If you’ve just bought yourself a new electric car, you will want to install a dedicated charger at home to keep it topped up and ready to go. Here is everything you need to know about EV charger installation in the North West, and how to choose the best.

Is It Necessary To Have A Dedicated Charger At Home?

Before you buy an electric car, you may be under the impression that you can use a standard three pin plug to charge your new car. Whilst this is possible as a last resort, a home charging point is by far the best option. These offer faster charging and built-in safety features to avoid overheating and short circuiting. A standard 3.2kW chargepoint will charge 60% quicker than a three pin plug, with far less risk.

A home charging point is a compact, weatherproof unit that can be mounted to a wall close to the place where you park your car. In order to install one at home, you currently need off street parking.

Types Of Chargepoint Units

There are various chargepoint units available, and the main difference between them is the power rating. The lower the power rating, the longer the charge will take – but this is often not a problem if you only intend to charge your car overnight. For example, a 40kWh Nissan Leaf will take 11 hours to charge from empty using a 3.6kW charger, or 6 hours using a 7kW charger.

Home charging units are carefully designed to ensure that there is no additional load on other wiring and circuits. They also include overload protection circuitry. 

Dedicated chargepoints won’t interfere with the electricity supply in your home. In fact, they supply the charge in a measured way depending on demand in your home and switch off when your car’s battery is full.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An EV At Home?

You may well have purchased an EV in order to save fuel costs – and there are ways that you can optimise this. 

What it will cost you to charge your EV at home depends on:

  • What you are paying for electricity
  • When you charge your EV
  • If you have solar panels, and how much of the energy they generate you can use to charge your vehicle.

Off-Peak Charging

There are many electricity tariffs available which offer cheaper electricity at certain times of the day (usually during off-peak hours). Utilising one of these can significantly reduce your bills if you ensure that you charge your car during those off-peak hours. Because the cheaper hours are usually overnight, this can work out very well.

EV Tariffs

Some energy suppliers offer special EV tariffs. These can come bundled with various offers, but it is important to to work out how much the deals are worth to you before simply signing up. Citizens Advice recently found that:

  • Regular tariffs can be cheaper than the cheapest EV tariff
  • Some EV tariffs offer deals on membership of a public charger network, which can balance costs
  • There may be higher than normal prices during the day, so watch this if you intend to charge your car at other times.

EV Charging At Work

Many employers are now considering installation of charge stations in their car parks, as a staff incentive. This allows employees to charge their EVs while they are at work, and makes sense with the current benefits awarded to choosing EVs as company cars. 

Installing an EV charging station (or multiple charging stations) at your company’s premises can help to keep your employees running and future-proof your business. It can also help towards your green credentials by encouraging those employees who were considering buying an EV to take the plunge.

There are many charging stations available which can provide energy to different types of vehicles – ideal for the variety of cars that your employees are likely to own.

How Much Does EV Charger Installation In The North West Cost?

EV charger installation can vary greatly from supplier to supplier, but the most important thing to do first is ensure that your chosen installer is OLEV-approved. OLEV – the Office for Low Emission Vehicles – offers funding for the installation of your charge point, as long as:

  • You use an OLEV-approved installer
  • You have off-street parking
  • You own an eligible car

The OLEV grant is a 75% contribution towards the cost of one chargepoint and its installation, up to a maximum of £500. This will significantly reduce the initial outlay, making it far more affordable. The typical cost of charge point is around £1000.

What To Look For When Considering EV Charger Installation In The North West…

When you are looking for installers for your charge point, here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Look for a company that guides you through your charge point options.
  • Ensure that the installers help you to access any grant funding towards the cost of installation.
  • Be confident that the company only supplies the most trusted chargepoint brands.
  • Check that the electricians are highly-skilled and qualified.

Where To Find An EV Chargepoint Installer

RES-EV are based in Middlewich, Cheshire, and our highly qualified electricians are experienced at installing EV charge points all over the North West. Whether you want a charge point for your home, office or elsewhere, we can help. We will be able to guide you through the grant funding application, outline the different types of charger available and commercial payment systems (if applicable). We will work within your budget to find the right solution for you. You can contact us today.