Electric Vehicle Charger Installation Costs

This guide provides details about the costs, requirements, and considerations for residential or home EV charger installations in the UK.

Why choose to install an EV charger at home? With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles in the UK, having a home charging station offers unparalleled convenience and efficiency.

Types of Home EV Chargers

Slow Chargers: These chargers can be plugged into a standard UK household electrical outlet (230V). They are the slowest, typically adding about 4-6 miles of range per hour of charging and suitable for overnight charging.

Fast Chargers: These require a higher power output (typically up to 7.4 kW in the UK) and can be installed in your home’s electrical system. They are faster, offering about 25-30 miles of range per hour. 7.4kW is ideal and works best for a typical UK home.

What are the Requirements for Home EV Charger Installation?

Assessing Electrical Capacity

Home Electrical System: Ensure your home’s electrical system can handle the additional load of a Level 2 charger. Homes with outdated electrical systems may need extra updates to accommodate the high demands of an EV charger.

Circuit Breaker: A dedicated circuit breaker may be necessary to support the charger’s power requirements.

Choosing the Right Location

Proximity to Vehicle: The charger should be installed where your EV is parked, ideally in a driveway or garage. In some cases, the distribution board may need upgrading or additional work to accommodate the EV charger, especially if it is outdated or lacks the necessary capacity.

Cable Length: Consider the length of the charging cable to ensure it can easily reach your vehicle. The farther the charger is from the distribution board, the more cabling is required. Longer cable runs mean higher material costs and potentially more complex installation work.

What charger should I go for?

EV owners should also weigh the choice between acquiring a tethered or universal charge point, as well as determining the appropriate charging rate for their electric vehicle before installation. Universal (non tethered) chargers comes without a cable and connect to all EVs, whereas the tethered chargers come with a fixed cable.

Electric vehicles have either Type 1 or Type 2 connectors (your vehicle will most likely be Type 2 but double-check this if you’re not sure!). It’s important to note that most homes in the UK are equipped with single-phase power, limiting the maximum charging rate to 7kW.

You can opt for an even faster charger, capable of delivering up to 22kW, but it’s worth noting that very few cars can accept a 22kW charge from an AC source, like a domestic wall charger.

Many home chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) offer features and functionalities that necessitate a Wi-Fi connection for access. While opting for Wi-Fi-enabled chargers is not mandatory, the smart features they provide can offer significant benefits such as remote access, energy monitoring and even remote diagnostics.

What is the Average Cost to Install an EV Charger at Home?

On average, installing a Level 2 home EV charger in the UK can cost anywhere from £800 to £1,200. This price range includes both the cost of the charger and installation fees. However, prices can vary significantly based on the specific circumstances of the installation such as those mentioned above).

As an example, a 3.6 kW charger, which takes about 19 hours for a full battery charge, may cost around £800, including installation. A 7 kW charger, with a 10-hour charging time, could cost £1,000 with installation whereas a 22 kW charger, which can fully charge a battery in approximately 3 hours, is estimated to cost £1,200 and above, including installation.

If you’re looking to install an EV charger at home with fitting included, you can get an instant fixed price here.

Can I Charge My Electric Car Through A Regular Plug Socket at Home?

While you can charge your electric car using a regular household socket, it’s not without its drawbacks and potential risks.

Charging from a standard socket can take significantly longer, often up to 24 hours for a medium-sized battery (40-50 kWh). Additionally, due to the high charging currents and continuous load, there’s a risk of overheating the socket and cables, which can lead to fire damage!

Does the UK Government Offer any Incentives for EV Charger Installations?

As of March 2024, electric vehicle owners in the UK can apply for a grant under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to assist with the installation of a home charging point. This grant is particularly targeted at homeowners living in flats and people in rented accommodation. If eligible, the grant subsidises 75% of the cost of buying and installing a home recharging station, up to a maximum of £350 (including VAT).

Scottish residents can further receive up to £400 towards the cost of purchasing and installing a home charge point for electric vehicles. This funding is managed by the Energy Saving Trust and is intended to support the adoption of EVs by making home charging more accessible and affordable.

The latest update to the EV Chargepoint Grant, effective from March 19 2024, expands eligibility to individuals who may not have off-street parking but can access adequate street parking. This extension is significant as it now includes residents without a driveway but who can obtain council permission for a cross-pavement charging solution, such as a cable gully. Like the EVHS, this grant offers up to 75% off the cost of purchasing and installing a wall box home charger, with a cap at £350. Initially, the grant was limited to those residing in flats, rented properties, or homes with off-street parking. Check if you’re eligible here.

It’s important to research the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to potentially reduce installation costs.

As of June 15, 2022, new regulations in England require that all new homes and buildings be fitted with electric vehicle (EV) charging points. This mandate is part of the UK government’s efforts to achieve zero emissions by 2050.

What are the Running Costs of EV Chargers at Home?

There are two main running costs – maintenance and electricity costs. Home EV chargers generally require minimal maintenance, but regular checks are recommended. The cost to charge your EV will depend on your electricity tariff and the vehicle’s efficiency.

The primary factor affecting the running cost of an EV charger at home is the cost of electricity, which can vary significantly depending on your location, your energy provider, and the tariff you’re on. In the UK, electricity is typically charged per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The electricity rate could be around 14p to 28p per kWh, but this can fluctuate with energy market changes.

Here’s a detailed article on electric vehicle costs.

Is it Worth Getting a Home EV Charger Installed?

Yes, installing an electric car charger at home is often considered a worthwhile investment for EV owners. The primary benefit is convenience; having a home charging station means you can charge your EV overnight, ensuring a full battery each morning without needing to visit public charging stations. Home charging can be more cost-effective in the long run as many energy companies offer lower rates for electricity used during off-peak hours, which can significantly reduce the cost of charging an EV compared to using public chargers.

Public charging stations typically charge a higher rate, around £0.75 per kWh compared to home charging, especially if you can take advantage of off-peak rates, which can be as low as 9p per kWh, with the average being around 25 pence per kWh. To fully charge a 60kWh EV battery, the cost at a public charging station would be approximately £45, while charging at home could cost as little as £5.70 during off-peak times, or around £15 at the average rate.

If you’d like to know more about this or would like to book a free consultation, you can go to our EV charger installation page.

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