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19 Apr

What Does Electric Vehicle Charging Installation Cost?

by Simon Thompson
 

In this article, we will take a look at everything you need to know about electric vehicle charging, including how to charge an electric vehicle and how much does an electric vehicle charging installation cost?

Charging an electric vehicle at home

If you want to charge an electric vehicle at home then you need to have a home charging point installed, so that you can hook your electric vehicle up to it when you park it. If you don’t have a charging point installed yet, you can use an EVSE supply cable connected to a 3-pin plug socket as a backup occasionally.

Most electric vehicle owners choose to have a home charging point installed as it has built-in safety features, and is a much faster way to charge the car. A home charger tends to be a weatherproof unit that is mounted to a wall and features a connected charging cable or a socket for plugging in a portable charging cable.

Electric vehicles have either Type 1 or Type 2 connectors, so you will need to make sure you choose the right home charger which is compatible with the type of connector you have on your vehicle.

Cost of installing an electric vehicle charger

When it comes to electric car charger installation cost UK, this normally starts from around £449 – if you take advantage of the UK Government’s OLEV grant. If you are an electric vehicle driver you could be eligible for a £350 OLEV grant towards purchasing and installing an electric car charger at your home.

Once you have installed your electric car charger, you then only need to pay for the electricity you use to charge the car – which will vary depending on your supplier. It is good to know, though, that the average cost of driving an electric car is between 2p and 5p per mile, which means you could save around £1000 a year more than petrol or diesel car drivers.

How fast can you charge your electric vehicle at home?

Charging speed for electric vehicles is measured in kilowatts per hour (kWh). Most home charging points offer you charging speeds of between 3.7 kWh and 7 kWh giving you between 15 and 30 miles of range per hour of charge. However, the maximum charging speed may be limited by your vehicle’s onboard charger, so it won’t matter if you have a 7-kWh charger if your car only allows a 3.7 kWh charge.

If you are interested in an electric vehicle smart charging consultation, then please get in touch with the D-ENERGi team as we can not only help you with electric vehicle charging but also make sure your energy tariff is the lowest it can be too.