Ask Pod Pig

It is difficult to work out what savings you can make from driving an electric car, so Pod Pig is here to help:

Use the slider below to select your annual driving mileage to see how much you would save driving an electric vehicle.

Approximate Annual Mileage

Total EV Annual Savings *

* Calculation based on the following assumptions:

  • A petrol fueled car manages 45 miles per gallon
  • A litre of petrol costs £1.33
  • An EV car uses 4p of electricity per mile.

General

What happens when my battery is full, will I damage my car if I leave it plugged in too long?

No! When you connect your car to a POD Point, it communicates with your car, and only provides the energy the car needs. You can leave your car plugged in for as long as you want – it will never over charge.

Are all chargers compatible with all Electric Cars?

POD Points are compatible with the vast majority of electric cars.

In Europe, cars generally have either a Type 1, or Type 2 socket on them, so you’ll need to have the correct connector or cable for your charge point to connect to your car.

Give us a call if you need any guidance!

What does it cost to charge an Electric Car?

The cost of charging your electric car depends on the cost of using the charge point, or the price you pay for your electricity.

At home, charging your car will typically cost £2.50 per 100 miles.

How long does it take to charge an Electric Car?

Electric cars vary in terms battery size, and charge rate.

For example, to fully charge a Renault Zoe from flat would take:

  • 3.6kW – 6 hrs
  • 7kW – 3 hrs
  • 11kW – 2 hrs
  • 22kW – 1 hr

Most people plug their cars in whenever the stop, so their cars are full ready for when they return.


Home

How safe is a PodPoint?

POD Points are designed to be safe.

All POD Points communicate with your car and will not deliver current unless the charging gun is correctly inserted into the vehicle socket.

POD Point Home are covered by a three year warranty, and must be installed by a qualified electrician.

How much does it cost to leave my PodPoint on standby all the time?

Standby power consumption is less than 7 watts. Leaving your POD Point on standby uses a similar amount of energy as a TV on standby.

Why does my Free PodPoint have to be on standby permanently?

It needs to be on to communicate, which is necessary to meet the government requirements for the grant.

So what is the Catch?

The government are funding the installation of home charging units for a reason. They need to be able to collect data about where the units are, and therefore where there will be increased loads on the energy network when people start to plug their electric vehicles in for charging. They are also trying to understand where they need to put in more public charging points, and will use the geography of these home charge units to work out where most public charge points need to be installed.

So there are three main conditions for receiving these free units:

  1. You need to be the homeowner or have permission from the homeowner to install one (no VAT registered businesses as this is a domestic offer only)
  2. You need to keep the unit at the property for 3 years (so, if you are moving house you would need to leave the unit for the new homeowner – which should of course, be a selling point for your home)
  3. You need to keep the unit plugged in on standby, so that the government can know where the units are. You need to have a decent mobile phone signal from the site as this is how the unit communicates its location. The only data collected is a postcode location of the unit and charging hours, no personal information about you, the homeowner.

We will remind you of these terms again before you place your order.

Can I upgrade my Free PodPoint to a FastCharger?

Yes. You can opt to upgrade the unit from the free 3.7kw charger, to a 7kw Fast Charger. You can either opt for a tethered cable unit or a Universal Socketed option both of which cost an additional £90 + VAT.


Public

Will my PodPoints appear on the Live Availability map?

Yes. When your chargers are commissioned they will automatically be added onto our map, unless you ask us not to.

Can I see how many charges I have paid for?

Yes. You will have an online login which allows you to view your account. You will be able to see your charge cycles, where you have charged, and what you have paid. You will also be able to see your account balance and your energy usage.

How much will I pay to charge?

We have a range of free and pay as you go charge points on our network. You can find out more information on each charge point on our Live Availability map, and mobile site.

Our chargers are generally owned and managed by the property owner. In some locations you will also be required to pay parking fees.

You must always abide by any parking restrictions in place at each location.

How do I use the chargepoint?

POD Points have simple icons and a screen which displays instructions to show you how to use them.

We also have a number of handy videos to help you:

How do I charge?

How do I charge?

Public PodPoints can be accessed either by:

  • Pod Point’s Pay as You Go mobile web app
  • Pod Point charge card
  • Plugged in Places card

Businesses

If I have chargers from different manufacturers can I still use the Pod Point network?

Yes we liaise with most charge point suppliers and can operate a network to work across different charge points.

How do I offer Free Charging to my customers?

You can login to your dashboard and set the pricing for your chargers as £0, this will enable you to offer free charging to customers or employees.

How do I set the pricing for my chargers?

You will have access to an administrator account. Once you have set up this account, you can login and see all of your PodPoints. You will be able to manage your chargers from the dashboard allowing you to set or amend pricing for the units. We are currently developing a software enhancement that will allow you to manage your PodPoints; changing price by individual unit, or by day part.

How much should I charge my customers?

There is no set industry cost, but we would advise that setting a charge of £2 per hour would be appropriate to include an hours parking. However, if you have parking in a prime location and wish to use the charging point to generate revenue, this can be set higher.

How much does it cost to lease a PodPoint?

It costs from £50 per month to lease a 7kWPodPoint that will provide an average 30 additional miles per hour charging.

Maintenance agreements can also be paid monthly to ensure your PodPoint is always accessible to generate an income.

To learn more about the lease option.