How Driveways May Have to Adapt for Electric Cars

Posted on: 09/11/2017
An example of a driveway we can produce.

As technology advances, electric cars are becoming more reliable and suitable for everyday use. Throughout history, roads and driveways have had to adapt to be able to cope with the new wave of vehicles. Horse-drawn carriages had dirt tracks and cobble streets; the motorcar needed smoother surfaces. To enable vehicles to travel really fast, the Germans invented the first motorway: the autobahn. In this blog, we will be talking about how people’s driveways will have to adapt for electric cars.

What Does an Electric Car Need?

If you are purchasing an electric car, there are a few adaptations you’ll need to make to prepare your home. Here are the main things you need to consider to make your property electric vehicle friendly:

  • Purchasing an EVSE – An EVSE is the charging point for your electric car. They come at a range of price points and can be housed outside your property or under shelter.
  • Housing the EVSE – If you want the availability to charge your car whenever you want, without being restricted by the weather, you should consider shelter for your EVSE. A garage is an obvious and suitable choice.
  • Wiring and Surfaces – If you have spent in excess of £30,000 on a new car you will want to keep it in pristine condition. If your old driveway is showing its age, it may be time to upgrade it – especially if you are digging the old one up to bury a wire anyway. 
EV charging in winter time.

Why Should I Upgrade My Driveway?

An old driveway which is crumbling or breaking apart may cause damage to your car. It could damage the tires of the vehicle as well as potentially cause a scrape or dent. Having a new driveway installed is a good idea to both protect your car and the newly buried wires for the charging station. Wiring the necessary leads and cables underneath your driveway will protect them and make them a permanent fixture of your property.

Here at Knights Paving and Landscaping, we are very experienced when it comes to installing driveways. We devised our five-step paving process, which allows us to provide all our customers high-quality products with high-quality finishes. If you would like to see our range of completed driveways you can check out our case studies

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Still unsure about electric cars? Take a look at this guide, which features information about the different types of electric vehicles available, as well as the 10 best on the market at the moment.

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