EV charger installation
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk charging point installer
Our quick guide to electric vehicle charging points.
For many drivers, it simply makes sense to switch to an electric vehicle. They produce far lower ‘lifetime’ emissions, offer a far more attractive carbon footprint, aren’t putting pressure on non-sustainable fuel resources, and, in many cases, are far more practical and stand to save money for the savvy driver.
With vehicle charging technology being relatively new, there aren’t as many rapid chargers available in public car parks, supermarkets, or installed at the majority of workplaces as we’d like or need so far. So, whether they’re all-electric, hybrid vehicles or plug-in hybrids, what exactly is the best-bet vehicle charging solution?
Installing EV charging points at home
Given that the majority of drivers will carry out most of their vehicle charging at home when electricity rates are at their lowest, installing dedicated electric vehicle chargers in our garages or on our driveways is a must.
Having EV charging points installed at home allows us the greatest convenience. Just imagine never having to chase out to the petrol station or being held up in those forecourt queues ever again. No more nightmares when you’re desperate to start a journey, or you’re running late for work. What a bonus!
What are the best options while having an EV charger installed?
The best option for fitting EV charging points is to pick a qualified electrician with the correct technology certification—to safely and expertly carry out the job you need.
JW Warren Electrical are an approved installer, certified by OZEV, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (formerly known as OLEV), so you can be assured of a professional fitting service.
Furthermore, as expert local installers in Bury St Edmunds, we’re perfectly placed to fit the latest electric vehicle charging points at any home with off-street parking facilities within the area.
Not only will we carry out a clean and tidy installation using the latest chargers and technology, but we’ll also save you money on your installation costs.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
We’ll guide you through the best choice of electric vehicle charging points for your home and car, but also, as approved OZEV installers, we can help you save up to £350 off the cost of a new charging point wherever the home and car is eligible.
All the latest scheme information is available from the government’s website, and we’ll walk you through every step of your application, ensuring a great saving wherever possible.
How do I know which EV charging point I need?
There are several ways to charge an electric vehicle. You don’t necessarily need a custom charging point, but the process becomes long and laborious when using a standard home electrical socket. Any standard 3-pin socket will merely trickle the charge into your car’s battery, where an EV charger will deliver the same charge to your electric car in a fraction of the time.
Tethered and untethered charging points
Each manufacturer designs its charging points (or wallboxes) to suit different drivers and their needs. However, the key difference between chargers is the way they connect to your car.
A tethered wallbox is considered more convenient than its untethered counterpart, as it has a permanently fixed charging cable designed specifically for your car. You drive up, uncoil the cable, plug it in, and set it to work.
With untethered options, you need a charging cable to connect the wallbox to your vehicle. While it sounds like a fuss having to dig the cable out of your car, garage, or home, it provides an option to connect more than one charger type through its universal plug. They also look a lot tidier as a neatly finished, simply-styled box, without the cable wrapped around it or hidden within a far larger storage system.
Smart chargers and app connectivity
As technology moves forward, many current EV charging points are considered ‘smart chargers’ as they include various facilities a standard charger doesn’t.
Smart charging (or intelligent charging) uses a data connection to communicate with the electricity provider or operator. A smart station allows the owner to monitor, manage, and even restrict the use of the facility remotely.
Smart charging helps owners optimise energy consumption and costs, with some chargers detecting the lowest unit times for charging or when renewable resources are available. Each station is connected to the ‘cloud’ and with that, owners and suppliers can dictate their best practices—remotely and automatically.
Electric vehicle charging FAQs
How much does it cost to install an EV outlet?
According to the RAC, the average cost is around £800. However, we can help you save up to £350 or 75% of your total spend under the EVHS scheme.
Can you charge an EV from a normal socket?
Yes—although it will take far longer than a dedicated EV charger, often over 7 or 8 hours to fully charge your battery, and occasionally up to a full day, depending on the size of your battery.
Can I charge my electric car on the street?
No. Unless you’re using a dedicated charging point, leaving unattended trailing leads is a safety hazard for other road and street users.
Why would I need a professional electrician to install an EV Car Charger in the first place?
Every electrical device comes with health and safety legislation. Installing an EV charging point must be completed by a professional and approved electrician for the user’s safety to conform to guidelines and legislation.
What type of EV car charger do I need, and do I have a choice of where it gets installed?
We carry out detailed investigations into each site and vehicle. Then, with all the information we need to hand, we recommend the best options available to you, discussing possible installation locations, costs, instructions, and best practices.
Why does it have to be an EV car charger, and what does EV stand for?
EV stands for electric vehicles, and a dedicated EV charging point is faster, more efficient, and far neater than plugging your car into a standard mains socket.
How long does the EV charger installation take?
Each location has its own unique needs and installation duration, but on average, a standard EV charger installation takes around 2 hours.