If you have an electric car at home, you may be considering installing a dedicated 7kW home EV charger on your property.
Convenient, safe, and fast – home electric vehicle chargers are one of the best ways to charge your EV. Not to mention how dedicated home chargers can significantly reduce the cost of charging your EV too (especially when compared to the rising cost of public charging stations!).
But having browsed various home EV chargers online and seeing the prices – you may be wondering whether you can install a charger yourself in the hopes of saving some money.
In short, no – you should not install your own electric vehicle home charger.
As installation experts, we strongly urge that you do not attempt to install your own home car charging point (unless you are a qualified electrician!) and instead select a professional to do so.
Believe it or not, installing a home electric vehicle charger yourself can be more expensive in the long run.
To illustrate our point, if you install the home charger incorrectly, you will have to pay for a professional to re-install it correctly – likely at a higher cost than originally quoted for a standard installation.
And that’s not mentioning the additional work and cost of the installer fixing any errors or damage that maybe have occurred during failed attempts at installing the charger (think widespread circuit shorting) – if they even can.
One of the worst-case scenarios is that your EV charger sustains significant damage during your attempts at installation, meaning you will either have to purchase a new home charger and be drastically out of pocket or sustain the loss and have no home charger!
Additionally, if you try to install the EV charger yourself, you will not qualify for the £350 EV chargepoint grant. Why? Because in order to claim the government grant, the charge point needs to be installed by an OZEV-approved professional installer. Of course, you need to qualify in the first place and since the previous scheme for homeowners ended – eligibility is now for flat-owner occupiers and people living in rented properties.
On top of the expense, if you go with installing your own home charger, you are voiding your three-year manufacturer warranty that comes as standard with your EV charger.
So, if there are any issues in the future, you will no longer be entitled to repairs or a new unit.
When taking the DIY electric car charging route, there is a high chance of serious harm to yourself or others. Electrical shocks, or even accidental electrical fires, are some of the dangers of installing your own EV charger.
Ultimately, dealing with an electrical installation is dangerous, complex, and not worth the risk. That’s why it’s best practice to choose installers who have experience and the correct qualifications and training to undertake the job to ensure peace of mind.
If you are thinking about having an EV charging point installed at home, you should use an experienced, skilled, and certified installer.
Using a trained professional will ensure your charger is installed safely and correctly the first time, you can qualify for the government grant (if applicable), your charger will keep its warranty, and there won’t be any preventable accidents.
A smart home EV charger and its installation will cost upwards of £1000, depending on the model and the ease of installation.
To acquire a quote for your EV charger installation, feel free to call us on 03333 44 96 99 or receive an instant quote here.
At We Power Your Car, we have a nationwide web of qualified and experienced EV charger installers across the UK who will provide a first-class installation with a quick turnaround. As approved installers, we are OZEV, Trustmark and NAPIT accredited and have a plethora of installations under our belt.
Moreover, we handle every step of the installation process for you, from contacting the DNO on your behalf and any grant paperwork.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
Spread over a 60 month period.
Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.
You decide the amount of months.
Minimum of £1000.
We will contact you to process the credit application. Approval is subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. 13.9% APR representative. T&Cs apply.
Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.
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.
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.
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.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
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.