Free Home Charge Unit for EV Cars @ Pod Point
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Free Home Charge Unit for EV Cars @ Pod Point

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Found 11th Mar 2014
Free electric vehicle charging units with free installation for the home. Haven't ordered it myself as I live in an apartment but I would deffinitely get one if I lived in a house. I'd also be tempted to actually buy an electric car if i had this.

Free 3.7 kW Home Charger.
Charges the following in 6-8 hours

Nissan Leaf
Vauxhall Ampera
Peugeot Ion
Mitsubishi iMiEV
Toyota Prius PHEV
Renault Kangoo
Citroen C-Zero
Renault Fluence (Phase 1)

Can upgrade to Fast Charger for £90.

21 Comments

It's not free! The taxpayer bears the cost. It will cost taxpayers £37 million to pay for the plug-in points -- £13.5 million for the homeowner ones. There's also a £5,000 taxpayer-subsidy given to each electric car purchaser to make them 'affordable' (£8,000 for electric van owners).

Anybody know if there are any contract terms etc? I.e you are tied into a contract.

Also, which is best, this or the British Gas one?

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M0nk3h

Anybody know if there are any contract terms etc? I.e you are tied into a … Anybody know if there are any contract terms etc? I.e you are tied into a contract.



It says they just want you to ensure its connected for 3 years so that looks like the tie in period but you dont actually pay anything so whether its connected for 3 years or 6 years doesn't matter. I think they just collect data on usage.

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Ridgehead

Also, which is best, this or the British Gas one?



Looks the same. Only difference I can see is the British Gas one is 3kw whereas this is 3.7kw.

pasheast

It's not free! The taxpayer bears the cost. It will cost taxpayers £37 … It's not free! The taxpayer bears the cost. It will cost taxpayers £37 million to pay for the plug-in points -- £13.5 million for the homeowner ones. There's also a £5,000 taxpayer-subsidy given to each electric car purchaser to make them 'affordable' (£8,000 for electric van owners).



No the government bears the cost, taxes no longer belong to the tax payers its money that now belongs to the government and these incentives are to encourage people to switch to greener alternatives. Get your priorities fixed.

eraldo

No the government bears the cost, taxes no longer belong to the tax … No the government bears the cost, taxes no longer belong to the tax payers its money that now belongs to the government......


What utter nonsense! If the government pays, we pay. It's one and the same thing.

Newbold

What utter nonsense! If the government pays, we pay. It's one and the … What utter nonsense! If the government pays, we pay. It's one and the same thing.



Then raise your voice to the £BILLIONS being spent on wars in Afghanistan and the like rather than things that are part of green initiatives to make greener cars more worth while to people.

Its also not nonsense. You pay taxes on money you earn in the country its like paying for a right to earn what you do. So its no longer your money its the states money and the state has a history of spending wtf it likes on what ever it likes. Like £200,000 on a hell fire missile, £50,000 on a Persian toilet seat for whitehall or £50 per household to get an electric car charging point.
Guess which one i find the least stupid.

eraldo

Then raise your voice to the £BILLIONS being spent on wars in Afghanistan … Then raise your voice to the £BILLIONS being spent on wars in Afghanistan and the like rather than things that are part of green initiatives to make greener cars more worth while to people.Its also not nonsense. You pay taxes on money you earn in the country its like paying for a right to earn what you do. So its no longer your money its the states money and the state has a history of spending wtf it likes on what ever it likes. Like £200,000 on a hell fire missile, £50,000 on a Persian toilet seat for whitehall or £50 per household to get an electric car charging point.Guess which one i find the least stupid.


I agree with your sentiment - though the cost of the EV charging points is nearer £1000 than the £50 you mention:

"The government estimates that it will cost between about £1,000 and £1,500 for drivers with off-street parking to install charging points in their garages or driveways; it will fund 75% of this cost, up to a maximum contribution of £1,000."

Newbold

I agree with your sentiment - though the cost of the EV charging points … I agree with your sentiment - though the cost of the EV charging points is nearer £1000 than the £50 you mention:"The government estimates that it will cost between about £1,000 and £1,500 for drivers with off-street parking to install charging points in their garages or driveways; it will fund 75% of this cost, up to a maximum contribution of £1,000."



Ridiculous estimation, its a normal 3 pin plug with a box that hooks onto the wall or over the top of an existing plug. There is very little installing to do unless you have no plug sockets in your garage in which case it would be a simple matter or wiring one up and that would cost no where near £1000.

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I agree with eraldo. The government wastes so much money on other things like wars, nuclear subs, etc which no one kicks up a fuss over but when it comes to small schemes like this which is a drop in the ocean in terms of taxes being spent, out come the "our tax's" brigade.

Atleast this scheme is being done to make the world a cleaner place. Nuclear missiles and wars only work to destroy this world and cost a whole lot more. Now imagine if all those billions were spent for greener tech, we would be world leaders in this field.

eraldo

Ridiculous estimation, its a normal 3 pin plug with a box that hooks onto … Ridiculous estimation, its a normal 3 pin plug with a box that hooks onto the wall or over the top of an existing plug. There is very little installing to do unless you have no plug sockets in your garage in which case it would be a simple matter or wiring one up and that would cost no where near £1000.


Ridiculous estimation or not, that's what HMG is paying out to contractors. Do the words 'gold' 'mine' 'incompetent' and 'coalition' spring to mind?

Newbold

Ridiculous estimation or not, that's what HMG is paying out to … Ridiculous estimation or not, that's what HMG is paying out to contractors. Do the words 'gold' 'mine' 'incompetent' and 'coalition' spring to mind?



Don't believe government estimations, I certainly don't they over estimate these numbers so they can hide other cash leaks and other wastes inside those made up numbers.

eraldo

Don't believe government estimations, I certainly don't they over … Don't believe government estimations, I certainly don't they over estimate these numbers so they can hide other cash leaks and other wastes inside those made up numbers.


There's no estimation about it - that's what they're actually paying contractors, and that's why there's something of a boom going on. Easy money for the installers.

Newbold

There's no estimation about it - that's what they're actually paying … There's no estimation about it - that's what they're actually paying contractors, and that's why there's something of a boom going on. Easy money for the installers.



It is just that!!! an estimation.

is it still available ?

It is still available to anyone for a few more weeks. After that the grant funded chargers will be restricted to EV owners or people with a verified electric car order. (Which is how it should have been from the start.)

Banned

Whats to stop me applying for this, getting it fitted and never actually using it (just in case I decide to get an electric car)?

Rorschach1

Whats to stop me applying for this, getting it fitted and never actually … Whats to stop me applying for this, getting it fitted and never actually using it (just in case I decide to get an electric car)?


Nothing whatever.

Rorschach1

Whats to stop me applying for this, getting it fitted and never actually … Whats to stop me applying for this, getting it fitted and never actually using it (just in case I decide to get an electric car)?



At the moment, nothing. You would have to agree to leave the unit installed, connected and switched on for a minimum of three years.

After 1 September you must own or have use of a plug-in vehicle to qualify.

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