How to Get an Electric Car Charging Point Installed

As more people continue to buy electric vehicles, the need for charging points is increasing. While there are many charging stations installed throughout the country, it’s still not as widespread as petrol stations, meaning many EV owners are struggling to find nearby charging points.

While it is possible to charge an electric car at home using a standard power supply, it can result in long charge times and isn’t without its risks. Thankfully, it is also possible to have a home charge point installed domestically for a relatively affordable price.

With this, EV owners can expect much faster and more convenient charge times – it may reduce charging times by as much as 60{df80582cf8337399a397ccda41002f852f27e98f323712545129bf6d80f36253} in some cases!  It’s also surprisingly easy to get an electric car home charging point installed to!

Get funding towards the installation costs

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) currently offers funding for home charge point installations under the Electric Vehicle Home-charge Scheme. Be sure to apply for this, as you can currently receive up to 75{df80582cf8337399a397ccda41002f852f27e98f323712545129bf6d80f36253} towards the cost of installation.

Not only that, but the Energy Saving Trust (EST) also offers additional funding of up to £500 in Scotland,

As most home charge points cost around £1000 to install, this is certainly worth taking advantage of, as you may end up covering most – if not all – of the installation costs. Simply apply online for the funding, you’ll need a quote for the installation fee and proof of purchase before applying!

Select an installation supplier

There are various companies that can install a home charge point, but if you want to qualify for the initial £500 funding then they must be OLEV-accredited. Furthermore, if you wish to benefit from EST funding, the supplier must be from one of their designated suppliers.  

You will likely have the option of a few charge points with each supplier. These are typically in relation to their charge speed, so fast charge points are available but tend to cost more to install.

Choose a power rating

There are several power rating options available, so the higher the rating the faster it charges the vehicle.

3kW is viewed as the industry standard. This offers charge times around twice the speed of standard UK plug. Charge time varies depending of the vehicle, but expect around 6-8 hours to fully charge.

7kW is a faster charge option, although it will cost more as a result. It can charge around three times faster than a standard plug and is about twice as fast as 3kW charge points, with a charge time of around 3-4 hours depending on the vehicle.

Rapid charge points are also available, offering power outputs ranging from 20kW to 50kW. The charge times are exceptionally fast but installation much more expensive. Charge times can be an hour or less, making them one of the most convenient.

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