Electric vehicles (EVs) are at the centre of massive change in personal mobility in the UK. The sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to end in 2030; hybrids in 2035, and car manufacturers are investing in electrified products as the UK’s sets its sights on net zero emissions by 2050.
The number of new EVs available has continued to rise since 2020, with more than 60 models on offer in 2022 and forecasts that this will double in the next two years. Consumers now have a greater choice of electric vehicles than ever before, and with this greater choice comes the opportunity to select a model that best suits your needs and tastes. As demand for electrified mobility grows, there is now a focus on ensuring that homes are equipped with appropriate EV charging technology that doesn’t compromise on aesthetic appeal.
Future proof homes for the EV era
As we edge closer to 2030, more drivers will need to adapt their homes to facilitate EV charging. The installation of domestic charge points is now mandatory for new-build homes, and retrospective fitting is set to rise rapidly. Currently, there is an installed UK base of around 300,000 home charge points in the UK, which is expected to grow to between seven and 10 million over the next decade.
Numerous home charging companies have entered the market, and many motorists have found the choice overwhelming. Choosing the ‘right’ home charging unit is crucial for many reasons; it must be in an easily accessible place, suit the vehicle’s charging needs, and ensure it complements the home from an aesthetic perspective.
In a recent survey by EVIOS, a third of respondents shared concerns that an electric vehicle charge point would look ugly attached to their home. This illustrates the need to meet the needs of discerning EV drivers who love their homes as much as their cars. When you have a beautiful home with a beautiful car on the drive, why compromise with an unattractive bolt-on box.
Andersen EV is the UK’s leading provider of prestige electric vehicle home chargers for homes and offices, creating products that stand out by blending in.
Andersen is one of only a handful of providers that cater for the premium and luxury end of the domestic EV charging market. The A2 unit is an at-home EV charger which matches smart technology with genuine craftsmanship and streamlined good looks. Each Andersen A2 charge point is handmade to order in the UK, using materials of the highest quality, including sustainably sourced Accoya® wood. It is renowned for its sleek profile, premium finish, and minimalist design, allowing it to blend discreetly with any surroundings, or for those with bolder tastes, it can feature a pop of colour. Currently, Andersen offers over 90 customisable finishes to match any environment or even the colour of the owner’s car.
Intelligent and renewable EV charging
A growing consideration for EV charging is the source of the power and its sustainability credentials. More domestic charging companies will be focussing on providing renewable energy sources to power charging sessions. For example, the Andersen A2 unit has the technology to support solar power input and grid balancing to optimise each charge. The associated Konnect+ app simplifies every charging activity with full charge management, reporting and scheduling features, plus remote locking.
Andersen was appointed as a recommended installer for Porsche GB and a preferred supplier for (Jaguar Land Rover) in the UK. With its premium features and aesthetics, the brand has become a highly popular choice among discerning EV drivers since its launch in 2015.
Higher standards of client care
Converting to an EV involves converting to a new way of living as much as to a new form of mobility. That should be echoed in the EV charge point installation process. Home charge point providers such as Andersen offer clients a premium installation option, which includes a home survey prior to the charge point fitting to ensure a smooth and problem-free experience.
Such levels of client care are just one example of how the wider automotive industry can support the consumer transition to electrification. It is a new journey for many and one that can be simplified by removing obstacles along the way.