If we are to fight climate change we will need to move from petrol drive cars to electric cars. However, there is a problem – charging the car. A battery will only last so long before it needs to be charged up again.
Although there are a growing number of charging points at service stations and some other locations, it is often still hard to find a place to charge your car when you need it. Which is a disincentive to buy one.
As it generally takes quite a long time, the best place to charge a car is at home. There are now companies which can instal chargepoints for you – although they are only suitable for properties with their own garage, or at least off-road parking where you can instal the charging point on the property wall.
The companies that I have found which will do this are:
No doubt there are others.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
This is a scheme, which you can read about here, which pays a 75% contribution towards the cost of installing a chargepoint at a domestic property.
The applicant has to prove that they have a suitable vehicle but it does not appear that the scheme is limited to homeowners. In which case, if your tenant has a suitable vehicle he (or she) could make the application and arrange for the chargepoint to be installed and you could pay the balance of the cost – provided the tenant agreed not to remove the chargepoint subsequently.
Note that I have not read the regulations in detail.
Chargepoints at car parks
If you are a landlord of a larger property, perhaps a large building divided into flats, with a car parking area for the residents, you could consider installing a chargepoint in your car parking area.
This is a service that Chargemaster provide which you can read about here.
If you are unable to provide a chargepoint
You can at least notify tenants where the nearest car chargpoints are to the property, maybe in a tenant information pack provided to tenants when they move in.
You can find your nearest car charging points using the Zap Map.