✔ The best company is Electricity Online (EO)
✔ An electric vehicle charger can save you hundreds of pounds per year
✔ The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme can get you £350 off a charger
There are countless companies which supply electric vehicle home chargers, but there are only a handful which deserve your investment.
We’ve judged companies on a wide array of attributes, and EO has topped our rankings.
Read on to find out why, and remember: you can currently use the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to get £350 off the cost of a home charging point.
Fill in this form to see how much one would cost you.
The Best 5 Companies for EV Charging Points
Before we jump into each company’s advantages and drawbacks, let’s explain how we arrived at our conclusions.
We based our decision on the extent to which a company’s products are easy to use, technologically advanced, value for money, aesthetically pleasing, built for a range of models, and eco-friendly – as well as each firm’s level of customer service.
We’ve rated companies out of five for these metrics, then turned these ratings into an overall percentage score.
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EO deserves its win after achieving full marks in our Tech, Appearance, and Eco-friendly categories, and scoring highly in almost every category.
The company has made an effort to develop innovations which are kind to the planet and your pocket, and it shows.
Its latest model, the Mini Pro 2, can be paired with the Octopus Go tariff, which allows you to charge your car for just 5p/kWh (the average is 14.4p/kWh) between 12:30am and 4:30am.
The Mini Pro 2 also balances charging against your home’s energy usage, to make sure your circuits aren’t overwhelmed, and if you have solar panels, you can ensure you’re powering your car in an eco-friendly fashion.
As with all the best companies, EO allows you to schedule your charging sessions in advance, to ensure that you’re getting the cheapest energy.
You can also use remote locking and unlocking, to make sure no-one uses your charger without permission.
And if you want your charger to effortlessly blend in, this is the one for you. It doesn’t require an earth rod, has a tiny area of 219cm², and comes in subtle shades of white, silver, and black, as well as peppy EO blue.
The only place it falls down slightly is its range. It can power almost all electric vehicles, but only offers 7kW charging. However, that’s a perfectly good speed for overnight charging, so it’ll suit the great majority of you.
And with the EVHS grant, you’ll typically pay just £595 including installation, which isn’t the cheapest on the list – but it’s close.
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This London-based company makes incredibly stylish machines that offer 96 colour combinations – try customising it here, and tell me it doesn’t look great.
You can opt for a stainless steel finish, or one of four eco-friendly wood options, and your charging wire will be completely hidden in the aesthetically pleasing box.
The main reason Andersen didn’t come top of this list is the price of their chargers – £1,395 is an eye-watering figure, even after the £350 EVHS reduction.
But if you can afford one, their models connect to wifi, can be locked and unlocked remotely, and show you a variety of useful information.
You can instantly see the cost of each charge, monitor your energy usage, schedule charges, and even use solar energy to charge your vehicle.
The A2 charger is type 2, so it charges a large majority of electric cars, and can work at all domestic speeds, from slow 3.6kW to fast 7kW, 11kW, and 22kW. There’s no need for an earth rod, and it comes with a three-year warranty.
Andersen also received our best customer service rating, and it was deserved. It scores 4.3 out of 5 on Trustpilot, and has replied to every negative review it’s received.
You can email, call, or live chat with an Andersen representative during business hours, and they’re very friendly.
This is an excellent, eco-friendly company that makes stylish products which cover all possibilities. You couldn’t ask for more – except a price reduction.
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Technologically, Ohme is on another level to most charging companies. Its Wall Charger uses mobile data (3G/4G) instead of wifi, which means its connection is generally more reliable – and don’t worry about the cost; Ohme pays the charges.
Ohme also offers Type 1 and 2 connector options, and syncs up with your electricity tariff to use energy when it’s cheapest. Just let it know how many miles you want to charge, and when, and it’ll do the rest for you.
Ohme promises that “when used with a dynamic time-of-use tariff, savings of £300 per year are readily achievable.”
If you pair your Ohme machine with Octopus’s agile tariff, you can get paid to use electricity when electricity supply is bigger than demand.
And with the EVHS grant, you could pay as little as £500 for Ohme’s top machine, including installation. The Wall Charger is sleek, subtle, and small, with an area of just 213cm². It also looks like a futuristic cabinet, which isn’t the worst design.
It only comes with a 7kW charging speed, but since that’s the only charging speed most people use at home, it probably won’t be a drawback for you.
This is a cost-conscious, technologically advanced company that’s made innovations which benefit the customer. It’s well worth a look, especially for that price.
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Myenergi’s main model, the Zappi V2, came top in our rankings of the best home chargers – and for good reason.
With the EVHS grant, you can get a £345 machine which charges at 7kW or 22kW, and has three cutting-edge charging modes: Fast, Eco, and Eco+.
Eco+ uses surplus solar or wind energy to charge your vehicle, Eco adjusts its energy usage to your home – so it doesn’t overload the system, or charge when it costs you the most – and Fast does exactly what it says on the tin.
This kind of flexibility is priceless for the eco-conscious customer who occasionally needs an urgent charge. The Zappi V2 also logs all your charges and other events, can be programmed to charge for a set time, and can be locked with a PIN.
It doesn’t require an unsightly earth rod, though unfortunately, it’s not particularly attractive. It looks a bit too much like a urinal – or a nightclub urinal, if you get the black-lined model.
But even if it’s not particularly stylish, it is excellent value for money – and Myenergi has a fantastic reputation for customer service, with a 4.5 Trustpilot rating.
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Tesla makes incredible products, from its efforts in solar energy to electric vehicles with incredible range – but its charging units are technologically limited and aesthetically mediocre.
First, the positives. Though Tesla’s Wall Connector doesn’t qualify for an EVHS grant, the company has priced it at a competitive £460.
The machine is also pretty intuitive, and you can set it to start and finish charging from wherever you are. It also comes with a 22kW charging speed along with the standard 7kW, though most homes don’t have the capability for 22kW.
Unfortunately, that’s where the innovative features stop, and the less attractive qualities start.
The charger was clearly built to seem futuristic, but with its cable spooling messily, it ends up looking like a cross between the egg from Alien and the titular character from Predator.
Tesla also has a 1.9 rating on Trustpilot, which is damningly low, and can only charge a limited number of non-Tesla cars.
If you’re considering the Tesla Wall Connector, ask a specialist if it’ll work for your vehicle – but in general, the company doesn’t seem to have put much effort into its charging offering.
You’re now completely prepared to decide which electric vehicle charging company you want to go with.
EO came out on top, but any of these firms will allow you to power your futuristic car in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago.
Getting a home charger could save you thousands over the lifetime of your electric car. If you’re tempted, fill in this form to see how much it would cost you.