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Can I bring my EV charger when I move house?

Can I bring my EV charger when I move house?

Picture this, your offer for the house of your dreams has been accepted – but wait, how are you going to charge your electric car at the new house? You may be thinking, can I bring my current home electric vehicle charger with me? Will I have to purchase a new EV charger? Will I have to resort to busy public rapid charging and slow three-pin plug charging?

Don’t worry – in this blog, we will take you through everything you need to know about home electric vehicle chargers and moving houses.

Can I take my EV charger when I move house?

In short, yes, you can take your EV charger with you when you move house. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. In fact, you could potentially be better off investing in a brand-new unit instead. Saying that, there are multiple aspects to think about before making the final decision – so let’s get into them!

The installer

The first and most crucial aspect of deciding whether or not to bring your EV charger is if a qualified installer can and will reinstall it on your new property. Some installers may not be keen on undertaking the job, so it’s best to check if they are willing to complete the work for you before the move.

One of the downsides to the removal and reinstallation of your unit would be that it could impact your EV chargers’ warranty. It’s best practice to check your charger’s terms and conditions before making the final decision, as removing the unit or going with a different installer could make your warranty redundant.

One thing is for certain – do not try and remove the electric vehicle charger yourself. Attempting to remove the unit could lead to significant damage to the unit. Not only that, but there is also a very high risk of injury. To understand the risks of installing your EV charger yourself, please read our blog here.

We are more than happy to reinstall your charger, whether you have gone with us previously or if you are in search of qualified EV charger installers. Please get in touch with us today on 03333 44 96 99.

Woman charging electric car

Price

How much will it cost to move a home EV charger? Well, you may think it would be cheaper to bring your EV charger with you, but the cost of having your electric vehicle removed and then reinstalled at a new property is likely to be a similar price to if you purchased a new unit (if not more expensive)!

There are some exceptions, of course. For example, if you had your EV charger installed when the previous version of the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme was available (sometimes referred to as the OZEV grant), you will have had a £350 discount applied to the cost of your installation.

With this in mind, it’s vital to work out where you would like your charger at your new house. You may need more cabling at your new property, for example, for the distance between your fuse box to your chosen EV charger location, than you had at your old property. Not to mention how additional work could incur additional fees, whether it’s for labour or more components.

If you are still keen on purchasing a brand-new unit, finance is always available on all the electric vehicle chargers we stock, meaning you could always spread the cost of your new EV over time!

Grants

The previous version of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme has ended (whereby you received a £350 grant on the cost of a home EV charger as a single-unit property homeowner). Now, however, it has been replaced by the overarching ‘EV Chargepoint Grant.’

This new version of the OZEV grant focuses on flat owners/occupiers, people living in rented properties, and landlords rather than single-unit homeowners. Given this recent grant change, if you are a single-unit property homeowner, you, unfortunately, will not be able to save £350 on installation costs unless you move to a flat or apartment.

If you are eligible for the EV Chargepoint Grant, it could be worth leaving your old EV charger and taking advantage of this new government funding and purchasing a new unit (as long as you qualify, of course!). To understand the new changes in more depth, including the requirements and how to claim the EV ChargePoint Grant, please click here.

Permission

Typically, you do not need permission to have an electric vehicle charger installed on your property as a homeowner, but it does depend on what type of house you are moving into. If you were moving into a listed building, for example, you would need permission to reinstall/install your electric vehicle charger at that property.

Another exception is if you are moving from a house with off-street parking to a house with only on-street parking, as you won’t be able to have your old EV charger installed on your property without adding a ChargeArm. If this is the case, you will need permission from your local council to approve the installation.

Unfortunately, you would have the additional purchase of the ChargeArm on top of your EV charger installation/reinstallation, making it a more expensive move. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are no other ways to have a dedicated home EV charger if you have on-street parking without additional infrustrature. So, without, you would have to resort to untidy and slow three-pin plug charging or using busy and expensive public rapid chargers!

DNO

Your DNO (Distribution Network Operator) is in charge of your electricity, but did you know that before every electric vehicle charger installation, your DNO needs to be contacted to ensure your EV charger will be safe to install?

Contacting your DNO before any EV charger installation is regulation, so even with a reinstallation of your old unit at your new property, we would need to contact your DNO again. Why? Because different houses have different electrical supplies.

DNO intervention could be needed at your new house before you can have your charger installed/reinstalled. Issues could arise, for example, your electricity may have a looped supply (when your property’s electricity supply is connected to your neighbours), or you may require a fuse upgrade (since your main fuse can’t handle the electrical demand of your EV charger). If this is the case, additional work may be needed by the DNO before we can undertake your installation.

To learn more about the DNO and what part they plan in the electric vehicle charger installation process, please read our blog here. To find your DNO, please click here.

Property Value                                                           

You may be thinking you will lose investment by having to purchase two home EV chargers – but fear not! With the new government legislation, all new build houses are required to have a home charger installed on the property (to read more, click here.) So if you are moving into a new build home, you might not have to fork out for a new charger – there may already be one! (Obviously, you will know this way before you exchange keys – given that you will have viewed the property!).

Not only that, but the value of your old property will increase – a study by Riverdale Leasing found that a property with an electric vehicle charging point sold for 13% more than the average. So, by leaving your EV charger behind, you will be adding additional value to your old house.

Location                                                                          

Your charger may be the perfect fit at your current house, but that might not be the case with your new property!

You may have invested in a tethered unit, but having moved to your new property, you might find that the cable is not long enough to reach our electric car. Due to the nature of a tethered EV charger, you wouldn’t be able to replace the cabling (the cables are permanently attached to the unit with tethered chargers). Unfortunately, if this were the case, you would have no other option but to invest in a new unit. Still a bit stuck on the difference between tethered and socketed chargers? Read our blog here.

As previously mentioned, further work could also be needed depending on where you want your unit (i.e., a detached garage will require more cabling), resulting in increased costs. Again, investing in a new home charging point might be best as you can cater your requirements to the new property.

Smart Home Electric Vehicle Charging Regulations

With the introduction of the Smart Home Electric Vehicle Charging Regulations, all persons or businesses selling, offering, or advertising an electric vehicle charge point for sale have to comply with the new legislation that came into effect back in June 2022.

A key part of the new regulations is that every EV charger sold needs to be smart, which includes the ability to schedule charging. Whilst most smart electric vehicle chargers have the charge scheduling smart feature, your current electric vehicle charger may not be regulation compliant. If you purchased your charger before the new legislation, it’s not an issue. However, you may be missing out on smart features that could help you save money.

If you are torn between investing in a new unit or keeping your old one in relation to the regulations, we would suggest investing in a new unit to ensure a safe, compliant smart charger.

EV charger aesthetic

This last point is hardly a be-all and end-all, but if the look of your house is important to you, this could be a deciding factor. Your old electric vehicle charger may not fit the aesthetic of your new house – it may be too large or a mismatching colour, or you may not like the tethered look on the side of your new house! With this in mind, you might want to invest in a new electric vehicle charger that compliments your new property’s style.

Some advanced EV chargers, such as the Easee One, don’t have this problem. The Easee has a switchable front cover. So, for £45, you can purchase a new colour cover to match your new abode!

Are you looking to get a home EV charger installed or reinstalled? We Power Your Car can help!

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.

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Tethered charger

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.