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Every month, more and more drivers worldwide are turning to electric vehicles for cheaper running costs and clean energy transportation.
It is predicted by 2030 that 50% of all new car sales will be EVs.
At Tarven Limited, we are committed to connecting the Southeast of England with home chargers to make owning an electric vehicle an easy, dependable, and more practical solution to the petrol and diesel alternatives.
Why Install a Home EV Charger?
When it comes to charging an EV, you have three options. You can use a charger available to the public. If your workplace has an EV charger, you can charge your car at work. Otherwise, you can arrange to have an electric car charging point installed at home.
Because most of us sleep at home and spend more time at home than away from the house, charging your electric car there makes sense. But before ordering a home electric car charging point, you should understand a few points to make the process as cost-effective and straightforward as possible.
If applicable we can also apply for a grant for you to install an Electric Vehicle Charging Point in your home under the Homecharge Scheme for those eligible or up to £14,000 to install EV Charging Points at your Workplace under the Workplace Charging Scheme.
We will carry out a free survey of your property to establish the best possible EV Charger options for you.
To find out more information or to request your free no obligation survey, get in touch with our team today.
What Are The Two Types of EV Home Chargers
At home, you can use the slow charger that comes with an EV or install a wall charging unit. The manufacturer’s slow charger has a standard 3-pin UK plug to insert into a domestic electricity socket. This option is easy to use and to transport.
However, depending on the size of your battery, a slow charger can take more than a day to produce a full charge. Slow chargers are generally only recommended for emergencies when you are too far from the nearest public supply or your home charger.
The best option is a home wall-mounted charger if you use your EV frequently. An electrician can place the box on the side of your home or in a garage. Wall EV chargers are easy to use and will deliver a full charge to a battery in hours. The exact recharge time depends on several factors, but even with a relatively low charging power of 11 kW, a 60-kWh battery will be full and ready to go in under six hours. With a powerful 22-kW charger, charging the same battery takes less than three hours.
When choosing an EV charger, you can select a standard charger or a smart model you can programme remotely to charge at specific times.
A smart charger connects to an app on your smartphone. This lets you set your car’s charging times from your phone and control how much electricity goes into the battery.
Smart charging has the benefit of ensuring you only charge your EV when your electricity tariff is most affordable. You can also limit the amount of energy in the battery to around 80 percent to prevent overheating the cells. Limiting the power going in increases the life of the battery.
Smart chargers are more expensive to buy than standard units, but you may be able to offset the cost with a Government OLEV subsidy that only applies to smart units, which means in many cases, a smart unit works out cheaper than a standard wall unit.
Where to Install an Electric Car Home Charger
If you live in a detached, semi-detached, or end of terrace house, you’ll need a driveway, garage, or other off-street parking space close to your home for the installation. The charging cable cannot obstruct a public pavement or road.
Can anyone install an EV Charger?
Only qualified electricians with installer certification are legally permitted to fit an EV home charger.
Electric Car Charger Installation Cost
The cost of an EV charger depends on the charging speed and any smart features you require. A lower-end basic 3kW charger costs around £120—a faster 7kW unit costs in the region of £300. Smart charging units with remote smartphone control will set you back between £500 and £1,100, depending on the features.
A fitter will need to review your preferred location for the box and how close it is to the home’s electrical circuits. The installation may cost more if you want the charger placed far away from your fuse box. In some cases, the wiring may need upgrading, adding to the cost.
What Are Untethered And Tethered Chargers
When researching home EV chargers, you will see untethered and tethered charger options. These terms refer to the type of cable connected to the box. A tethered charger has a permanently attached cable with a Type 1 or Type 2 connector, which is the ideal charger if your home has a single EV, as all you need to do is park the car and plug it in.
An untethered unit uses the charging cable supplied with the car, which you plug into the charger at one end and into the EV at the other. This model is more adaptable as you can swap between Type 1 and Type 2 cables if, for example, you have two different EVs with different connectors.
The Benefits of a Home EV Charging Installation
Buying an electric vehicle is an excellent decision. EVs have so many benefits compared to petrol and diesel-run vehicles. They are great for the environment, economical to run, and require less maintenance due to their super-efficient electric motors.
As the EV industry grows, more public charging stations are installed in petrol stations and other key locations. But the best way to charge an EV is to have a charging unit at home. Let’s Look at the benefits:
>> It Saves Time And Money
After covering the installation cost, electric charging costs are cheaper at home than paying at public charging stations. Not relying on public chargers saves you queueing to charge your EV and hanging around until the charge is complete. Over a year, this can add up to countless wasted hours, time you will never get back. At home, you simply plug the EV into the charger and get on with want you want to do. Home chargers provide plenty of charge for daily use, so you will only need to visit a public charging station when going on a long trip.
>> It Increases Battery Life
The battery of an EV is like that of a smartphone. Over time, it deteriorates. Continuous usage and charging reduce a battery’s ability to retain power. To slow down the battery deterioration, it is advised to maintain it almost full rather than let it run right down and then fully power it up. Having a home EV charger is perfect for retaining this charge level as much as possible.
>> It Raises The Value Of Your Property
As more people turn to electric cars, homebuyers who have an EV will prefer a house with an installed EV charger. An EV charger is a plus when appraising a home’s value if you are selling your home. It makes the house future-proof, especially with increased awareness of the benefits of owning EVs.
>> It’s Very Practical
Most home EV chargers are compatible with many different EV cars. This helps because if your household acquires an additional EV from another manufacturer, there is no need to install a brand-specific charging unit. Both cars can take turns charging at home.
About Our Company
Tarven Limited provides top-of-the-line electric vehicle charging units from many brands, including Zappi, Anderson, Tesla, Wallbox, and many more. We offer high-quality installations to homeowners throughout the South East. Our goal as a company is to supply chargers for EV owners at affordable prices to help decrease the harmful impact of petrol and diesel cars on the environment while helping our customers live more convenient lives.
Our professional team consists of licensed electricians with extensive training and experience. We can manage any EV charging station installation safely and professionally.
Contact us, or click on the WhatsApp icon on the bottom right of this page if you have any questions about our electric vehicle chargers or services. We guarantee your satisfaction with our work and the units we provide.