Electric vehicles have to be charged in order to work. With the influx of new electric vehicles coming onto the roads, what changes can we expect? Will public charges still be available? Or should electric vehicle owners start to consider home charging?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Will new number plate changes affect home charging?’

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How do public car chargers work?

Do electric cars pay a congestion charge?

With the UK seeing a growing number of electric vehicles come into play, public car chargers are also on the rise in order to support the electric vehicles. Here are the main points you should know about public car chargers.

  • Public car chargers are operated by numerous companies. There are various apps available that can help you find a charging network that works for you and your vehicle. Like with companies that offer petrol, companies that offer public car charging may have their own special offers.
  • There are currently three types of public chargers. These are slow (3-7kW) Fast (22-50kW) and rapid (50kW). As you can imagine, slow chargers take the longest for a full charge, so are suitable for overnight stays, whereas rapid and fast chargers can top up and fill your battery at a faster rate.
  • Some public chargers come at a cost which would require payment. Costs are varied depending on factors such as the charging network you use, the kind of charger you use, and electricity rates.
  • You can find public car chargers in many areas as of recently, supermarket car parks, regular car parks, some service stations, on-street parking bays, and more.
  • The likelihood of having to download an app that can help you find a public charger that is compatible with your vehicle is high. This will help to prevent any issues with charging your vehicle.

How can you stop people from removing your charger?

Unfortunately, there may be instances in which another driver may remove your charger and charge their vehicle with the public car charger, although there isn’t a full-proof method to prevent this, there are options available including…

  • Using a charger with a lock
  • Parking strategically to prevent it from being taken.
  • Portable chargers have their own security measures, and can be used even if there is no station available.

Will new number plate changes affect home charging?

Will new number plate changes affect home charging?

With tens of thousands new electric vehicles set to be on the UK roads from May, all of which will have the new ‘24’ number plate, there will be a change in home charging. But how?

Well, with the massive influx of electric vehicles on the way, It’s safe to assume that public charging ports may become more difficult to find, as they are more likely to be in use. This impacts home charging, as there will likely be an increase in people opting to install chargers at their homes.

This serves as a more convenient option for drivers and public charging areas alike, as the likelihood of public charging areas to be available is higher than it would have been.

Are there any benefits to owning a home charger for an electric vehicle?

Yes. Surprisingly there are quite a few benefits that can come as a result of investing in a home charger, they are as follows.

  • It’s cost-effective: Home charging is typically much cheaper than relying on public stations. You can take advantage of off-peak electricity rates, which can be up to 5 times lower than daytime rates.
  • Better convenience: No more hunting for available public chargers. Simply plug in at home and wake up to a fully charged car every morning.
  • Faster charging: Dedicated home chargers (7kW) are significantly faster than a standard 3-pin plug. This means you can top up your battery overnight for most EVs.
  • Safer than public chargers: Home chargers are installed on dedicated circuits and meet safety regulations, unlike relying on potentially overloaded public stations. Of course, public stations have to be safe in order to use, but unfortunately, you can not account for the way other people misuse or tamper with public equipment.
  • Potentially increases property value: With the rise of electric vehicles, having a home charger could make your house more attractive to future buyers.

Is it cheaper to charge an electric vehicle at home?

In most cases, yes. Unless you find a free public charging station. The cost of charging an electric car at home depends on two main factors:

1. Electricity price

 Measured in pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh). The average UK electricity price is around 32p/kWh [source], but it can vary depending on your energy supplier and chosen tariff.

2. Battery capacity of your car:

Measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). A larger battery will naturally cost more to charge from empty to full.

However, there are ways to bring this cost down:

  • Off-peak tariffs: Many energy suppliers offer cheaper rates during off-peak hours (typically overnight). By charging your car at night, you can significantly reduce the cost.
  • Economy 7 or similar tariffs: These split your day into cheaper and more expensive electricity rates. Scheduling charging during the cheaper period can save money.

Can I buy a custom number plate for an electric car?

What is an Electric Car?

Bespoke Plates makes the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. This is regardless of whether you’re after a standard replacement number plate, or a gel plate. Here is the process.

By following these steps, you will also have the option to see the plate before making a decision.

Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Upgrade your number plate today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options, and the information you need in order to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have answered the question ‘Will new number plate changes affect home charging?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

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