How much to install an electric car (EV) charger at home?

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Tim Greenhalgh

Posted on

January 7, 2021

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Drivers in the UK are making the switch to electric vehicles (EV) in ever increasing numbers but how much does it cost to install an EV home car charger?

There are a number of things that affect the total price you will pay when you decide to invest in an EV home charger but you could be charging your electric car at home for as little as £450.

What is the best home EV Charger?

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Cost of installing home car charger

Let’s drill down and see what costs are involved in installing your home car charger, as well as what to be aware of when planning your EV charger. Let’s choose for example an EV charger that costs £500. On average, the installation would be around £350-400 and then you can deduct the government grant that in this example would give you £350 towards the installation cost.

Government grant for electric car chargers

The recently renamed Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV), previously the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV)The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of a smart charger.

There are a few factors that can affect the installation cost. For example, how far from your distribution board you plan to place your EV car charger. The electric current will flow through armoured cable, which costs as much as £15 per metre, so the further away your EV charger is from the main board, the more expensive the costs. There is a metal sheath which is there to protect the conductors from accidental damage, and a PVC sheath around the metal sheath which protects from water and extreme temps.

You might also find that your distribution board is quite old and so has insufficient capacity. In this case, an upgrade to your existing electrics or an additional smaller fuse board would be needed so that you can install the EV car charger.

It might be that you would need to carry out ground works and fit an alternative earthing system. if you have to lift up paving and/or tarmac to install earthing protection then this will also impact the cost. Other less intrusive earthing solutions are available that do not require additional groundworks, but these come at an additional cost.

EV home charger capacity: EV charger types

Costs are affected by the type of charger, its capabilities and capacity. If you are looking for more features then this will impact the price, and with capacity, if you require a faster charger, this also attracts higher pricing.

EV charging doesn’t have to cost the earth and it shouldn’t be as difficult as rocket science! We make it easy to choose the right system at the right price. You can rest assured that your decision to move to electric car or electric van is the right one, for all right reasons – from low running costs to government support and reducing your carbon footprint.

Cost of running electric car vs petrol/diesel in the UK

EV charging solutions are cost-effective and you make savings on fuel costs that can deliver rapid payback on initial investment, while quality, long-lasting EV charging cables are now available.

Direct Line insurance recently released data clearly showing running EVs is actually cheaper than internal combustion engines, and a better move financially when the total cost of ownership over a vehicle’s lifetime is measured.

That’s partly because EVs are much cheaper to maintain and service because they have fewer moving parts and do not need oil changes, for example. It’s also possible to save on insurance.

The Government has also given EV car and van buyers a great incentive with zero annual vehicle excise duty.

 

 

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