We Power Your Car EV Home Charger Installation
With over EV home charger installations successfully completed, We Power Your Car are experts in the field of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions. We provide everything you need to go from considering a home or commercial smart charging facility upgrade, right through to helping you find the best EV home charger to suit your intended purpose, and providing impartial advice and guidance along the way.
We are also available to carry out an expert EV home charge point installation accredited by the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in domestic or commercial environments, for cars, vans, trucks plus multi-point installations for fleet operators and companies.
What type of properties can we install a home charger on?
The most straightforward properties for installing a home charger on are freehold, owner occupied houses and bungalows with off-road parking or a garage near the building. It is also possible to install chargers in leasehold buildings, rented homes and in communal flats.
Home charge point installation.
Everything starts with a remote home survey carried out before an installer even attends your home. Following our remote survey we will send one of our qualified electrician installers to identify the best way to adapt your power supply for optimised home charging. They will also work with you to make sure the best location on your property is chosen for convenient and trouble-free home charging.
Home charger installation procedure can vary according to the individual circumstances of the project. During the pricing and purchasing process we invite customers interested in our installation service to complete a short questionnaire that gives us an understanding of these circumstances before arriving to carry out an installation.
Fit a dedicated cable for the charge point using a spare slot in your distribution board and protect with a suitable class of circuit breaker
Install an earthing point if required
Securely mount the charging unit in a suitable location on a wall or other solid structure
Install conduit, run a cable and make all electrical connections
Carry out the required safety checks and certifications
Demonstrate the functions of the appliance
We Power Your Car OZEV Accreditation
We Power Your Car provide Office of Zero Emission (OZEV) accredited installers and authorised OZEV accredited EV home charger installations.
OZEV administers distribution of EVHS grant aid and only makes funding assistance available to accredited home charger installations carried out by authorised companies such as ours.
OZEV accreditation of an installer verifies that they have:
- Proof of membership of an electrical registration scheme (qualified electrician)
- Proof of public liability insurance
- Proof that through specific product training, a manufacturer has approved them to install their equipment
- Proof that they have been trained to install electric vehicle charging points
Funding for Home Charging – the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
EVHS is a grant scheme that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one EV charge-point and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The government recognises that many people will want to charge their electric vehicles at home and charge them efficiently. This scheme is designed to help them do so.
- You can claim one home charger per eligible electric or plug-in vehicle, and up to two eligible vehicles per household.
- The grants are available for the majority of fully electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.
Do you qualify for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant?
You must have off-street parking, such as a driveway or garage.
Your home charger must be OZEV- approved and installed by an OZEV- approved charge point installer.
You must either already own or keep an eligible vehicle or have one on order, and provide evidence that you are or will be, the keeper and primary user of that vehicle.
The date of installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of the date of delivery or start date of vehicle use.
Smarter Home Charging
The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 gives the Government powers through secondary legislation, to ensure that all charge points sold or installed in the UK will have smart functionality.
In addition to the environmental benefits of low or even zero emissions, Electric Vehicles (EVs) offer new opportunities for consumers as part of a smarter and more flexible system. Smart charging, during off-peak periods when electricity demand is low, also means consumers with a home charging station can benefit from cheaper electricity tariffs and safer optimised recharging.
Smart home charging systems offer much more to consumers than many of the charging accessory offerings supplied with the vehicle at the point of purchase. Smart Home charging utilises cheaper low tariff electricity and further savings on recharge times with our single phase charger.
What is smart charging functionality?
Smart charging sets up an intelligent communication channel between your vehicle, the charger and in most cases your smart meter supplied by your energy company or an app on your phone. The charger is sharing data that facilitates optimised recharging of your vehicle. This might include automatically recognising and allowing for low tariff periods, regulating charging during periods of high demand when the grid is under pressure, and scheduling charging for periods where there is plentiful clean, renewable electricity generation.
Smart chargers are also future-proof because of the ease of installing software updates and upgrades as they become available.
Choosing from The We Power Your Car home charger options
Home charging stations come with wide-ranging abilities and price points. Which charger to install is pretty much customer led. At We Power Your Car we are not tied to one particular manufacturer and have no incentive to be anything other than unbiased and customer-focused by offering chargers from a broad spectrum of manufacturers.
There are a couple of factors that might dictate choice but in all cases there will definitely be a suitable charger available from our range.
- The onboard charging ability of the Electric Vehicle may have been limited by the manufacturer.
- Most domestic installations only require a single-phase compatible charger rather than a super-fast 3 phase .
Common Home EV Charging Features
Mobile App: if a charger has the ability to connect to your home or mobile wireless telecoms network, it will also come with an app to control various functions like starting and stopping charging, programming start / stop times and remotely locking the charger to prevent unauthorised use.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity: Allows you to manage various aspects of the charger, schedule charging and receive charging statistics via your phone using a web-based interference. In some cases it allows the charger to directly communicate with your smart meter.
Mobile Network Connectivity and 4G: Some chargers use mobile networks for a more stable connection rather than Wi-Fi. This requires mobile network coverage at the charge point
Solar Ready: This is a charger that has the ability to recognise and draw power from solar panels installed on your property. We guess you have to call that FREE charging!
Locking: In order to prevent an unauthorised person from plugging in to a charger and effectively stealing your electricity, it is important to have the ability to lock them out. This is done in different ways such as pin code entry, remote locking via an app or a web based interface
Universal Charging: A charger with universal charging capability can automatically recognise and adjust to the onboard charging capability of your EV and also the amount of power available in your home electrical system
Smart Reporting: Gives you all the information at your fingertips. When the vehicle was charged, how much power was consumed and at what tariff and any errors. In fact everything you need to know to monitor charging performance.
Charge Scheduling: A charger that can be scheduled to charge your car at low tariff rates
Load balancing: A charger with load balancing will safely balance the energy usage between your EV charge point and other appliances using your power supply, so that your vehicle charges in the most efficient and safest possible way.
Tethered Charging. The charger is supplied with its own pre-connected cable.
Socketed Charging: You must use a separate cable to connect your vehicle to the charger.
The table below gives an at-a-glance look at our recommended charger range and some of the many available features. To find out more and get a lower fixed price for supply and installation that includes a reduction for grant aid, click on the Find Out More link in the last column to go to the product page for the EV charging station that interests you.
EV Home Charger Installation Costs vs Benefits
It has been estimated that upgrading your electrics to install a charging station at home will recover your initial outlay within 10,000 miles. Making full use of the electric travel capability of your EV, topping up the battery pack on a daily basis and for PHEVs, avoiding switching to fossil fuel wherever possible, will contribute massively.
Choosing a smart charger with ability to draw power from your solar panels or schedule charging to times when your tariffs are lowest, will have a significant impact on daily running costs and bring them well below the cost per mile of a fossil fuel powered vehicle. It is estimated that the running costs of electric cars are 36% cheaper than petrol and diesel.
And looking a few years into the future, as the uptake of electric vehicles continues to surge ahead, the fact that your house already has a charging station installed may well be a great selling point when it comes time to move on.
We are always available to offer advice and information. You can get an instant quote by answering a few simple questions here on our website. Our home charging experts are also standing by to answer your questions and help you through the maze. All you have to do is call us FREE on 03333 44 9699 for a FREE consultation without obligation.
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