Leading the charge: One-stop installation

Darcy has introduced a new end-to-end service for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points for commercial and industrial customers, called Devitech.

In commercial environments, EV charging points provide valuable support for on-site staff as well as customers visiting the premises. As such, they are becoming an increasing consideration among facilities managers looking to equip their premises for a more electric future.

Once the location and format of a charging point has been decided, Devitech’s engineers will carry out investigative work to assess electricity demand levels and expected load, and determine an installation plan. Power is then routed from the distribution board to the charger, with the option for network operators to upgrade supply levels where necessary and for load spreading to regulate demand.

The shifting economics of plug-in vehicles is driving this kind of investment. EVs are expected to be cheaper than their fossil fuel counterparts by 2027. On an ongoing basis, the running cost of EVs is also much lower. Figures from buyacar show that a BMW i3 has a fuel cost per mile of 3.7p compared with 14.2p for a similarly priced petrol BMW 3 Series.

The government’s Workplace Charging Scheme also provides support for up to 75% of the up-front purchase and installation costs of EV chargepoints. It extends to a limit of £350 for each charger socket, up to a maximum of 40 charge points per applicant across all their business sites.

Graham Rowlands of Darcy, said the Devitech service adds “a complementary new element to the wide range of environmental protection services we already provide under the Darcy umbrella.”

Darcy is an approved installer of a range of electric vehicle charging points, accredited by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and registered with NAPIT. Contact the firm for more information and to book a free EV Charging Point survey.