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Thinking of going Electric? Some things to think about…

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Thinking of going Electric? Some things to think about…

Post by Leslie » Thu May 12, 2022 9:13 pm

Good progress but with big ev demand nowadays and part supply problems I thought the dates would slide . :( probably easier to get a petrol car now !!! As everybody wants electric :rofl: :fuelfire: not easy is it :thumbsdown:

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Thinking of going Electric? Some things to think about…

Post by sapphireblack » Fri May 13, 2022 6:27 am

Let's hope the car actually materialises to warrant this expense 😔

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Post by X5Sport » Fri May 13, 2022 9:16 am

It certainly wasn’t cheap. Just over £2k all done. As you say, the car had better turn up now!! Interestingly though, adding a charge point could well increase the value of a property by more than the installation cost. It’s not why we did it however a couple of colleagues have and have seen increases of £3-4k. Installation cost will fall (they need to) as demand picks up. The firm who did mine are doing 6-10 a week and their ‘service area’ is within 1 hour around Cambridge.
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Post by X5Sport » Mon May 23, 2022 8:55 pm

So a bit more to add.

Going solar? This one isn’t going to happen with me for a while. If you’re at home during the day then solar charging will work, but if you’re a commuter then it’s going to be a bit more of a challenge.

A 4kW/h solar array with good quality cells and proper control hardware is going to set you back around £10k. Going above that level means needing additional consents from your energy supplier and local grid operator. They may decline!

If you want to store the daylight power then you need a battery system (and the space for it inside the house) and those are also serious money. You might be OK for about £6k, but you might need more capacity and that means cost. Some battery systems are nearly £10k on their own, and the battery itself has a finite life (typically 10 years).

This being said, at current electricity prices (May ‘22) a complete system will probably pay for itself in 6-7 years. That’s great if you can afford the upfront costs and have (ideally) a large south facing roof space available. If you fancy feeding power into the grid, the rates are awful! As low as £0.015 (1.5p) per kW/h!! Some are a bit better (£0.05) but still well below what you pay to get energy.

Going ‘green’ is far from cheap especially if you want to go all-in.

Costs are falling all of the time and are half what they were 10 years ago. Decent solar panels (LG, Samsung etc) retain >93% efficiency at 25 years guaranteed. You also need to factor in cleaning of the array and that could mean scaffolding or a cherry picker if access is difficult. It can be done from the ground too with the right kit (not a jet washer please note :D ).
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