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Customers who are leasing their first electric car through Motability qualify for an Ohme EV charger and standard installation at no extra cost. However, in some instances there may be some additional work required which isn’t covered by Motability.

Ohme will first provide you with an initial survey. This survey will give you an indication if your installation is standard or needs some additional custom work.

While a custom installation doesn’t always mean additional costs, but here are some examples of some prices you can expect depending on your home.

With a custom installation, you will be sent a quote for your approval (and payment) before we start any work.

90% of Motability customers do not incur any additional fees. Most Motability customers who require custom installation pay less than £400.

Longer cable runs and additional trunking (£0-£400)
This is if we need to run over 15 metres of cable or more than 6 metres trunking. Trunking is a plastic enclosure for the cable.

Electrical upgrades (£0-£500)
Some customers may require upgrades to their existing electrics. This could be an upgrade to your fuseboard. If there is no space on your fuseboard you may need a new board.

Loft and underfloor cable runs (£0-£700)
This is if we need to run the cable through your loft or under your floorboards. This includes working at height or where multiple engineers might be required.

Ground works (£750+)
If the cable needs to be run underground or the desired location for the charger is far from your fuseboard. Depending on the material that needs to be dug, distance and whether a free-standing post is necessary, this can influence the price.

Think your installation might be standard? See what’s included in our standard installation here.

If you do end up incurring additional fees, it is important to remember that by charging at home you could save up to £1,100* per year compared to public charging.

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*Total potential savings estimated to be £1,185. This is calculated using an average driving efficiency of 3.5 miles/kWh and annual mileage of 8,292 miles. Savings compares a smart (home) charging rate of £0.07 per kWh (May 2024 Ovo Anytime tariff) with a slow/fast rapid rate of £0.57 per kWh (ZapMap Price Index April 2024).

If you thought all new EVs were out of your budget range, then think again. The new all-electric Dacia Spring is now available to order from just £169 a month or £14,995.

The Dacia Spring is available with a choice of two versions with either a 45bhp or 65bhp electric motor linked to a 26.8kWh battery. That would take just four hours to fully charge on an Ohme home EV charger.

Dacia claims a range of 140 miles on the standard WLTP cycle or 186 miles if driven carefully in an urban environment. The Spring is just one of a number of forthcoming new EVs with what are sometimes referred to as ‘right-sized’ batteries.

So while the Spring’s 26.8kWh battery may seem relatively small, for a small urban hatchback that’s likely to be undertaking lots of shorter journeys as opposed to regular motorway driving, it’s not a problem. Citroen’s forthcoming new e-C3 with its 44kWh battery and 199 mile range will be cut from a similar mould.

Both will enable the likes of Citroen and Dacia to bring the cost of their respective new small EVs down (as that £14,995 price tag attests) while still enabling those on a budget to take their first steps into e-mobility for the first time – even perhaps as a household’s second car.

And don’t be thinking just because the Dacia Spring’s price is low that so is the equipment level. All Springs will have a seven-inch digital instrument display, cruise control, air conditioning, parking sensors and remote central locking as standard. It also boasts a 1004-litre boot with the rear seats folded down, which is equal to some larger superminis on the market.

The new Spring is available to order from Dacia now with deliveries later this year.

Charlie Mainwaring is the Head of Distribution Sales at Ohme, overseeing the Built Environment team specialising in helping developers to fit the best EV chargers to their properties. Here he explains why Ohme is the perfect choice for developers:

When did the building regulation changes come into law requiring the majority of new residential developments to have electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed?

The Part S Building Regulations arrived on 15 June 2022 for new build properties and major renovations. These regulations stated that they had to have EV charging points installed.

However it only applied to any locations applying for planning permission after that date, so ongoing projects weren’t affected, hence there has been a little delay in chargers actually being fitted to new homes.

Is Ohme already talking to housing developers?

Yes, we’re constantly talking to housing developers and working with them to help offer the best EV charging solutions for their customers. But we’re invested in the relationship, we’re not just solving a problem for the house builder, we’re providing a long term solution for the home owner as well.

We are also the official EV charging partner in the House of the Future project, a £16m research laboratory at Salford University, helping to test for and build the low carbon homes of the future. So Ohme is not just helping developers today, but also in the future too.

What can Ohme offer to housing developers?

Our EV chargers are fully compatible with the latest smart charger regulations and also help developers with their own building regulations. We want to help support those developers when customers start their EV journey.

Some customers might already have an EV when they move into a new home, others may not buy one for a while and we’re here to support all of them. Either way, customers will always have questions and Ohme is the only EV charging company that can offer such a high level of ongoing support for developers with our large in-house customer care team in the UK.

Why should a developer choose Ohme?

Ohme’s core aim is that nobody gets left behind in the transition towards greater e-mobility. We’re now the trusted EV charging partner for Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Polestar and the Volkswagen Group in the UK, as well as for Octopus Energy and Motability.

Simply put, housing developers don’t know who will be buying their new homes and don’t know what energy provider their customers are likely to choose. Ohme is the only EV charging company that can work with all energy providers and all tariffs. That means that housing developers won’t be restricting their future customers in terms of the energy provider they choose or the tariffs that they pick.

Housing developers should ensure that they do their due diligence and ask these questions of whichever charging manufacturer they work with, rather than just thinking that all EV chargers are equal.

Not only is our charger the smartest one on the market along with being fully compliant to all the latest regulations, but we are constantly improving the product through firmware updates.

All housing developers are bound by the Consumer Code for Home Builders which ensures that buyers are fully supported before, during and after the home-buying process. Ohme is committed to ensuring that that Code is adhered to for their choice of EV charger.

What sets Ohme apart from others?

As well as our high level of product reliability and also our access to all UK energy tariffs that I’ve already mentioned, probably the biggest thing is the efficiency of our charger installation and commissioning process.

Crucially, our chargers don’t need to connect to wifi, so they boast first fix install for electricians. That means there’s no second visit when a customer has finally moved in and no extra cost to the developer, so the developer is making savings with Ohme compared to rivals. Plus, because Ohme’s chargers are quick to fit, an electrician can fit more of them per each site visit compared to other chargers too.

Furtheremore, developers can access our chargers through multiple procurement routes. We work with all of the national electrical wholesalers and builders’ merchants such as Travis Perkins.

Ohme has a dedicated Built Environment team that can help work with developers through any specific issues or questions they might have to help assist them.

We can also create and provide co-branded home-owner packs, to help deliver best possible customer service and introduction to Ohme for their buyers, plus can offer numerous marketing opportunities with our partners.

And what about sustainability

As well as low cost EV charging, Ohme chargers offer the further option of charging at the times of the lowest CO2/kWh of electricity on the grid. Not only does this help energy providers to maximise renewable energy availability, but it also helps to keep future energy bills lower. Our partnership with Motability saved 13,500 tonnes of CO2 in 2023 – the same amount absorbed by 550,000 trees per year.

This also helps developers to demonstrate that they are helping to meet sustainability targets. Ohme is increasing working with developers to provide dedicated individual sustainability reports to help demonstrate the savings Ohme can help developers to deliver.

Who are Ohme’s existing partners in the build environment

We are already the official charging partner for a number of housing developers including Harron Homes and Hollins Homes, Castlethorpe and Abel Homes and many more.

Castlethorpe Homes, based in Oxfordshire, has chosen Ohme as its official EV charger supplier.

Castlethorpe Homes is a housing developer building new homes in and around the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Where Castlethorpe stands out from its rivals is with its commitment to the very latest innovations and technologies in sustainable techniques and materials, hence its reason for picking Ohme chargers for its houses.

“When choosing an EV charger for our developments, Ohme was the obvious choice for us,” said Chris Warner, Founder and Managing Director of Castlethorpe Homes, “The level of charging flexibility that Ohme’s technology can offer is second to none. Ohme’s ability to work with any energy tariff on the market, including the cheapest ones in the UK, is an important factor for any current and future EV drivers when they’re viewing our homes.”

Castlethorpe Homes carefully vets its supply chain to ensure that its homes don’t just meet the current building regulations but also have money and environmental saving opportunities built in. So that means items such as Photo Voltaic panels on the roof, air source heat pumps and EV charging points such as those from Ohme. The result is that Castlethorpe has even been announced as a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Renewables’ category in the Making Better Homes 2024 awards for its development at The Paddocks in Bramley.

“With its commitments to building sustainable homes and the very latest innovations, Castlethorpe Homes is a natural partnership for Ohme,” explained David Watson, Ohme CEO. “With their dynamic charging capability, Ohme’s chargers can help encourage energy companies to prioritise and invest in renewable energy, so alongside Castlethorpe’s energy-efficient homes this is a great collaboration.”

In its ongoing support of more sustainable housing, Ohme is the official charger provider for the House of the Future project at the University of Salford.

You can find more information on Castlethorpe Homes here.

Leading Norfolk-based house builder Abel Homes has chosen Ohme as its official EV charger supplier for its development in East Harling, Three Squirrels.

Abel Homes is renowned in the industry for its commitment to award-winning, high-specification homes designed for low energy consumption and reduced running costs for the owners. With the ability of Ohme’s products to charge when electricity rates are at their lowest and also when renewable energy provision is at its highest, this made it a natural choice for Abel Homes.

“We know that it makes perfect sense for people to move to a more eco-friendly new home with lower bills and increased efficiency, which is why we chose Ohme as our charging partner,” said Tony Abel, Chairman of Abel Homes. “All Abel Homes properties boast an EPC A rating for energy efficiency, the highest possible, so our collaboration with Ohme was an obvious choice, given the synergy of both companies.”

Underlining the eco-credentials of its properties, all new Abel homes feature solar panels, an air-source heat pump, as well as under-floor heating and triple-glazed windows. Ohme’s dynamic smart chargers will allow owners of an Abel home to continue that sustainable theme enabling the maximum use of renewable energy when charging their electric vehicle. The first Abel Homes site to be fitted with Ohme chargers is Three Squirrels located in East Harling, Norfolk.

Since June 2022, legislation has required the majority of new homes to be fitted with EV chargers to help cut carbon emissions and encourage electric car use. If charging with Ohme using an off-peak smart electricity tariff, an average driver could potentially reduce the annual running costs of an EV to less than £130 a year – a huge saving over an equivalent petrol car of more than £1100 a year.

“I am delighted that Abel Homes will be fitting Ohme chargers on its new developments,” said Ohme CEO, David Watson. “The commitment of Abel Homes towards energy efficiency and lower bills for its new homes makes it a perfect built environment partner for Ohme.”

The 2024 World Car of the Year awards were announced at the New York Motor Show last week and the all-electric Kia EV9 was a winner not once, but twice!

Taking both the World EV Award and also the overall World Car of the Year award, it’s the fifth time that Kia has won in the 20 year history of the World Car Awards.

“We are hugely honoured that the 2024 EV9 has been named the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle,” said Ho Sung Song, Kia President and CEO. “This triumph is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pusing the boundaries of technology and design excellence. The Kia EV9’s continued success will drive us to keep delivering exceptional vehicles that redefine the driving experience for customers around the world.”

The Kia EV9 was chosen by the World Car of the Year jury of 100 journalists from 29 countries and succeeded against the other two finalists – the BYD Seal and Volvo EX30. This win for the EV9 follows on from its other success being named as the UK Car of the Year last month.

The other EV winners in the awards were the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N which took the World Performance Car award, the Volvo EX30 which took the World Urban Car award the BMW i5 which won World Luxury Car and the Toyota Prius which took the World Car Design of the Year.

According to Start Rescue, one of the UK’s leading breakdown providers, EVs are 59% less likely to require a breakdown call-out than a traditional car with a petrol or diesel engine.

New data from Start Rescue has highlighted the reliability of EVs, busting some common myths regarding electric vehicles.

“Our figures show electric cars ranging from new to 10-years old are 59% less prone to breakdowns than ICE cars,” said Lee Puffett, Managing Director of Start Rescue. “This might surprise some motorists, but with more than a million EVs now on the UK’s roads it shows drivers can choose an EV confident that they are less likely to be stranded at the roadside.

“The hurdle to buying an EV of any age is more psychological than real for most buyers looking to make the switch from ICE to electric power. EV batteries are not like the ones in your mobile phone or laptop – they retain far more of their charge capacity to give you plenty of driving range.”

Furthermore, EVs are also less likely to suffer from a flat battery call-out than petrol or diesel cars. Start Rescue was one of the first companies to offer dedicated EV breakdown cover.

Ohme won the Chargepoint Manufacturer of the Year award at the inaugural Electric Vehicle Awards at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on the evening of Wednesday 6 March.

The award recognised Ohme’s unique software and technology which helps not only to balance supply and demand of electricity for energy suppliers, but also to reduce running costs for those driving an EV.

“Winning this award is a great recognition of all the hard work of everyone at Ohme and our ongoing commitment to EV drivers and our business partners here in Ireland,” said Ohme CEO David Watson. “The awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge this fast-expanding industry as more and more drivers and businesses make the switch to e-mobility in all its forms.”

Ohme is the official charging partner for the Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Polestar in Ireland.

Avant Homes has chosen Ohme as its official EV home charging partner.

The agreement will see Avant Homes offer Ohme ePod chargers on a range of its new homes, aligning with its commitment to providing energy-efficient housing and implementation of the Future Homes Standard.

Avant Homes Group head of business processes, Rachel Appleby, said: “At Avant, we are proud to be constructing and selling quality homes for everyone, and we understand the importance of sustainability for our business, our customers, and the environment.

“We have partnered with Ohme as its commitment to providing low cost, low C02 charging made it the ideal choice for us and our buyers.”

Avant is aiming to reduce the carbon emissions of its new homes by 75-80% from 2025 compared to homes under the current building regulations from 2019.

“This new agreement with Avant Homes underlines Ohme’s commitment to the built environment marketplace,” said David Watson, CEO at Ohme. “This partnership between Avant Homes and Ohme is a great collaboration and an important step towards a low-carbon future.”

There are great positive impacts that could be made every day by changing the way we use electricity. Luckily, if you have an Ohme EV charger at home, optimising your charging while contributing to a balanced and greener grid is easy.

How does Ohme technology link my charger to the national grid?

Ohme’s chargers can communicate with the National Grid in real-time and adjust the power of your charger into your EV depending on times of high and low electricity demand.

All Ohme chargers feature built-in load balancing to automatically adjust their output alongside other home appliances. Demand on the grid is inevitably growing as EV ownership grows. Ohme’s smart technology allows us to adjust the power into your car, meeting your charging goals, while also helping to meet electricity demand and provide energy flexibility.

What is energy flexibility?

Energy flexibility refers to the ability to adjust supply and demand, so they always balance. On any typical day, there are highs and lows of electricity use across the UK. There can be morning peaks in demand (usually when people are getting to work, make a cup of tea, or have a shower) and other peaks can be in the evening (when people arrive from work, cook dinner, or turn on home appliances).

In the same way, not many people use a lot of electricity in the middle of the night – or indeed the middle of the day. These are, you’ve guessed it, the periods of low demand on the grid.

How can my Ohme charger contribute to energy flexibility?

So we’ve learned that energy flexibility is about trying to shift some of the high demand into those periods of low demand. The challenge is how can we do that. It’s not realistic to cook your dinner at 3 am, but with Ohme’s smart charging technology, we can shift charging your car into those low demand periods, which then helps the overall balance of supply and demand.

Why does that matter? With more flexibility on the grid, it means that there won’t be a need to invest in generating and supplying more energy. Instead, we can just distribute the existing capacity in a smart way which will help everyone save a bit of money.

What are the environmental savings of energy flexibility?

The Ohme server communicates with the electricity grid which allows you to charge when carbon intensity is at its lowest.

When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing and lots of renewable energy is being generated, Ohme can start charging to fill up your car with that excess energy that can’t otherwise be stored on the grid. When lots of households and businesses are using electricity at the same time, Ohme can stop charging so that fossil fuel generators don’t need to be fired up to keep up with demand.

Everyone benefits from that too. Increasing the use of renewable energy, not only makes for a cleaner electricity grid, but could also reduce costs for the energy suppliers. Creating a knock-on effect on your future bills too.

How can I benefit from energy flexibility?

As we just mentioned, long term, the increased use of flexibility when charging your EV will help reduce the need for network reinforcement, which means lower energy bills for everyone, and a cleaner electricity grid.

Last winter, 1.6 million households participated in the National Grid System Operator’s new Demand Flexibility Service which encourages consumers to use less electricity when lots of households and businesses are using electricity at the same time. The service saw 3,300MWH of electricity saved – enough energy to power approximately 10 million homes across Great Britain.

As Ohme enters several exciting flexibility projects, drivers taking part can receive rewards of varying levels by doing something as simple as plugging in their cars and helping us learn the best ways to help balance the grid.