Fire, Security & Electrical Blog

Your Complete Guide to Electric Car Charging

Your Complete Guide to Electric Car Charging

Last Updated on 30 June 2022.

We’ll all be driving electric in less than 10 years. FACT.

 

If you’ve already got an electric car and you’re wondering how you go about getting charging points installed (whether that’s at home or for your workplace) OR you’re thinking about getting an electric or hybrid car, read on…

It’s part of the Government’s “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change, with the race now in full swing globally to reduce carbon emissions, pioneer renewables and completely transform our way of living.

 

The 2030 Pledge Explained

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to phase out the sales of new petrol and diesel cars/vans by 2030 as part of the UK’s 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions. (Some hybrid cars will still be allowed until 2035, but depending on how fast we approach this target, and how fast car companies adapt to these changes, we could see this goalpost changed.)

We’ll no doubt see countless grants for drivers, employers and incentives for motoring companies in the coming years, such as the OLEV (now OZEV) Grant and the further £1.3bn that’s promised for rolling out EV (electric vehicle) charging points in homes, streets and motorways.

Of course, with electric cars, there needs to be easy and unlimited access to electric car charging points, be it at home and at our workplace, not to mention car parks, motorway services and all-new ‘charging stations’ instead of the petrol stations we’re used to. There’s now more than 30,000 charge points across the UK in more than 11,000 locations, and it’s increasing now at a rate of knots.

 

Can I Install My EV Charging Point Myself?

 

Yes – if you’re an experienced and certified electrician.

There are, however, EV chargers coming to the market (e.g. the Easee charger) which are simple enough to install yourself, and certainly encouraged once you’ve had the initial wiring infrastructure set up by someone who knows what they’re doing and have the certificates to prove it.

 

Click here to find us on the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting’s (NICEIC) website.

 

This is where a lot of people make the mistake of trusting a “friend who knows electrics” or a cheap deal that gets the job (seemingly) done.

Ask yourself: if it’s cheap, why is that?

It’s important to remember that just because someone is an electrician doesn’t mean they’re experienced in installing EV chargers. That’s like asking a cardiologist to do brain surgery – would you trust it? I mean, they’re not a neurologist but they’re still a doctor, no?

Final liability on the efficacy and safety of ANY electrical installation lies with you, not the person who fitted it – although they do have something to answer for as well.

For instance, Rachel Maclean MP (Transport Secretary) issued in August 2021 a letter to all authorised installers for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to notify them of audits being carried out to identify deficient installations.

“The results of the audits indicate that the requirements of the grant schemes and in particular Building Regulations, BS 7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations) and the IET code of practice for EV chargepoint installations are not being met in a number of installations…

This includes installations going ahead when there are issues with the existing distribution equipment or supply equipment, and examples of poor wiring during installation…

The Government takes the safety of the public of the public extremely seriously. If necessary, we will remove companies and individuals found to be performing unsafe installations from our schemes and inform their electrical associations of our decision.”

 

Check out the installer guidelines via the Government website here.

 

Another important reason to get it done by a professional is because this can void warranties depending on the charging point you opt for, which you will want to avoid.

What’s more is if you get your charger installed by a professional, you’ll also get a certificate of installation following this which demonstrates your due diligence of a legitimate installation. Should something go wrong and you don’t have this then it could mean you wouldn’t be able to claim on your insurance.

On a similar note, if an issue arises with your vehicle’s battery and you need your manufacturer to fix this, you may be asked to provide your EV charging certificate to provide that it is indeed the car and not the charger which isn’t functioning properly.

Did you also know that a poor (or good) installation can impact the resale value of your property?

Yep – if you’re selling your property, its likely surveys will cover off the integrity of the installation you had commissioned. Conversely, by having one in the first place puts you at an advantage right now where not many people have them, but also by having it done right with the written certification to prove it, puts you in good stead.

There are SO many reasons not to do it yourself, with safety and being risk-averse being the centre of the message here.

That charging point’s going to live on your property for some time and will draw from your electricity so you’ll want to make sure it’s done right.

 

How much does it cost to install an EV charging point?

 

This largely depends on the quality of the charger you opt for, any special features (e.g. integrating with your accounting system if you’re charging out for electricity usage) and also the quality of your provider.

Using quality kit with a naff provider is a false economy and vice versa is as well (although you’ll find with us, we do not install certain brands simply because of their lack of efficacy and/or longevity so don’t choose to promote or encourage their use).

You’ll also need to make sure that your distribution board can cater for your new EV charging point and won’t short or create a safety hazard due to the electricity drawn from charging.

There are other factors which impact the cost of your EV charging point, such as the distance between your fuse box and your parking spot or driveway, so your neighbour’s charging point installation could easily be less or more than yours depending on how the building layout is. Of course, the kind of car you have or want could also mean you may need a charger capable of a faster charge or have a stronger electrical capacity.

Using a reputable installer will take into account all bespoke requirements and adapt to the specifications of your home or premises.

That’s why a site survey is so important. If you’re getting a price without one, it’s likely it’s not 100% accurate.

 

Click here to leave an enquiry with us so we can get a price together for you.

 

Don’t be taken aback about your installation costs. All the right components, labour and expertise that goes into electric vehicle installations is important, so look at it as an investment in your safety, your car battery’s longevity and your future joining the electric revolution!

 

How do I choose my installer?

 

As mentioned above, it is first and foremost incredibly important to make sure your installer is a qualified electrician with experience installing EV charging units.

Then you’ll want to look at the overall service they’re providing. A great installer will offer a seamless end-to-end service and/or service package which includes a handover with training, remote support, or even an annual check for your charging point.

At WFP, we offer all three!

You’ll also want to consider the long-term goal for your electric transition. It might be that you’ve only got the budget for just the one charging point right now but long-term you’ll want a whole host of them, or perhaps you have a hybrid car right now but want to go fully electric later on so you’ll want a more sophisticated charger capable of a faster charge…

A smart installer will ask you your plans and create the solution that fits you now and in the future.

For example, we do an extensive consultation, completely free, for anyone who reaches out to us to make sure whoever and whatever they choose is chosen based on an informed and educated decision.

 

What is the OZEV Grant and am I eligible for it?

 

This was the OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles) Grant, but now it’s OZEV (Office of Zero Emission Vehicles) to be truly reflective of the Government’s ambitions.

This Government department is facilitating grants to assist with the wide scale need for charging point installations.

Presently, you can claim back £350 per charging point installed (up to 40 sockets) via the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) or the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) – depending, of course, if this is domestic or commercial.

This is a voucher-based programme which can be redeemed via OZEV approved installers after you’ve received grant approval (don’t worry, we can do the paperwork for you!).

 

Click here to find out the application eligibility and guidance for the Homecharge Scheme.

 

And click here to find out the application eligibility and guidance for the Workplace Charging Scheme.

 

To be eligible you:

Have to have private, off-street parking where your charging cable won’t impede pedestrians, for example by crossing a public pavement.

  • Must have purchased an OLEV-eligible plug-in hybrid or electric car. Click here to see the list of eligible cars on the Government website. One of the most important bits of criteria is that the vehicle must emit less than 75g/km of CO2, which if your vehicle is fully electric isn’t hard as it’ll have zero emissions!
  • Must have purchased and installed a charger which is also OLEV-approved. Check out the list of approved chargers here. (Unfortunately Tesla Wall Connectors are not approved.)
  • Also have to have an OLEV-approved installer (don’t worry, we’re approved!) fit this charger for you.

 

How do I claim the OZEV Grant?

This is the best part. We take that headache away from you. The first important thing is to make sure you tick all four of the above criteria, then once you enquire with us to receive a quotation for the OLEV-approved supply and installation of your EV charger, we’ll kick-start the process of applying for the grant on your behalf.

 

Information we’ll need from you to do this includes:

 

  • Your vehicle make and model
  • The name and driver making this claim, i.e. the registered keeper of the car
  • The Vehicle Registration (or Identification) Number
  • Your MPAN or electricity supply number
  • Your proof of purchase for the vehicle

 

And if your car is a company car…

 

  • Also a letter nominating a specific user on company headed paper
  • Plus lease documentation of the vehicle if the car is being leased

 

Then the rest is up to us! And we’ll keep you updated with the process until it’s approved.

How much does an electric car charging point cost?

 

Our prices include:

 

  • Initial consultation and survey (be it virtual or in person)
  • The supply/cost of the parts themselves
  • Your handover and introductory training
  • 24-hour helpline access if you need help

To assess your needs and give you the most accurate price, please get in touch.

If you’re getting your charger installed with the OLEV Grant, what you pay us to supply and install it will factor in the £350 deduction, so essentially it’ll be:

£ Original Price – £350 OLEV Grant = £ What You Pay

So, whilst your grant application won’t be instant, what you pay will automatically factor in that discount.

(Please note: if your grant application is unsuccessful then you will be liable to pay the £350 which was deducted from your installation price.)

 

How fast can you fit an electric car charging point?

 

Our turnarounds are pretty fast and we aim to get your charging point installed within one week from your initial enquiry.

Before we carry out your EV charging point installation, we’ve got to notify your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), i.e. the people who look after your regional electricity supply.

Why does my DNO need to know about my electric car charging installation?

Your Distribution Network Operator (DNO), in other words your electricity suppliers for the area you live in (or want your EV charger installed) provides the electricity that you’ll be drawing on to charge your electric vehicle(s).

Therefore, as your installer, we’ll need to inform your DNO of the maximum demand at the premises, so they can check their end that the supply they offer is accurate.

 

Need help with electric car charging? Get in touch now!

Found this article helpful? Click your preferred social media platform below to give it a share!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.