Electric vehicle charging points
There are five electric vehicle (EV) dual charging points available for public use in the borough:
How does it work?
The EV charging points are operated by BP Pulse. Users need to register on the BP Pulse website to obtain a card to operate the posts. You can also search the website to find your nearest charge point.
How much does it cost?
For the latest membership prices and charging tariffs, please visit the BP Pulse website.
How long will it take to charge my vehicle?
The EV charging points in Dacorum each have two sockets, allowing slow or fast charging:
- Slow charging (up to three kilowatts): Using the standard 13-amp three-pin plug socket, charging an EV usually takes between six and eight hours (depending on battery capacity).
- Fast charging (seven kilowatts): Using the ‘Type 2’ socket, charging an EV usually takes between three and four hours (depending on battery capacity).
What are the benefits of going electric?
The benefits of electric vehicles include:
- Zero emissions – improving air quality and reducing local air pollution
- Climate change – reducing carbon dioxide from road transport. If electric vehicles are powered by renewably sourced/green tariff electricity then they will help to combat climate change
- Quieter – minimal engine and transmission noise
- No Vehicle Excise Duty (vehicle tax)
- Low running costs
- London Congestion Charge – electric vehicles are not required to pay the Congestion Charge.
Businesses investing in EVs get the same advantages as those listed above, plus these financial perks for fleets:
- Low employer National Insurance contributions (and associated lower company car tax for employees).
- 100 per cent First Year Capital Allowance for organisations purchasing EVs – allowing the whole cost of purchase to be offset against taxable profits in the first year.
- No fuel duty payable on electricity.
- Positive publicity ‘green credentials’.
Incentives and perks
The Government has set up incentive schemes to support and encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.
- Plug-In Vehicle Grant - You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the Government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. The maximum grant available for cars is £2,500.
- Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme - The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is a grant that provides a 75 per cent contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The main requirement is that a person owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. A person may apply for two charge points at the same property if they have two qualifying vehicles.
For more information, or to report faults, please contact BP Pulse.
Telephone: 0330 016 5126