Are you considering an electric vehicle charging installation at your home or commercial property? Before you dive in, there are some key points to know about what to expect and how to plan the install properly.

Here’s everything you need to know in our EV charging installation FAQs.

What is an EV charging installation?

An EV charging installation involves setting up the necessary infrastructure at your property or site to charge electric vehicles. This typically includes installing charging equipment, electrical connections, and, in some cases, upgrades to your electrical panel.

Should you install an EV charger at your home?

Domestic EV charging installations ensure convenient and efficient charging for your electric vehicle. It stops the need for frequent trips to public charging stations and allows you to charge overnight, saving you time and money. You may even be able to charge your car in a set time period when tariffs will be lower.

How long does it take to install an EV charger?

The time taken to complete EV charge point installations can vary based on factors like the type of charger and electrical panel upgrades required. On average, a basic home installation may take a few hours, while more complex setups could take longer if done in stages. Your EV charger installer will give you an estimate of timings.

Is a professional EV charger installation necessary?

You should only use a qualified electrical contractor for EV charging installations with experience in this type of project. Otherwise, you may put yourself and others at risk. You could also invalidate your property insurance if the work doesn't comply with British Standards and UK safety regulations.

Do EV charge points need their own circuit?

Yes, most EV chargers require a dedicated electrical circuit on your consumer unit, so it must have capacity for this or upgrades will be needed. Your electrical contractor will let you know if there are any special requirements of the job.

Are there different EV chargers available?

Most UK electric vehicles are compatible with UK chargers, but there are some differences in the speed at which they work. The ones you'll find in petrol stations, public car parks and retail outlets will usually charge your vehicle at a much faster rate than those installed at homes and workplaces, which are suitable for overnight use.

Can EV chargers be connected to multiple vehicles at the same time?

The majority of EV chargers are single use, so if you have more than one electric vehicle, it's best to have multiple ports installed to accommodate them.

How much does an EV charging installation cost?

The cost of EV charging installation will depend on various factors, including the type of charger, electrical upgrades needed and contractor fees. Look for a company with an all-in-one price that includes both the EV charger hardware and installation costs, requesting a free quote first.

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