If you are looking to switch to an electric vehicle (EV), or already have an EV, you have probably considered the possibility of charging your electric vehicle at home.
The cost of installing a car charging point at home is sometimes seen as a barrier that prevents many people from owning an electric car.
If you are considering getting an electric car charger, home installation might not be as expensive as you think. In fact, charging an electric car at home is often pretty simple, straightforward and cost-effective.
Why install an electric car charger at home?
With a dedicated home chargepoint, EV owners can charge their vehicles without having to leave the house, providing the ultimate convenience. This makes home charging the favoured option, with over 90% of EV owners choosing to install an electric charger at home.
Cost of installing a car charging point
Your chargepoint installation cost will often depend on a number of factors. Installation costs will vary depending on the installer you choose, your selection of EV charger model, and your eligibility for funding.
The base cost of installing an electric car charging point at home can range from around £1000 depending on your choice of model.
Additionally, there are several government grants available from The Office of Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) that contribute up to £350 off your EV charger installation costs. This includes the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).
It is important to note that the OZEV grant rules change from the 31st of March 2022, so make sure to check if you are still eligible before calculating your costs.
Type of charger
The main factor that will affect the cost of your charger installation will be the type of charger you choose to have installed. Most chargers come with a type 1 or type 2 connector, so it’ll be important to know which is compatible with your car before going ahead with the installation.
EV chargers have a range of different speeds that will affect the cost of installing your car charging point. Slower speeds range from 3kW to 6kW. Faster speeds range from 7kW to 22kW.
Initial costs can also vary depending on whether your charger is tethered or untethered, as tethered charging units include the price of the cable.
Chargers also have a range of varying smart features that will affect the cost of installation. If you are looking to keep installation costs lower, perhaps choose a more basic charger that offers a simple plug-in-and-go solution.
More mid-range chargers will offer smart charging features. These are often only slightly more expensive to install and come with a variety of cost-saving features, such as scheduled charging, energy usage optimisation and solar compatibility.
Charger models can vary in installation cost, here are a range of the UK’s most popular models:
|Charger||Power output||Installation cost*|
|Project EV Pro Earth||7.3kW||From £1145|
|Wallbox Pulsar Plus||7.4kW||From £1195|
|Ohme Home Pro||7.4kW||From £1095|
|EO Mini Pro 2||7.2kW||From £1295|
|INDRA Smart Pro||7.4kW||From £1295|
|Hypervolt Home 2.0||7.4kW||From £1245|
|Easee One||7.4kW||From £1195|
|ZAPPI – 207UB||7kW||From £1295|
|Andersen A2||7kW or 22kW||From £1595|
*Displayed EV charger installation costs do not include the £350 OZEV grant deduction.
As well as one-off chargepoint installation costs, it’s important to consider how much it costs to charge an electric car in the long run.
When considering the cost of installing an electric car charging point at home, it’s also important to consider whether you require any additional infrastructure that could increase your total expense. For instance, your home may require:
- A new fuse box – if your home’s fuse box is not able to adjust to the additional electricity usage, you may need to update it.
- A new isolator switch – similarly, you may require an updated isolator switch to adjust to the increased energy consumption.
- A driveway – if you do not have a driveway, you will require one in order to install a home charging unit.
- Lighting and security – electric cars are often expensive, you might want to consider extra measures such as lighting and gating to protect your vehicle.
Can I charge my car through a domestic plug socket?
It is possible to charge an electric car through a regular home plug socket, however this is not recommended. Charging your car through a regular plug socket will save on installation costs, since you will not require a home charge point installation.
However, charging your car through a regular plug socket will end up more expensive long term. EV charging speeds through a 3-pin plug are significantly slower than the speeds offered by a home EV charger. This will put a significant strain on your home’s electric circuit and impact the cost of your electricity bill.
Charging your car through a regular 3 pin plug can take an entire 24 hours or more for some vehicles, so it is best to only ever charge your car using a regular plug as a backup option.
Get a chargepoint installation cost quote
The easiest way to calculate the cost of your EV charger installation is to get a free, no-obligation quote from an accredited installer, like Joltify.
We offer installation quotes for your choice of up to 3 electric car chargers. If you need some help choosing, check out the best home EV chargers, or speak to an expert at Joltify. All we’ll need is a few simple details such as your postcode and vehicle model. Simply get in touch with us online to get started. Alternatively, call us on 0208 064 1974 or email us at email@example.com