not own the property, you must have the landlord’s consent at the time of the application.
Choose EV Charge Point Installation from Applegarth
Home EV charger installation is becoming increasingly popular across the UK. Installing an EV charge point at your holiday accommodation allows your guests to enjoy the familiar comforts of home in a new setting. Before you can benefit from EV charge point installation and the OLEV grant, you must choose the right installation company.
The EV charger installer you choose must be OLEV-approved. An OLEV-approved installer, such as Applegarth, can help you apply for your OLEV grant and deliver high-quality installation services that benefit your business.
Applegarth has nearly 15 years of experience in delivering renewable energy solutions. Our trained technicians can support you through every stage of your EV charge point installation journey. Whether you need help applying for your OLEV grant or need to choose the right charge point for your B&B, holiday let, or home – we can help.
Contact us today, and one of our experienced team members can get you started with an obligation-free quote.