As long as you’re able to charge overnight your car will be ready to go without having to visit a petrol station.
Home charging stations are compact, weatherproof and easy to install – taking as little as two to three hours to fit a unit. But don’t be tempted by your local electrician. The best thing to do is contact a certified OLEV (Office for Low-Emissions Vehicles) installer. Choosing someone like this will ensure your home charger is fitted to the highest safety standard.
There is an Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant available which provides up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charging point.
Installation can be more complicated than you might anticipate…
I think this highlights how complex EV charge point installations are. What seems very simple actually isn’t.
Firstly, if the client told me they want the cable hidden in shingle I would be asking them to dig 600mm deep with marker tape. Or suggest that the cable is clipped direct. It cannot be just hidden under the surface.
I also wouldn’t put the EV circuit on the RCD side of the board as any DC fault current could interfere with the type AC RCD despite the suggested charger having a built in Type A RCD. I believe a separate consumer unit should be installed dedicated for the EV as to not interfere at all with the existing installation.
It starts getting a bit out of hand so when you have companies banging out two or three of these a day I wonder what they are actually doing.
You’re totally right this is a great comment. Most people think it’s like putting in an outside socket but it’s much more complex than that and there’s no such thing as a “standard” install in my opinion as there are so many factors to take into consideration.