Some of the most frequent queries are covered below but if you still have any questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Services team via heretohelp@bpchargemaster.com.

 


I gather there is a £350 grant available from the government for home charging units. How do I go about getting this?
BP Chargemaster is an approved supplier under the government’s EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme). We handle the application for you and collect the subsidy from the government on your behalf.
When will BP Chargemaster take payment for my Homecharge unit?
Payment of your Homecharge unit will be requested upon verification of vehicle make and model to ensure eligibility of the OLEV grant. One of our advisors will be in contact to discuss your application with you and process the payment* based on the information provided at time of application.

*total balance subject to document verification and technical requirements for installation

Why do I need a Homecharge unit; can’t I just use a 13A plug?
Using a 13A socket is not recommended by the government and car manufacturers and is a very slow way to charge your vehicle. Drawing this amount of current on a continual basis can put too much strain on some wiring systems and can be dangerous and create a fire hazard. The use of an extension leads from a 13A plug is definitely not recommended as this can overheat under the continual load.

Our Homecharge units are wired directly into your consumer board (fuse box) and therefore do not overload your home’s ring main. Our qualified electricians assess each installation on a case by case basis, ensuring that the correct cabling is always used. This means they are completely safe to charge for long periods of time.

Why choose a BP Chargemaster unit?
BP Chargemaster have installed over 40,000 Homecharge units in the UK and across Europe. Our products are reliable and value for money and are approved by EV car manufacturers.
Can my unit be installed quickly as my car arrives imminently?
Our installation and customer service advisers will work with you to ensure your unit is installed as quickly as possible and at a time that is convenient for you. It is worth noting that we can install your charge point up to 4 months prior to receiving your car.
How long does it take to charge at home using a Homecharge unit?
It depends on the speed of the charger you have installed, the battery capacity of the car and your vehicle’s on-board charging rate. For a fully electric vehicle such as a Nissan Leaf, we estimate a charging time of 3-4 hours if you have a 7kW and around double that if you have a 3kW charger installed.
I have a plug-in hybrid so why do I need to bother with a Homecharge unit?
The only way to achieve the impressive MPG figures quoted by the car manufacturers is to keep your battery charged whenever and wherever possible. A Homecharge unit is the fastest, safest and easiest way of doing this every time you park up at home in the same way you charge your mobile phone.
How much will the electricity cost me to charge at home?
This can vary with each energy provider, but the average price across the industry is 10.3p per kWh (about £2 to £3 for a full charge on a car such as a Nissan Leaf)
What is the difference between a tethered cable and socketed Homecharge unit?
A tethered Homecharge unit has a built-in charging cable with a connector dedicated to your vehicle type. A socketed unit offers a more future-proof solution – with its universal port, any vehicle can charge using a public charging cable.
Can I have a longer tethered cable?
No, the tethered cables are built to an industry standard of 4.7m and extenders are not available.
How can I monitor the data/electricity consumption?
If you have a unit with data communications you can access your Homecharge data usage at www.chargevision3.com.
I’m moving house and want to take my Homecharge unit with me.
We are able to remove and re-install your charger. Prices start from: Removal of charger and connections £75.00

Survey new property £75

Reinstallation depending upon survey outcome labor cost

Half day £175.00

Full day £300

Plus required materials as per the survey

Please contact us for a full quotation.

What is my MPAN number?
A Meter Point Administration Number, also known as MPAN, Supply Number or S-Number, is a 21-digit reference used in Great Britain to uniquely identify electricity supply points such as individual domestic residences. It is normally shown on your electricity bill. You will be asked for your MPAN number as part of the OLEV grant process.
Do I pay BP Chargemaster for the electricity I’ve used?
No, it comes through your normal electricity supply and you pay for the electricity used on your normal electricity bill. The cost of your charging sessions depends with each energy provider and battery size, but the average price across the industry is 10.3p/kWh (about £1 for a PHEV to £3 for most BEV’s)
If there is a problem with the charger who do I have to contact?
Our units come with a 3-year on-site warranty and are extremely reliable. However, if you do have a problem give our Customer Services Team a call on 03300 165 126 during office hours and they’ll be happy to help.
Why is my BP Chargemaster unit not communicating?
Our smart Homecharge unit complies with all the relevant smart charging regulations, and it relies on receiving a strong enough mobile data network signal. Mobile signal can move, so if you do not have a strong enough signal upon installation, it does not necessarily mean that the smart Homecharge unit will not work, but optimal performance may be impeded. If there is no mobile signal on site, the unit will still perform as a Homecharge unit, but without the smart functionality.
What is a standard installation?
A standard installation includes the cost of a 7kW charger with a cable run under 15 meters to be fixed flush to the wall (cable not trenched or hidden behind walls, through joists, under tiles/carpets/floorboards, aerial or subterranean runs),  in compliance with current wiring regulations and the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation. It also assumes that correct electrical connections and protections are available on the property, and that no civil works or electrical remedial works are required.


Are there currently any government grants available for installation of electric vehicle charging facilities at business premises?
The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) currently provides a grant to organisations looking to install electric vehicle charging facilities – The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The scheme offers financial support of £500 towards the up-front cost of each electric vehicle charge point purchased and installed – limited to 20 across all sites.
Do charging points supplied by BP Chargemaster work with all electric cars?
BP Chargemaster Fastcharge products are supplied with the industry standard Type 2 sockets and are fully compatible with every new electric or plug-in hybrid car and light van currently available in the UK. BP Chargemaster is the Official Charging Partner of: BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Toyota and. Kia.
Can I control who uses our charging point?
Yes; you can go for a key activated unit which enables you to leave the unit on for general use, or use the key to control access to authorised users. Alternatively, you can have a communicating unit with access controlled by use of an RFID card. This enables you to issue cards to authorised users.
How do I monitor the electricity use and monitor the costs?
On all communicating units we provide you with a login to our industry leading backend system called Chargevision or via our Smartcharge app. This enables you to see how much electricity has been used and who is using it. Reports can be downloaded.
There may be an occasion where the sim card within your communicating unit does not have signal, due to where you live, and therefore we would not be able to provide this information to you.
How do I connect to my BP Chargemaster charging point using an RFID card?
A: Connecting: Connect your cable to your car
Present your card to the reader and hold for a few moments while authentication is in progress
Only when the unit invites you to, connect to the charge point, where your cable will lock in to place. It may take a few moments for a charge to initiate
A: Disconnecting: Present your card to end the charge (only the card that started the charge can end it)
Wait for the unit to respond and ask you to disconnect, ensuring your charge has fully ended
Push the cable into the unit and pull to release. If the cable does not release easily(or you need help at any point in the process), please contact our Customer Service team
Disconnect your cable from your car. Your vehicle may require you to perform an action to ‘unlock’ the cable from the car
Close the door or replace the socket cover
Can BP Chargemaster provide installation services across the United Kingdom?
Yes we do. BP Chargemaster has its own installation company (100% owned subsidiary) GB Electrical. All staff are company employed, we do not normally use any sub-contractors. Our installation company are not only qualified Electrical Engineers but also have their own groundworks and civils team, which ensures a complete installation service covering all aspects of any given project.
Does BP Chargemaster offer a warranty on all charging points?
All our charge points come with a comprehensive 3-year parts and labour warranty as standard. We have a dedicated Customer Service team to look after you for any warranty related issues. Each issue is then assigned a unique ticket number which ensures the fastest resolution possible for our charging equipment.
Can BP Chargemaster provide ongoing safety and preventative maintenance?
Each charging point can benefit from an annual Maintenance/Care package which includes 24/7, 365 days a year Engineer support and two on-site maintenance inspection.
Where are BP Chargemaster charging points manufactured?
Our ethos is driven by exceptional British craftsmanship, with all products designed and manufactured in our facility in Bedfordshire, UK.
What is BP Chargemaster’s back office and data management facility?
ChargeVision is our in-house back-end office and management facility. This gives any operator web based, real-time access to all of the charge points within their private network. Authorised users will have access to the ChargeVision system giving visibility and data as to which charge point was used, when it was used, how long it was used for and importantly how many kWh of energy was consumed per charging event.
Is BP Chargemaster compliant with Open Charge Point Protocol?
Yes. All BP Chargemaster charging points communicate over OCPP including ChargeVision, BP Chargemaster’s own back-end system or any OCPP compliant back-end system.
Is BP Chargemaster part of any nationwide public charging networks?
BP Chargemaster own and operate the Polar network, the United Kingdom’s largest charging network of over 7,000 publicly available points across the United Kingdom. Please visit: www.polar-network.com.
What is the recommended height to install a wall mounted charging point?
Your recommended height is between 750mm and 1200mm.


Are there any public sector grants available for charging points?
Yes. However, these are complex and charge from time to time. BP Chargemaster works closely with the Office of Low emission vehicles (OLEV) and we can advise you if there are currently any grants to help you install charging points.
I don’t really know what type of charging point I need. Can you help?
There are two ways to access our public charging points. If the customer is a frequent user then they can look towards our Polar Plus scheme, which is subscription free for the first three months. For more information, click here.We understand that some customers will only charge at public locations now and then, which is why we also offer a pay-as- you-go app for Android and Apple phones.
Can BP Chargemaster provide installation services across the United Kingdom?
Yes we do. BP Chargemaster has its own installation company (100% owned subsidiary) GB Electrical & Building Services Limited. All staff are company employed, we do not use any sub-contractors. Our installation company are not only qualified Electrical Engineers but also have their own groundworks and civils team, which ensures a complete installation service covering all aspects of any given project.
Does Chargemaster offer a Warranty on all charging points?
All our charge points come with a comprehensive 3-year parts and labour Warranty as standard. We have a dedicated Customer Service team to look after you for any Warranty related issues. Each issue is then assigned a unique ticket number which ensures the fastest resolution possible for our charging equipment.
What is BP Chargemaster’s back office and data management facility?
ChargeVision is our in-house back-end office and management facility. This gives any operator web based, real-time access to all of the charge points within their private network. Authorised users will have access to the ChargeVision system giving visibility and data as to which charge point was used, when it was used, how long it was used for and importantly how many kWh of energy was consumed per charging event.

Can I charge my electric car on any public charging point?
Our Polar schemes will provide access to all of our 7,000+ Polar public charging points. You can see where the charging points are on the map provided on www.polar-network.com
How do I know which network a charging point belongs to?
To find out where our chargers are, view the live map.
How long does it take to charge?
This depends on the power of the charging point and your vehicle’s battery size and on-board charging capacity.
How much does it cost to charge using a public post?
To access our network you can become a Polar plus member. This is free for the first three months, then only £7.85 a month (with no long term contract; cancel any time). Once you’re a member, a majority of our network is free to use. For the other charging points, you just pay for the electricity consumed, pricing found below. If you are looking for more pay-as-you-go access you can sign up for Polar Instant or use your contactless bank card on some or our rapid posts:
Tariff (per kWh) AC charger 43 AC / 50kW DC charger 150kW DC charger
Polar Plus 12p 15p 20p
Polar Instant 18p 25p 35p
Contactless N/A 30p 40p
How do I join a public charging network?
To register for our Polar Plus scheme, simply click here and fill out your details, including your Direct Debit information. We will then get your card in the post to you within 2 working days.
I’ve lost my Polar plus RFID card. What should I do?
If you lose your RFID card or believe it has been stolen, please visit www.polar-network.com and login to your account to order a replacement. This will disable your lost Polar Plus network card and send out a new one to your registered address on the next working weekday. Please note that a service fee of £10 will be charged. If you have any issues, please call our Customer Service team on 03300 165 126.
How can I cancel my Polar Plus subscription?
If you decide for any reason to cancel, you can do so through your Polar Plus account.
Do I need my own charging cable?
Unless you’re using one of our rapid chargers, you will need to bring your own charging cable. We always want our customers to know they’re in safe hands, so all of our chargers have locking mechanisms to protect your cable while you’re away.

During the on-going outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety and welfare of our customers and our employees is our priority. We are following government advice so we can continue to serve our customers while keeping everyone protected.We will update this page with further information in line with government guidance or if the situation develops. Please check back regularly for updates.We are reviewing our current activity to ensure that only essential work is being carried out and that the only teams working outside of their homes are those carrying out essential work.

For sites due to have a commercial or public charge point survey or installation, these will be postponed until a later date and we will provide updates to affected customers in the coming days. Over the next three weeks, we will only be undertaking essential charge point installations, where they will be providing important infrastructure for those still undertaking essential journeys.

While our public charging network continues to operate for those who absolutely need to undertake essential journeys, with our 24/7 customer care team and field service engineers remaining active, we expect it to be used only for travel that is necessary. This will help to ensure that both the roads and our public charging network are as accessible as possible for the people that will need them the most.

 

We are ready to install Homecharge units

To align with the Government’s guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, we paused the installation of our BP Chargemaster Homecharge units. We are now pleased to say that from the 18th of May, our BP Chargemaster electricians have restarted the installation of our homecharge units!

 

The BP Chargemaster team have been working hard to improve how we work and the experience that we can offer to our customers. Our customer care team have continued to be available 24/7, whilst our amazing electricians and engineers have been servicing our public network chargers, to make sure they are in great working condition for key workers and ready for when we are able to travel more. We are very proud of the team, who will be auditing over 6,000 chargers all across the country.

 

Based on the latest government advice we will be able to change our approach to keep both our colleagues and you, our customers, safe.

How we are updating our approach to installations

Our Homecharge advisors are there to guide our customers through the application and installation of a home charger at their property. Some homes will need a survey before we install, this can now be carried out over a video call where customers will speak directly to one of our highly trained electricians. Where possible we have simplified the process and removed the handling of paper forms to make the Homecharge installation easier and quicker. When it comes to arranging an installation, we will not make any compromises on safety for both our customers and our team of electricians.

 

About our risk assessment process

Our advisors and our Homecharge electricians will be carrying out a dynamic risk assessment using the latest government and bp guidelines to ensure a safe installation of the unit. This process and introduction of additional safety measures, such as social distancing and PPE aims to limit the contact between our team and customers, whilst allowing us to complete installations safely and securely.

 

BP Chargemaster

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those who we had to wait a little longer for their home charger to be installed. In what is a challenging time, we appreciate your understanding as we do our best to balance the needs of our team, our business partners and for our customers.

 

We want to thank our customers and partners for their support during this challenging period.

Should you have any questions, please email heretohelp@bpchargemaster.com.

 

 

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our team on 0330 016 5126 or by emailing heretohelp@bpchargemaster.com.If you would like to rebook your Homecharge installation, please contact our Homecharge team directly on 01582 399 412 or by emailing homechargeteam@bpchargemaster.com.

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