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How to Boost your Holiday Let Bookings by Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Thanks to this Government Grant

How to Boost your Holiday Let Bookings by Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Thanks to this Government Grant.

Guest Article: Linda Grave, EV Driver.

By 2030 we will be an EV (electric vehicle) nation.  The number of EV’s on the road is growing rapidly and drivers are looking for lovely places to stay where they can charge their cars overnight.

Not only would installing an EV charging unit in your holiday let encourage greener living, it would also increase your clientele base and offer a little something different for environmentally aware guests. 

The good news is that there is now grant funding available to help pay for the charge unit!  The Government recently opened up the grants scheme to include small business such as holiday lets. The aim is to boost EV charging in rural areas and ensure peace of mind when drivers travel outside of cities.   

The new system will pay up to 75% of the purchase and installation costs (inclusive of VAT) capped at a maximum of £350 per charge point socket. 

The scheme is open to organisations (as defined below) that fulfil criteria:

  • Are you a registered business, evidenced by a Companies House reference number?
  • Alternatively apply by using your VAT registration number or HMRC registration letter.
  • You have dedicated off-street parking for guests.
  • You own the property or have consent from the landlord for charge points to be installed at all the sites listed in the application.

As an idea of cost to charge per vehicle per booking, the charge unit we would recommend for homes is a 7kWh charge unit which can deliver a maximum of 7kWh per hour.  If we take an average of 15p per kWh cost for electricity and a good size EV with a 60kW battery ( 200+mile range) to charge from empty to full, it will be around £8 to fill up.  Most people will need to fill up once when they arrive and maybe a top up.      

EV Driver is able to help and advise on the best type of charging for you and can arrange installation too.  Get in touch for advice and guidance today, mentioning Best of Suffolk.

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