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How much are EV charger installation costs? Prices may vary, but on average it’ll cost around £700 - however, there are government grants available such as OLEV grant to help reduce the cost of this installation. This blog post will outline all of the costs associated with installing an EV charger such as accessibility, type of charger and grants available. 

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With many homeowners thinking of switching to electric vehicles, it’s important to understand all costs involved so you’re fully informed before making a decision. Remember that the cost of EV ownership isn’t limited to just the initial outlay for the car. As well as the ongoing electricity costs, you’ll need to consider the initial one-off EV charger installation costs in your calculation.

There are three main components that influence the cost on an EV charger:

  • The cost of the EV charging point
  • The cost of labour to install the charging point (as well as the cost of any additional electrical components)
  • The government grants and discounts available

The cost of the charger itself

The cost of the charger itself is the cheapest part of an installation. The average cost for a home charger is around £500, but you may need to pay extra if there are other factors that affect your install. For example, it might be necessary to upgrade the electricity supply in order to power up an EV charger. This will require spending money on having engineers come round and check what's available at your property before suggesting any possible solutions or upgrades required by law so far as safe working practices go - which can prove costly depending on how much work needs doing! You should factor this into your budget when considering costs involved with installing a Home EV Charger in UK homes.

The cost of the installation

The home charger is primarily based on whether or not it needs an electrician to perform any work, which can vary greatly depending on your location. For example, if you are installing a wall-mounted unit in the garage, then this would be very simple and wouldn't require additional tradespeople aside from maybe some minor carpentry of fitting brackets for fixing into the wall. A non-tradesman DIY job! If, however, you were looking at having more than one EV charging point fitted throughout your property (as many do), then there will likely need to be further electrical works undertaken by an electrician, especially when considering wiring up multiple points across different rooms/areas of your house etc., each requiring their own circuit installation with its own dedicated fuse board.

Additionally, you will need to consider and take into account any internal or external cabling that may be needed in order to get the power source from your home to the EV charging station, such as trenching and laying cables around the property. It's important that all this work is carried out to the correct standards and complies with UK building regulations. Otherwise, you may find yourself not only facing a hefty bill for all your hard work but also for putting your home at risk of future electric shocks and fire hazards.

3. Grants available

UK Homeowners can get grants of up to 40% off the cost of installing an electric car charging point at their property. The grant is limited to £350 per charge point, which includes VAT and any work required by local authorities or utility companies (such as moving a meter). The government is also offering grants of up to £350 per year, capped at five years, to landlords who install charge points. These are being offered in all parts of the UK where there's a plan for rapid EV rollout and have no cap on the number that can be installed in each area. This means you could get multiple free chargers if your tenants take advantage (although it doesn't cover installation). Read more about government grants for electric car chargers here. 

Factors affecting the cost of EV charger installation

There are several additional factors that affect EV charger installation costs including:

  1. The number of chargers needed
  2. The accessibility of the fuse box
  3. The amount of preparation work needed
  4. The type of charger installed
  5. The brand of EV charger
  6. Power supply issues

1. The number of chargers needed.

This is the first question that you need to answer before proceeding with your EV charger installation. You can either get a single or multiple chargers depending on how many electric cars and plug-in hybrids are in your family and what types of vehicles they own. For example, if you have two EVs and one PHEV, it would be wise to install multiple charging points, so everyone's needs are met at all times. Of course, this will depend on other factors such as budget restrictions etc., but getting more than one makes sense when there is a high demand for car charging throughout the day (e.g., because drivers work different hours). In case someone wants to charge overnight while others won't use it during working days, then having an individual charger for each car makes sense. However, if there is only one vehicle that needs charging at a certain time, then it would be just enough to have one charging point installed.

Charger location – most people want the ability to charge their vehicle at various locations around their property rather than just one specific spot. This means installing more than one electric car charging socket can significantly increase costs. However, if you have additional parking spaces available with access from another driveway, then these might be cheaper options worth considering before spending money on two dedicated chargers where only one is necessary.

Wall-mounted chargers are more common than ground-mounted chargers. They can be installed inside or outside a home, depending on the model and features you choose. A wall charger is attached to your property's main power supply. Ground-mounted chargers are installed in open spaces near where vehicles tend to park when not being used, either at an off-street parking space or within the garage itself if one exists. It is most commonly seen in apartment buildings but may be required by local zoning ordinances even in single-family dwellings to safety concerns about backflow currents. For both types of chargers, you will need to schedule an appointment for your electrician or contractor to assess the installation cost.

2. How important is it for your fuse box to be easily accessible?

Accessibility of home fuse boxes means that they are easily accessible by anyone who wants or needs them. This can be a safety hazard if not properly installed and maintained. If there was ever a fire in your house or someone broke into your property, having quick access to the electrical panel could save lives! While this might seem like common sense, many people don't actually understand how much power comes through their homes on any given day without even knowing about it. For example, you may run multiple appliances at once throughout the day, such as hair dryers, ovens etc., which will bring more electricity through certain circuits, making them very hot. These circuits are monitored by your electrician, who will install new wiring if these become overloaded to ensure that the current is appropriate for all appliances to run at the same time. If you're installing an EV charger in your home, it should be installed on its own circuit, which will allow you to have access to your fuse box with ease.

How much preparation work is needed?

This depends on the type of installation you want to have. If you only need a single-phase residential charging station, then no preparation work is needed prior to starting the installation process. However, if your home requires three-phase power, which will require an electrician's assistance in order for it to be properly installed and operational, then you should contact one before going ahead with installing a new EV charger. It can also take longer because there are requirements that must be met by law when adding electrical circuits or devices such as dedicated circuits/outlets in garages or outdoor areas where equipment requiring grounding may not always be used safely without them being present first (e.g., pool pump). Additionally, this could mean working on existing wiring, which can be extremely dangerous if not done properly.

How can you qualify for money off your home charger costs? 

First, an individual needs to have a property that is suitable for installing an electric vehicle charger. The property has to be connected with electricity mains in the UK, and there should not be any restriction on power usage; otherwise, it might affect the eligibility of getting government grants. An applicant who wants to apply for grant money must meet certain criteria, i.e. they must be at least 18 years old, employed or self-employed in the UK, own their home or renting from a private landlord but cannot afford the installation cost of EV charging station installed by himself without help from outside sources such as Government Grants. You can see the full OLEV grant requirements here: https://olevgrant.com/olev-grants-explained/ 

What type of chargers are available, and how will this affect the cost?

Home EV charger installation costs can vary depending on the type of charging station that is chosen; therefore, it's important to explore all your options before making a purchase. There are three types of home chargers available: AC Level I, AC Level II and DC fast-charging stations (DCFC). The quickest way to charge an electric vehicle is through high voltage direct current (HVDC) or at least 480 volts / 80 amps which is what would be needed for long-distance trips in some EVs like Tesla models. This enables more than 400 miles range within one hour of charging time. It uses either above ten kilowatts up to fifty kilowatts of power input into each car battery pack by using J1772 connectors at each charger. The average UK home will need a Level II charger which is the most common type of plug for an EV in Europe and North America but is not the fastest.

Who are the main EV charger brands?

There are several electric vehicle charger providers in the UK. The three main brands include Pod Point, Chargemaster and Tesla Motors. Which one should you choose? It depends on your budget and how much money you want to invest into an EV charger installation for your home or business premises. There might be a cheaper alternative that would suit your needs better than any other provider can offer!

Other factors that may affect the cost of your EV charger installation

Distance from the nearest transformer to where you want to install the EV charger Point A. For example, if it's a long way away or on another side of your house, then this will affect what kind of cable installation needs to take place as well as potential costs involved.

Power supply - in order to connect your home EV charging point, you will need a power supply that is compatible with the unit. You can find out if this is possible by checking whether it complies with the current electrical system of your house and how many amps are required for each type. For example, an 11 amp household circuit should be able to handle an electric vehicle charger fast charge adapter but not one that uses 32 or 40 amps as these require circuits capable of handling between 33 kW and 70kW, respectively (which would mean getting new wiring installed). This may involve rewiring parts of your house, which could cost more than £1000 depending on where it needs doing so factor this into any budgeting.

WiFi or app-operated capabilities.

If your EV is equipped with WiFi or app-operated capabilities, you might not need a dedicated all-inclusive home charger. This means that the installation costs of an EV charger in UK homes will be reduced considerably. You can install just a cable for charging and use it via your smartphone when needed without having to pay extra money on expensive hardware such as timers and remote control panels etc. However, the initial cost of the charger may be higher. 

 

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Other factors that may affect the cost of your EV charger installation

Distance from the nearest transformer to where you want to install the EV charger Point A. For example, if it's a long way away or on another side of your house, then this will affect what kind of cable installation needs to take place as well as potential costs involved.

Power supply - in order to connect your home EV charging point, you will need a power supply that is compatible with the unit. You can find out if this is possible by checking whether it complies with the current electrical system of your house and how many amps are required for each type. For example, an 11 amp household circuit should be able to handle an electric vehicle charger fast charge adapter but not one that uses 32 or 40 amps as these require circuits capable of handling between 33 kW and 70kW, respectively (which would mean getting new wiring installed). This may involve rewiring parts of your house, which could cost more than £1000 depending on where it needs doing so factor this into any budgeting.

WiFi or app-operated capabilities - If your EV is equipped with WiFi or app-operated capabilities, you might not need a dedicated all-inclusive home charger. This means that the installation costs of an EV charger in UK homes will be reduced considerably. You can install just a cable for charging and use it via your smartphone when needed without having to pay extra money on expensive hardware such as timers and remote control panels etc. However, the initial cost of the charger may be higher.

Your warranty - A warranty is essential on all home appliances, including electric vehicle chargers. It's the only way to guarantee that you are covered for any problems down the line and ensures your product will be replaced or repaired without charge if it breaks within the time period of the warranty. This applies even if there is a fault with an EV charger that has been caused by misuse or accident – as long as it's still under warranty, then this won't affect what happens next. The cost of fixing an old machine can also add up over time, but warranties ensure that repair work isn't going to break your bank balance too much either. These costs should always include labour charges in addition to parts price unless otherwise stated, so make sure to check this before signing off any work. The minimum warranty period you should expect to see is 12 months, but a 24-month cover is usually better value for money.

In conclusion, the increasing number of homes in the UK that are switching to electric cars is leading to an increased demand for installation services. However, homeowners should be aware of all charges involved with installing a home EV charger before they invest their money into it. For more information about home EV charger installation costs - get in touch with us today.

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