1. How to charge
2. How much to charge
HOW TO CHARGE
This is simple. Through our sister site www.levhub.co.uk 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
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
FROM THE DRIVERS POINT OF VIEW
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.
FROM OWNERS POINT OF VIEW
A low price might encourage EV drivers to come to you; a high price will speed up payback. Your choice, no laws yet.
HOW WE CHARGE
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)
www.levhub.co.uk 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 http://www.smmt.co.uk/category/news-registration-evs-afvs/ 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 http://levcharging.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/offset-deal.html 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 Charles@usethesun.co.uk
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