If you have an electric car at home, you may be considering installing an EV charger on your property.
No longer will you have to queue at busy public charging points or drape dangerous cables from your three-pin plug to charge your electric car – you’ll have access to cheaper, faster, more convenient charging from the get-go.
But if you’re here, you’re probably wondering – how much does it cost to install an electric car charger in the UK in 2023?
Learn everything you need to know about EV charging point installation costs below.
Typically, a standard 7kW home electric car charger installation costs between £850 – £1,200 in the UK.
However, the price depends on several factors. Why? Because no EV charger installation is the same. Customers have different wants, needs and building requirements, so it’s always best practice to obtain a quote for your specific circumstances. You never know; you might be eligible for a government grant.
There’s a wide variety of home electric vehicle charger manufacturers on the market, and the list keeps growing as the industry develops.
But not only do you have to choose which charger to go for, but you have to take in each charger’s build, aesthetic, smart features, and, most importantly, price points.
One important factor to consider in terms of the EV charger itself is whether you’d like a tethered or untethered EV charger – tethered (where the cable is permanently attached to the unit) or untethered (where you can plug and unplug the cable from the charger).
Tethered EV chargers are usually slightly more expensive than socketed ones, but not by much – roughly £50-£100. Of course, the longer your tethered EV charging cable, the more expensive your home electric car charger will be.
Additionally, home EV chargers all come with an array of different smart charging features. Some more advanced smart features include solar compatibility, load balancing, tariff integration and cable lock. It’s important to note that the more advanced EV chargers, with multiple smart features, will be more expensive. Typically, higher-end EV chargers offering maximum functionality will be over £1000, while your “basic” chargers will be less.
However, think of your EV charger as an investment, and don’t dismiss these advanced features so quickly. With so many smart charging features out there, you can save significantly on charging costs, especially if your charger can sync with your energy tariff – such as Octopus Agile – so you can take advantage of cheaper charging rates.
That being said, all home EV chargers should come with the charge scheduling feature because of the 2021 Smart Charging Regulations. By setting schedules during off-peak hours (12 -4 am), you can save significantly on charging costs and fully charge for cheaper. Be careful if you find any home EV chargers that do not offer this functionality, too, as these will be ‘dumb chargers’ and are not compliant with the regulations.
The typical home EV charger is rated at 7kW – and in our professional opinion, you don’t need more than 7kW to charge your car. However, 22kW home EV chargers are available if you desperately want a higher charging rate.
But it’s important to note that the cost of a 7kW EV charger is far cheaper than a 22kW charger because a 7kW charger requires a single-phase electricity supply, compared to a 22kW charger that needs a three-phase supply.
Most homes in the UK have single-phase electricity supplies, and upgrading your supply from your local DNO is expensive and time-consuming. On top of that expense, you’ll then have to add the cost of the EV charger (22kW charging points are more expensive than 7kW – think double the price) and then the installation as well (which won’t be standard), meaning the cost will be significantly more than the £800-£1,200 price range.
To make matters more complicated, your EV charger installation costs also depend on a number of factors – charger location, the cable run, if groundworks are required and much more. Most experienced companies offer a standard installation package, meaning if your installation falls within the set boundaries of the laid-out package, you’ll receive a quote for a fixed price – think of it like a package holiday, where everything you’ll need is included. The only additional cost would be a Surge Protection Device. However, you can opt out of this additional fee.
80% of home EV charger installations fall within our standard installation package at We Power Your Car, so the total cost of the home EV charger and its installation should cost around £850-£1,200. That being said, there will be non-standard installations, as some properties require more work than others, which will subsequently affect the cost.
Examples of non-standard work include:
Non-standards are not a problem for experienced EV charger installers. But, it’s important that you’re aware that the cost will be higher due to the additional equipment and labour costs needed to complete the job.
Your chosen EV charger company should undertake an online site survey to decide what package you’d fall under. For the online site survey, images and videos of the cable run between your fuse box to where you want your EV charger located and images of your water bonding and gas bonding are needed. For more complex jobs, in-person site surveys will be required.
Unfortunately, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme that provided £350 towards a home charging point for homeowners ended in March 2021. And while, unfortunately, no government aid is available for single-unit homeowners, the EV chargepoint grant for flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties is available. This means that residents who rent or own flats/apartments are entitled to £350 off the supply and installation of a home EV charger.
That being said, other government grants for electric car chargers are available:
If you are interested in more convenient, cheaper, faster and greener charging, then yes, it’s worth installing a smart home EV charger.
For a free, no-obligation quote, please call our industry experts at 03333 44 96 99 for unbiased advice and guidance. Alternatively, fill out the contact form below, or view our industry-leading range of home EV chargers.
We are NAPIT and TrustMark accredited, in addition to being OZEV approved, meaning we can handle any grant funding for you, both for the home market and the commercial market.
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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.