By charging people to use it!


1.       How to charge

2.       How much to charge


This is simple. Through our sister site we have a charging mechanism.  When a driver pulls up at your charger they send a text which tells us which charger they want to turn on and for how long.

You will set the price on our website

We collect the money and send it to you at the end of each month, simples



Assume 23kW of electricity or 2 gallons of petrol will power an EV for 100 miles

–          At 10/p/kWh 23kW costs £2.30

–          At £1.40/litre 9 litres of petrol (2 gallons) would cost £12.60

So a reasonable price would be anywhere in between.


A low price might encourage EV drivers to come to you; a high price will speed up payback.  Your choice, no laws yet.



We cannot sell electricity by the kW on the roadside so we “rent” our sockets.  You can set 2 charges

1.       To plug in (say £1)

2.       Per hour that the socket is turned on.  Using a 32amp socket a car will draw between 0 and 7.5kW in an hour (depends on the charge in the car, the weather, the controls etc).  Assume that you wish to charge say 30p/kWh then £2.25 an hour would be the price.  (I have paid £2 for 30 mins to charge my phone with a lot less electricity) is so easy to use that you can change the price regularly, i.e. increase it for a special event or reduce it for publicity


Please do not look at the number of hybrids and electrics on the road, look at the number of Plug In cars (not all Hybrids and LEVs plug in).  The SMMT’s website  list registrations per month.

There are not that many on the roads but their number is increasing.  At the moment we have the Ampera and Leaf leading the publicity field, the I-miev, C5 and Ion right behind and a few others.

This summer we will see the plug-in Prius followed by some Lexus models.  The first all-electric Ford Focus was delivered at the end of May (in America but it will make its way here soon)

I expect that the number of plug-ins will increase as the number of models available increases.

Get one now or in a few months or years?  Well, get it now and it comes complete with publicity showing your Green Credentials.  Plus, we have an offset option which means you can have a charger with no capital expense.

People will charge where they park their cars, so if you have a charger it is probably time to give me a call 01268 415 447    07 88 77 48 275 or

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According to the SMMT ( the number of new cars eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant registered in May 2012 was 181, that is an amazing 229% increase on May 2011!  Year to date the figure is 669 up 36% on this time last year.

If this rate of growth continues then car parks are going to need EV chargers to meet their customer’s needs.  My blog explains how you can get a charger for free, paying from the revenue only.

Of course chargers should earn you money and I will be writing a blog soon about how you can make that happen through our pay-as-you-charge system (


Meanwhile what I want to know is why have registrations (new car sales) for plug-in cars increased so dramatically in the last month.  Is it the introduction of the new Ampera (

In the near future there will be a lot more plug in models available.

The Plug-In Prius is released this summer and Lexus will be following with more models.

The Renault is interesting, the cars are significantly cheaper but there is a monthly rental for the batteries.  On average I fill my car with petrol once or twice a week spending about £50 a time.  If the Renault batteries are £75 a month then the vehicle would represent a significant decrease in my travel costs.

So is the growth sustainable.  The detractors would say there is no appetite for electric cars; I have said for a while that the market is being held back by a lack of models.  So I will be keeping my eye on the figures to see if this increase is the start of a new trend or a blip in the figures

Meanwhile, if you have a car park, is it time to start considering putting in an electric car charging solution?  Contact me if you think the answer is Yes!

Since writting this the following news has been anounced

Bankrupt carmaker Saab has been sold to a Chinese-Swedish investment group which aims to turn the company into a maker of electric vehicles.

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The Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are not yet available but likely to earn around the same when they are introduced

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In a conventional system water is pumped around the radiators at around 70 degrees centigrade.  The water passes through radiators, the heat transfers from the radiator in to the air in the room.  Simples

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5% of the water heated 20 degrees less that has got to be efficient!

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The amount of solar electricity a solar panel will generate is tested at 25 degrees centigrade.  If the temperature increases then the amount of solar electricity generated will fall.

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* Building Services Research and Information Association