Voltage Optimisation / Electric Vehicle Charging

As I am sure you are aware the cost of electricity is constantly continuing to rise and is set to do so for some time to come.

We at Pure Energy Ltd. are dedicated to doing as much as we can to reduce that cost to you. New developments in the Energy Saving market means that we can now offer you a simple and cost effective way to save a minimum of 10%* on your electricity bills and as a valued Solar PV customer, you would also be able to increase your Solar PV production and component lifespan.

The VO4 Home Voltage Optimisation Unit is designed to reduce the incoming voltage to your property to the optimum efficiency level, improving the lifespan and performance of all your electrical components and appliances.

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  • Twin Charge Range
  • Picture of the EV Link Residential Charging Unit
  • Commercial Charging Unit

Pure Electrics are fully trained specialist installers of EV Link Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Unlike other installers of EV Chargers Pure Electrics can offer a 5 year standard warentee with all of its EV Links charging points instead of the standard 12 months offered by other installers. With minimal disruption to our customers Pure Electrics offer a quality advice and installation service to all its customers.

How Does it Work?

All appliances and electrical components in your home are designed to run at 220v or less and are happy doing so with no loss of performance or output. When your homes voltage exceeds 220v as most UK households do, then all of these appliances and components work harder to do there job and expel this excess energy as heat hence reducing their lifespan and costing you more money to run. Installing the VO4 Home Voltage Optimisation Unit to your incoming supply will reduce your incoming voltage to 220v meaning less wasted energy.

This also applies to all Solar PV Installations, your inverter will run more efficiently at 220v wasting less energy on heat hence producing you more units, saving and earning you more.

The VO4 Home Voltage Optimisation Unit comes with a 5 Year Manufactures Guarantee, is maintenance free and has a life expectancy of 20 years and can be installed with minimum disruption to any home.

If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit by Dan or Steve please don’t hesitate to give us a call and start saving now!...

More information about Electric Vehicle Charging

With several new electric models due to be launched during 2011-2012, and the Plug-in Car Grant now in place, the next few years promise to be exciting ones for electric cars. Buying an electric car is now a real option as a number of major manufacturers launch high quality, fully electric models onto the UK market.

Who should buy an electric car?

There are three key issues that determine whether a battery electric car is right for you:

  1. Do you have access to off-street parking?
  2. Is your daily mileage under 100 miles?
  3. Are you looking to buy a new car?

First, you need to have access to a garage, drive or other off-street parking area to be able to recharge an electric car overnight, the most common form of recharging method. Recent research suggests that around 80% of UK car-owning households already have access to a garage or other off-street parking facility (<50% urban, 70% sub-urban, and >95% rural).

Second, your driving mileage needs to be limited to less than around 100 miles per day, preferably on a regular route that you know well. For example, regular commuting trips are well suited to electric cars – around two-thirds of commuting trips are less than 10 miles and, most significantly, they are routine journeys for which the driver knows what to expect with respect to distance, route, congestion, road conditions and parking.

Third, you need to be able to afford a new car – very few electric cars are yet available on the used car market and electric cars are significantly more expensive than their conventional equivalents, a situation likely to remain the case for some time.

Recent trials have also made a useful observation regarding the way electric cars are used within multi-car owning households. While manufacturers initially thought that electric vehicles would be bought to replace a second or third car, research shows that once an electric car is purchased by a household, it tends to be preferred for all short local trips, with the other 'main' car only being used for longer journeys.

Frequently asked questions

I need a car for work and family and drive approx 10-12k miles p.a. Does it make more economic sense for me to buy a diesel, hybrid or electric car at the moment?

As a general rule, the cost differential scales with the level of electrification; from around a 10% premium for a hybrid (relatively small battery), 30%+ for a plug-in hybrid (assuming a 20 mile electric range), to 70% more for a pure battery electric car. On the plus side, fuel costs for EVs are significantly less (by around 80%), due to electricity not being taxed as a transport fuel. However, depreciation rates are high due to uncertainty of the battery life – overall expect whole life costs to be higher for battery electrics.

What models are available now?

Although electric vehicles have been available for decades, only recently have the major manufacturers invested in high quality electric models to meet the needs of twenty-first century. This has involved increasing driving range and reducing vehicle price. A new recharging infrastructure is also being rapidly developed across the UK.

While a number of specialist companies had already developed small electric city cars including the Reva G-WIZ micro-car and the MEGA City – more recently, mainstream auto makers are now offering proper electric cars, with most of the major manufacturers likely to follow suit in the next two years.

Joining Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and Nissan's LEAF, the first high-quality electric cars available in the UK, are the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, two French incarnations of the i-MiEV. Other important models include the smart ed and Tata's Vista EV. Renault have also announced four new electric cars due for release during 2011 and 2012.

With this accelerated development, the price of electric cars is also falling. Although they remain more expensive than conventional cars, some new electric models such as the Nissan LEAF are now priced at around £25,000, supported by the new Plug-in Car Grant worth up to £5,000 is available for the purchase of selected new electric vehicles in the UK.

The vehicles that qualify for the Plug-in Car Grant now include at least nine electric cars – with more to become eligible during 2011 and 2012. Both private car buyers and fleets can receive the Grant, which is administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) – no applications forms are required as the dealership completes all the necessary paperwork on the buyer's behalf and the grant is automatically deducted from the vehicle price at the point of purchase.

FAQ: If I buy a new electric car, how many years will I get out of my batteries before they need to be replaced? And how much will they cost to replace?

This is the question EV manufacturers would really like to know with a higher confidence level. It depends... on how you treat your electric car, the climate and terrain where the car is used, what type of recharging system is used and the vehicle's battery technology. In general, the industry is betting on at least 7 years battery life from new - until they can only retain around 80% of their original capacity. So they should still be usable, but the vehicle's range would be lower by 20%. In reality, some packs are going to last longer and some will give up the ghost well before. Replacement cost? For a lithium-ion pack, expect to pay £7-£10k.

Three types of charging point are currently used in the UK:

  • 'Slow' points use a standard 13 Amp supply (6-8 hours for full charge);
  • 'Fast' points use single or three-phase 32 Amps supply (3-4 hours); and
  • 'Rapid' points provide direct current supply (typically 80% charge in 30 mins).