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24/03/20
We are now installing EMON chargers. See below for features...

Hardware Features
32A @ 240V
Singe-phase 7kW or Three-phase 22kW* (optional)
IEC 60947-5 (type 2) Mennekes Socket
Variable charge rate: 6A-32A (in 1A resolution)
Status RGB LCD display
Integrated power monitoring: session & all-time
Session controls: time limit, energy limit (KWh limit)
Charging timer delay schedule
Control via RAPI serial API
OpenEVSE Controller
IP44 Weatherproof
CE certified
OLEV Homecharge Scheme grant approved (up to £350 discount in UK)
BS EN 61851-1:2011

Software Features
WiFi Interface Live Demo: https://openevse.openenergymonitor.org
Web UI Control Interface.
Eco mode: automatically adjust charging rate depending on available power e.g. Solar PV diversion**
Emoncms data logging
MQTT control & data logging
Remote control via HTTP & MQTT RAPI API
WiFi OTA firmware updating
EVCP
15/03/20
EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme)120,000 domestic chargepoint installations have benefited from OLEV grants
WCS (Workplace Charge Scheme) 6,500 workplace installations have benefited from OLEV grants
ORCS (OnStreet Residential Charge Point Scheme) has supported over 60 local authorities to deliver over 2,000 chargepoints for residents who do not have offstreet parking
EVCP
15/03/20
From 1 April 2020 the grant for these schemes will be set at £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home through the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, and £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the workplace charging scheme.

This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1 April 2020 for EVHS, and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1 April 2020 for WCS."

The change in the grant will enable twice as many people to benefit from a grant (from 30,000 to 57,000 under the EVHS). This will support the expected increase in the update of electric vehicles. 

The government is also pleased to announce 2 further changes of:
we are extending who can benefit from the EVHS scheme to include larger electric motorbikes. Currently only electric cars and vans are eligible
we are addressing the needs of businesses by doubling the number of sockets allowed under the workplace charging scheme from 20 to 40 
EVCP
24/09/19
For employees, charging at work can be a convenient way to recharge an EV whilst parked during the day. From a business point of view, having a charge point at the workplace will become increasingly important as a facility for employees and visitors, while for businesses with an EV fleet it can be an essential operating factor.
Similar to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, the Government offers businesses, organisations, charities, and local authorities financial support to have charge points installed at their premises under the Workplace Charging Scheme. The grant provides up to £500 per socket at 75% of the total cost of installation – up to a maximum of 20 sockets – to be installed on dedicated off-street parking for staff, visitor, or fleet use.

Selecting a Workplace Charging Point
Customer and visitor electric cars will have different charging connectivity needs, so it is important to install a charging point most likely to be compatible with the widest range of vehicles possible. The most common workplace installation is a wall-mounted Type 2 7kW charger, which is compatible with most of the best-selling electric vehicles and will charge a vehicle fully in around 3-4 hours. Some businesses may wish to install a faster 22kW unit or even a Rapid charger if cost and space allow.

Go Ultra Low City Scheme
As part of the Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme, a number of regions across Britain have received significant grants to promote the use of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) and act as pilots for future policy. The regions that applied for GUL City status included EV charge point plans within their applications which may result in some match funding becoming available for local businesses.
The four successful GUL Cities are: Nottingham, Bristol/Bath, London and Milton Keynes. In addition Oxford, Dundee,and York also received some grant funding.
EVCP
24/09/19
EV charging needs to complement the customer experience and not detract from it. Outdated charge points use tags and physical keys (like RFID cards) to allow drivers to access a point.
Equally, some networks require a subscription payment or membership.
Physical access keys have a propensity to fail and come with a large support overhead as they need to be issued, maintained and replaced. Token or coin operated points need to be manually emptied by the host site once full. Additionally, mandatory membership or subscription fees lower the quality of the user experience because they restrict the ability of drivers who are new or occasional users of the network to easily start charging.
Smartphone-enabled chargepoints can be initiated via a mobile app. This model comes with several benefits. Firstly, it allows you to track usage on your network in more detail. Secondly, it also enables a you to collect revenue should you wish to monetise the solution.
Finally, it ensures a reliable and easy-to-use experience for drivers.
EVCP
18/09/19
Home = Slow Charging At home or residential streets, covers most journeys

Local = Slow to Fast Charging Implemented in urban and suburban areas to reduce range anxiety (for example, along the streets or in urban service stations

Destination = Slow to Fast Charging Whilst parked at venues, such as shopping or working. Match charge time to time spent at destination (for example, 1-hour charging at the supermarket vs. 8 hour charging at work

Fleet = Slow to Ultra-Fast Charging At depot or hub fleets, including autonomous vehicles. Depots could be in urban car parks or just outside urban areas, integrated with a city’s transport strategy.

Highway = Fast to Ultra-Fast Charging At service stations, along highways to enable charging on long journeys, with less than 15 minutes charge time possible. Tackles range anxiety; gives confidence and convenience.
EVCP