Electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid charging

Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Lincolnshire County Council recognises the significant benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV), particularly concerning air quality and public health. The usage of electric vehicles by residents is increasing. 

Most plug-in electric cars come with cables you can plug in at home, using a standard 13-amp socket or plugging into a proprietary charging point. Charging an EV is reasonably straightforward for residents with access to off-street parking. Residents should refer to their vehicle’s handbook and any instructions for using cables, including extension cables, and seek advice from a qualified electrician before charging an EV. 

It is important to consider public safety and existing legislation when placing the cable from the power supply in your home to your vehicle. Owners should be aware that any legal liability arising from the placement of the cable/guard is their responsibility. You may wish to speak to your home insurer to seek confirmation that your home insurance policy covers this situation. 

Consider your surroundings

When considering charging your car on the public highway, it is important to be mindful of other road and footway users. 

The presence of an EV cable, protected or not, may provoke a reaction from neighbours and passers-by. You can prevent this by following this guidance and avoiding placing a cable on other people’s property (e.g. on neighbouring land or over an adjacent vehicle bonnet). 

Should the act of charging an EV cause a neighbourly dispute, you can find more information in regard to resolving this here.

Households should also consider the potential risk to their property when charging their EV. For example, a cable trailed through an open window, letterbox or front door could increase the chance of a walk-in burglary. Find information on protecting your home here.