Chargemaster will continue to offer free domestic charge points
14 August 2014
Chargemaster domestic charge point
Chargemaster has confirmed it will continue to offer 3kw domestic plug-in vehicle charge points and installation for free.
The announcement follows on from the Government confirming at the start of August there will be a fund of £9 million to help encourage the take up of home charging points between September 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.
However, those wanting to access the home charging funds must prove they have ordered a plug-in car or already own one. Previously, those requesting funding to install home charge points did not need to prove they owned a plug-in vehicle.
Chargemaster is also offering those taking up its home charging kit with a free six-month subscription to Polar, which gives electric vehicle users access to charging points across the country. The Polar subscription also includes the ability to monitor charge usage.
An annual subscription to Polar usually costs £20.
David Martell, Chargemaster's founder and chief executive confirmed its ongoing support for the UK government initiative: "The ability for electric car drivers to have easy access to charging at home and across the UK is key to the reduction of carbon emissions nationally, as well as improving air quality, particularly in urban areas, so we are delighted to be doing our bit."
Over 20,000 domestic charge units have been supplied in the UK and throughout nine other European countries.
British Gas revealed that it was withdrawing its free offer for domestic charging points after the Government made the decision to reduce its maximum grant support for each domestic home charging point from £1000 to £900.
British Gas now charges £115 for the installation of a domestic 3kw charge point. A spokesman for the company told BusinessCar the decision was made following the drop in OLEV funding and higher administration costs to implement the programme.