Stockport based, KAST Energy, have recently installed 2 electric vehicle charge points for MAN Energy Solutions (Formerly known as MAN Diesel) in Hazel Grove.
Fast charging at users destinations reduces ‘range anxiety’, is convenient and encourages switching to electric vehicles.
Stephen Dootson Commercial Director
We are seeing increasing demand with more and more units in both public places and workplace carparks. As companies address environmental impact and sustainability there are also increasing demands form employees for charging points.
It’s estimated that over 1,000,000 EV cars will be on the road by 2020, a record high of EV car sales was reached March 2018 at almost 10,000 which is reassuring news, helping air quality of inner cities and reducing the production of greenhouse gases.
With just 17,000 EV charge points and an estimated 182,000 EV cars on the road in the UK and an average of 5000 EV cars being registered every month, the infrastructure is too small to cater for this rapidly increasing demand.
Range anxiety is real as most EV cars operate between 120 and 200 miles before needing a re-charge, so to cater for this increasing demand, a further 85,000 destination charge points will be required by 2020.
KAST Energy Technologies are seeing a demand for their range of EV Chargers that cover all 3 main types: ‘slow’ charging units (up to 3kW) which are best suited for 6-8 hours overnight; ‘fast’ chargers (7-22kW) which can fully recharge some models in 3-4 hours; and ‘rapid’ charging units (43-50kW) which are able to provide an 80% charge in around 30 minutes, ideal for the workplace.
4p v 18p per mile
There are significant cost benefits to the electric vehicle user too. Using the assumption that electricity is currently around £0.13p per kWh making the cost per mile of an EV car £0.04p per mile and an average diesel car having a consumption of 35mpg giving a pence per mile cost of £0.18p. Based on 3 examples of typical annual mileage then the savings on fuel alone are significant.
And finally as a footnote, for company car users, battery electric vehicles are also rewarded with lower Benefits In Kind rates, at 16% for during 2019/20 and then reducing to only 2%-5% for 2020/21, compared with diesel at least 24% throughout.
Article supplied by Kes Scott, Managing Director of Stockport based www.kast-energy.co.uk.