✔ It costs £700-£1,000 to buy and install an electric vehicle charger
✔ The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme can reduce this price by £350
✔ A charger can save you thousands of pounds
You’re ready to leap head-first into a better, greener future – one with cheap running costs and a clean conscience, without a reliance on expensive, polluting petrol.
To best achieve this goal, you want to install a home charging point.
This is a great idea. It’ll guarantee you clean energy that you can use whenever you want, at a significantly lower cost than public chargers – and we can tell you exactly how to get one.
Now is also the perfect time to get a home charger, as you can currently use the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to get £350 off the cost. Fill in this form to see how much a home charging point would cost you.
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How much does it cost to install an electric vehicle charging point?
It’ll typically cost you between £700 and £1,000 to buy and install an electric vehicle (EV) charging point – unless you apply for the EVHS grant, which can reduce the price by £350.
You can pay less for a charger, but it’ll likely be a slow, 3-4kW machine that won’t be able to charge your car overnight, and may need to be replaced if you get a new vehicle.
Buying a model capable of reaching 7kW – or higher – is the best way to efficiently charge your car, and the only way to future-proof your purchase, instead of having to get it uninstalled and replaced in a few years.
How to install an EV charging point
Your EV charging point should only be installed by a trained professional.
Doing it yourself could injure you, or worse – not to mention cost you a great deal, since one electrical accident could ruin your shiny new charger forever.
It’ll also cost you the chance to save £350 through the EVHS, since you’ll need a professional installer to claim the government grant on your behalf.
And your industry-standard three-year warranty almost certainly won’t be valid if you don’t recruit a professional to install the charger.
Very occasionally, it’s possible to install an EV charger by yourself, though we would still only recommend doing so if you’re a qualified electrician.
If you’re set on going down the DIY route, read the instructions carefully – and then consider once again whether doing it is worth voiding your warranty, missing out on a £350 government grant, and potentially harming yourself and your charger.
Are there any government grants for EV charging points?
There are two government grants which you can use to make your charging point more affordable, both of which are overseen by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
This is a government initiative that encourages more of the public to buy electric vehicles by subsidising 75% of the cost of buying and installing a home recharging station, up to £350 (including VAT).
You can even get a second chargepoint if your household has a second eligible electric vehicle.
The £350 figure is the key one here, as home chargers almost never cost less than £466 – the highest price point at which the government will cover 75% of your costs.
To qualify for this grant, you must be:
- Planning to use the charger on one of the 130 vehicles which currently qualify for the EVHS – make sure to check the eligible vehicles list
- The vehicle’s primary owner
- Able to prove you already have an eligible vehicle, or have purchased one that will be delivered within four months of the charger’s installation date
- The owner of off-street parking, like a driveway or garage
- Applying six weeks before the installation date
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)
The WCS helps organisations which want to provide a free charging option to staff members who drive electric vehicles.
If you’re eligible, the government can again cover 75% of your charging point costs, up to £350.
Apart from being targeted at businesses, the WCS differs from the EVHS in one other key way: the scheme will cover up to 40 chargers across your organisation’s sites.
To qualify for this grant, your organisation must be:
- Located in Britain (England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland)
- A registered charity, business, or in the public sector
- A public authority, or a group that’s received less than €200,000 (£180,800) of public support in the past three fiscal years
- Able to explain either your need for charging point/s, or your plan to encourage or order your staff to start driving electric vehicles
- Able to access dedicated off-street parking
- The owner of the property, or able to get permission from the owner/s for the installation of charging point/s
These grants make this the ideal moment to get a home charger – but it’s always worth it.
A home charger can save you hundreds of pounds per year compared to public charging, and will allow you to take full advantage of avoiding petrol cars, which cost three times as much to run.
And best of all, you’ll be in control of your own destiny. You’ll never have to worry about running out of power ever again.
Electric car charging points installation regulations
Make sure you or your professional installer stick to the official regulations, otherwise you’ll risk harming yourself or others.
You can read through them in the 18th edition of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Wiring Regulations, which came out in 2020.
It won’t do you any good for us to condense or simplify them, since they are meant to be studied in full, by a reader who has all the associated technical knowledge.
Make sure to also check the amendments page to see if any changes have been made to the regulations.
Can I install my own EV charging point?
You can, but unless you’re a qualified electrician, we recommend that you hire a professional – otherwise you’ll risk the charger not working, damaging your vehicle, and/or causing harm to you and others.
Arranging a professional installation will allow you to keep your three-year warranty, apply for the £350 EVHS government grant, and feel comforted by the knowledge that your charger is safe to use.
Do I need a permit to install an EV charger?
For wall-mounted chargers, government regulations state that you don’t need a planning permit if the area is legally used for off-street parking. However, there are requirements.
For the installation to be legal, the charger (including its casing) must not:
- Be larger than 0.2 cubic metres
- Face a highway and be within two metres of it
- Be in a scheduled monument
- Be in a listed building or the immediate surroundings
For standing chargers which are installed on the ground, the upstand and outlet must not:
- Be higher than 2.3 metres from the surface used for parking your vehicles – unless it’s installed in the area surrounding a dwelling house or block of flats, in which case the limit is 1.6 metres
- Be installed within two metres of a highway
- Be in a scheduled monument
- Be in a listed building or the immediate surroundings
- Lead to more than one upstand being provided for each parking space
In the unlikely event you ever get rid of your electric vehicle and no longer need a charger, government regulations compel you to remove the charging point “as soon as reasonably practicable”, and reinstate the wall or patch of ground to its previous condition.
Should I charge my electric car every night?
There’s no need to charge every night. Modern batteries can hold onto charge for long enough that you don’t need to worry about your car losing energy if you don’t drive it.
How often you do charge your vehicle depends on your model, your usage, and your charging point.
We recommend charging your car up to at least half of its capacity after you have your charger installed, then working out how much you use per week, and charging it by that amount on top.
All top-notch modern chargers are smart, meaning you can use an associated app to arrange charging schedules, so your vehicle will always be powered up when you need it to be.
How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?
If you have a 3-4kW charger (which is genuinely called a slow charger), it’ll charge your car to the tune of around 10 miles per hour.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf has a range of 168 miles, meaning it’ll take roughly 17 hours to reach full charge on a slow charger.
Of course, you don’t need your car to be fully charged to drive it, but if you’re a frequent driver, or if you (understandably) don’t want to leave your car charging for too long, you can get a 7kW charger, known as a fast charger.
This will give your car enough energy to go 25 miles for every hour it’s connected, allowing you to charge the 2019 Nissan Leaf in around six hours.
Almost every UK home will have to use either a slow or fast charger.
However, if you use a 50kW charging point (known as a rapid charger), it’ll take just 48 minutes to fully power up a 2019 Nissan Leaf.
A 100kw charger – called an ultra-rapid charger – will take just 24 minutes, approximately.
These last two charger types are generally only found at public charging locations, and can cost considerably more to use than home chargers.
You’re ready. You’ve read through this article, and can now easily arrange for a home charging point installation.
Never again will you have to worry about where your next charge is coming from.
And what’s more, home charging is cheaper than public chargers, more convenient, and currently available at a discount, thanks to the EVHS.
If you’d like to get up to £350 off the cost of your charger and installation, fill in this form to see how much a home charging point would cost you.