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5 Uncommon EV Charging Questions Answered

We aim to answer all your electric vehicle charging questions here at We Power Your Car. So, having scoured the internet and listened to some of your queries, we have answered some of the more uncommon questions in relation to electric vehicle charging.

So, let’s get started…

1) Can I install my own EV charging point?

Okay, so this question isn’t that uncommon. However, in short, no, you should not install your own electric vehicle charger.

Whilst you may think you can save yourself some money by trying to “DIY” it, attempting to install the unit yourself will probably cost you more in the long term. For example, if you fail to install your charger correctly the first time around, you will have to hire a professional to install it for you properly anyway. Not only that, but inexperience with electrical equipment during your attempted installation could lead to mistakes, issues may arise, and therefore more costly fixes will be needed, i.e., if you accidentally cause a widespread circuit shorting. This also leads to our most crucial point. There is a high risk of injury if you attempt to install your own electric vehicle charger without proper training due to the complex nature of electric installations. You, or others, could be seriously harmed, whether it be an electrical shock or a fire.

So, overall, you should always hire a professional when wanting an electric car charger installed, as the risks outweigh the rewards.

Click here for more information on why you can’t install your own electric vehicle charging point.

2) Can someone steal my electric vehicle charger?

There are two questions people usually ask when it comes to electric vehicle charger theft:

2a) Can someone use my electric vehicle charger to charge their own EV without permission?

Realistically no. Most smart electric vehicle chargers nowadays come with security features as standard. For example, the Hypervolt Home 2.0 have a device lock/unlock feature, where you can disable your charger if you are away through the app, stopping any unwanted device use. You can also use the common smart feature, charge scheduling, to your benefit. Set your EV to charge during specific hours, and your charge scheduling feature will ensure nobody will be able to use your charger outside of your set hours, i.e. create a schedule for late evenings when you are home, so nobody will be able to use your charger throughout the day.

2b) Can someone steal my electric vehicle charging cable?

Electric vehicle cable theft is highly unlikely; however, it is even more unlikely if you have a tethered unit. Electric vehicle chargers that are tethered come with the cable permanently attached to the unit, making it essentially impossible to remove and therefore unstealable. In addition, some socketed (or untethered) EV chargers, such as the Easee One, have a Cable Lock feature. With just the click of a button, you can permanently lock your socketed cable into place from the app, ensuring your cable can’t be removed. Whilst not all socketed EV chargers have this feature, most socketed units do have the ability to remotely lock your charger, ensuring no unauthorised use. With socketed units, you will also have to put away your charging cable, so as long as it’s hidden away, you shouldn’t worry about cable theft.

3) Is it safe to charge your electric car in the rain?

Come rain or shine; you can charge your electric vehicle.  All smart and properly installed electric vehicle chargers are waterproof and ensure the safest standards. For example, the Easee One can withstand direct sun, wind, rain, and snow. It also features 11 sensors for temperature measurement and IP54 certification, which means it is protected from dust and water ingress from any direction!

So yes, it is entirely safe to charge your EV in the rain, although you might get a little wet!

4) Can you charge an electric car at someone else’s house?

Firstly, you need to ask your friend or family member (nicely) if they would be okay with you charging your EV on their property. If this is a yes, then the next step is to check whether or not you can charge your electric vehicle on their property, as a few variables could affect your ability to charge. Some of the factors include: your EV’s connector type, if your host has a home electric car charger, and whether or not you have a charging cable with you.

For instance, if they own an electric vehicle charger on their property, and you both share the same EV connector type and charging cable (either a Type 1 or Type 2), then you will be able to plug it into their charger with next to no fuss. However, if they own a home EV charger with a Type 2 cable and your electric car has a Type 1 connector, you will not be able to use their charger. To understand EV connectors and cables in more depth, please click here.

Alternatively, if you have a charging cable with you, you may be able to charge using a three-pin plug. However, 3-pin charging is the slowest way to charge your electric vehicle and is rather inconvenient for everyone involved, and perhaps a little rude if you are a guest! For example, in order to reach your electric car, you may have to use an extension cable, or you might have to thread the wire through a window or door if there isn’t an outside plug. This means messy wires in and around your host’s home for long periods of time. To read more about 3-pin plug charging, please click here.

If your EV connector does not match your host’s EV charger cable, and you do not bring a cable with you to charge via a 3-pin plug, you will unfortunately not be able to charge your EV at someone else’s house. However, you could use Zap-Map to find alternative charging stations near you!

5) Do EVs charge as you drive?

To properly charge your vehicle, you will need to use an electric vehicle charger, whether that be a slow charger (3-pin), a fast charger (dedicated home charging point, or ones found at supermarkets), or a rapid charger (usually located near Motorways). Electric cars do not have the ability to fully charge as you drive. However, they do have the ability to recharge your battery ever so slightly through regenerative braking.

Regenerative braking is when your electric car uses the wasted energy when it slows down to then recharge the car’s batteries. However, it is not a substantial amount and is nowhere near enough charge to consider it fully charging your EV.

Are you looking to get a smart EV charger installed? We Power Your Car can sort it for you!

If you are thinking about getting an EV home charger installed, please get in touch with us for helpful and unbiased advice. We install nationwide with quick installation times.

Get a quick and free quote for your smart home charger installation today!

You can browse our exciting range of dedicated EV home charge points here.  Or, if you still don’t know where to start and prefer to speak to someone directly,  call us on 03333 44 96 99, our expert customer service team are always happy to help.

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This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

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Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.