FAQs

At Go Electric we get asked questions daily about Electric Vehicle charging points. We’ve detailed some of these below to help you on your electric journey.

If you don’t find the question or answer you’re looking for, please get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help.

For Domestic

An electric vehicle has no internal combustion engine. Instead, it’s powered by an electric motor powered by rechargeable batteries.

Yes, absolutely! Charging your electric car at home is the most efficient way to charge. It saves you time too. With a dedicated charging point you simply plugin when your car is not in use and smart technology will start and stop the charge for you.

Yes, there is no need to worry about overcharging, simply leave your car plugged into a dedicated charging point and the smart device will know how much power is needed to top up and switch off after.

Dedicated charging points have layers of protection built in to withstand the rain and extreme weather conditions meaning it is perfectly safe to charge your vehicle.

Unlike their heavily polluting combustion engine cousins, electric vehicles are emission-free on the road. However, the generation of electricity still generally produces emissions, and this needs to be taken into account. Even so, research suggests a reduction of 40% in emissions compared with a small petrol car, and as the UK National Grid uses becomes ‘greener’, that figure will increase significantly.

Yes, you can – but with great caution…

  • You’ll need to have your home socket inspected by a qualified electrician to make certain that your wiring is safe for the high electrical load needed
  • Make sure you have a socket in a suitable location to take the charging cable: it is NOT safe to use an extension cable for recharging your car
  • This method of charging is very slow – around 6-8 hours for a 100-mile range

Using a dedicated car charging point is much safer, cheaper and faster than standard plug sockets. What’s more, with the OLEV grants now widely available, a quality charging point from Go Electric can cost as little as £250, fitted and working.

Just leave it to us! When you order your charging point from Go Electric, we simply check your eligibility and take a few details so we can handle your claim for you. We’ll do all the legwork and your charging point installation bill will be reduced by £500!

Inevitably, using more power by charging your vehicle at home will increase your electricity bill. However, the rise in this cost is just a fraction of the cost of fueling standard petrol or diesel vehicles.

Although you’ll probably do most of your car charging at home or at work, you’re bound to need top-ups from time to time while you’re out on the road. There are numerous websites and apps (such as Zap Map and Open Charge Map) which indicate the nearest charging stations and the types of chargers available.

There are currently well in excess of 15,000 public charging points in the UK with over 26,000 plugs and new ones are being installed all the time, so the opportunities for recharging your car en route are increasing week by week.

For Business

Yes, the OLEV Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) gives eligible applicants up to £500 for each charging socket up to a maximum of 20 sockets across your sites. That’s a huge grant of up to £10,000 available per business.

Your Go Electric adviser will be happy to discuss this with you in detail – plus we’ll make your life easier by handling the whole claim process for you.

There are various options (including keys and RFID cards) for securing your charge points and making sure that only authorised users can access them. We’ll work with you to identify the best strategy for you and your business.

Yes, certainly. There are many user access and usage monitoring options including tokens, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a range of intelligent software systems from which to choose. We’ll work with you to identify the right options for your needs.

We work with a variety of manufacturers and can, therefore, provide you with the ideal charging points for your users’ vehicles.

As your property, you are of course entitled to take your charging points with you to your new premises. However, the charge points must only be moved by a qualified electrician.

Naturally, the Go Electric team will be only too happy to help.