electric vehicles and charging them

Electric Vehicles

Help drive a positive change in Guernsey with an electric vehicle with 65% less carbon emissions. Unlike petrol and diesel vehicles, electric powered transport does not produce any exhaust pipe emissions, which is great news for our island.
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Now you've decided to switch to an electric vehicle, help future-proof your home by installing a home charging point. We’ve put together some information about few things you’ll need to consider.

How much power supply will you need?

Car chargers come in different sizes
Your electric car charging point will affect the amount of electricity needed to supply your home which is why it's really important to let us know

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Electric Vehicle Charging

Charging speeds depend on the output of the charger and the vehicles capacity to accept that charge. Not all vehicles are able to charge at fast rates.

We need to to know if you have an electric vehicle charging unit installed on your property. 

Simply register your unit if it is 3.6kW or under.

Faster charging units will require an application form for additional load. 

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What is your driving footprint?

To get an idea of your own driving footprint, multiply the average number of kilometres you drive each day by the CO² figures in the opposite graphic. This will give you an indicative figure of how much carbon your vehicle contributes over its lifetime. This includes production, average running time, and end of life. 

For example, if you drive 10km (just over 6 miles) a day in a petrol vehicle, this will represent 2,800 grams of lifecycle carbon emissions. Scaled across one year, this average drive represents 1 tonne* of carbon emissions. The same drive in an electric vehicle would represent 65% less carbon at 0.36 tonnes over the vehicle lifecycle.  

*280 g/CO² x 10km = 2,800 g/CO² x 365 = 1,022,000 g/C0² / 1000 / 1000 = 1.022 tonnes

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How many electric vehicles are on our roads?

There's a common misconception that electric cars are unrealistic and there aren't many actually being driven.

However as the number of electric cars driven in Guernsey gets recorded, you'll see there has been sharp increase over the last few years. This uptake exceeds the prediction made by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) in 2019 and helps demonstrate how the electrification of Guernsey has far outpaced initial forecasts. 

Source: States of Guernsey Traffic & Highway Services

  • Unable to move to an EV yet?

    You can still do your bit to help the environment. 

    If an electric vehicle isn't an option for you yet, alternative fuels could be an effective way to drive more sustainably. However it is worth remembering that these vehicles will still produce exhaust emissions.

    Alternative fuels such as Biofuel have a much lower carbon intensity over their lifetime compared to petrol and traditional diesel. Here in Guernsey, alternative fuels are available for purchase in some forecourts.

  • Is the network ready?

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) predicted the total number of EVs driven in Guernsey to be 575 by September 2021. In reality, the total number reached 980, representing an unexpected shift in customer mindset towards driving electric. 

    Electric vehicles in Guernsey now represent over 2% of the active vehicles on our roads today and are far exceeding PWC’s original predictions made for the adoption of more sustainable transport.

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65% less carbon emissions

Unlike petrol and diesel vehicles, electric powered transport does not produce any exhaust pipe emissions. In terms of local air quality, this is great news for our island.

However to gauge the true impact driving has on our planet, Guernsey Electricity commissioned a study to understand the carbon emissions produced across the entire lifecycle of the vehicle in question. 

The lifecycle assessment includes, but is not limited to, carbon emissions generated from extracting raw materials, producing the fuel, generating the electricity, running the vehicle, and disposal 

Vehicle Carbon Intensity Study
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emissions
What is your driving footprint?

To get an idea of your own driving footprint, multiply the average number of kilometres you drive each day by the CO² figures in the opposite graphic. This will give you an indicative figure of how much carbon your vehicle contributes over its lifetime. This includes production, average running time, and end of life. 

For example, if you drive 10km (just over 6 miles) a day in a petrol vehicle, this will represent 2,800 grams of lifecycle carbon emissions. Scaled across one year, this average drive represents 1 tonne* of carbon emissions. The same drive in an electric vehicle would represent 65% less carbon at 0.36 tonnes over the vehicle lifecycle.  

*280 g/CO² x 10km = 2,800 g/CO² x 365 = 1,022,000 g/C0² / 1000 / 1000 = 1.022 tonnes