Essex Charger is a provider of Electric Vehicle charging equipment for both residential and commercial properties in the Essex and London areas, including supply and installation services.
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The EV chargepoint grant offers financial assistance of up to 75% for the installation of electric vehicle smart chargepoints at homes in the UK, starting from April 1, 2022, replacing the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).
Is it possible to charge an electric car using a standard household outlet?
While it is technically possible to charge an electric car using a standard household outlet, it is not recommended due to the long charging times required. A typical 2.4kW three-pin wall socket can take over 35 hours to fully charge a car. A wall box charger, on the other hand, can significantly reduce charging time.
Do I Require A Smart Charger?
Smart electric vehicle (EV) chargers are charging stations that can be controlled and monitored remotely, typically through a smartphone app. These chargers allow you to monitor your car’s charging status and schedule charge times. This can be particularly beneficial if you have an electricity tariff with varying rates, such as Economy 7, where electricity is less expensive during certain hours. You can set your charger to charge your car during those low-cost hours. However, it is worth noting that smart chargers are generally more expensive than regular chargers.
Do I Need An Untethered Or Tethered Charger?
The choice between an untethered or tethered charger is yours. The main difference is that an untethered charger does not have an attached power lead, which means that you will need to plug it in every time you want to charge. On the other hand, it allows you to switch out the lead, such as from Type 1 to Type 2. A tethered charger, on the other hand, has a power lead that is already attached to the charging unit. It is more convenient as it means you can simply pull up and plug in, without having to retrieve the charging lead from your car’s trunk.
Is it possible to receive financial assistance in the form of a grant to cover the cost of installing a home charger?
In the UK, there is a grant called the EV chargepoint grant which can cover up to 75% of the cost of installing smart charging stations for electric vehicles at residential properties. This grant replaced the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) starting April 1st, 2022.
What Is V2G (Vehicle To Grid)?
Vehicle to grid technology is a sophisticated way to manage power and could play a vital role in the future of electric cars. Energy supplier Ovo Energy is currently conducting a trial of this technology. If you are registered for the trial, you can use an app on your phone to set a charging schedule. For example, you can set a minimum charge level you need your car to be at and by what time. For example, you can come home at 6pm and set the minimum charge level of your car to 80% by 7am the next morning.
During the night, your car will be charged when the demand on the network is low, and when the energy from renewable sources is more likely to be fed into the grid. However, when the demand on the grid is high, the charger can take power from your car, power your home and sell any excess energy back to the grid, helping to manage the UK power network and earning you money. Your app will tell you how much money you have made from this. The trial will run for two years and Ovo Energy estimates that people could save up to £305 on energy bills.
what is the cost of installing a charger for an electric vehicle?
Without any financial assistance, the cost to purchase and install a high-quality wallbox charger typically ranges from £800 to £1,550. The cost variation is mainly due to the amount of power the charger can provide, with more powerful chargers resulting in faster charging times. The most affordable chargers are 3.6kW, while 22kW chargers are the most expensive. A 22kW charger may be excessive for most people’s needs and power supply at home, but it may be a good option for future-proofing if you have a three-phase connection. Some wall-boxes also come with the option of a longer cable, which also adds to the cost.
For most homes, we recommend 7kW chargers, which cost around £800 to £1,050 to purchase and install. Over time, you will earn back this cost through the savings on fuel for your car.
Is there a standard plug for all electric vehicles?
There are two types of connectors for charging an electric car at home: Type 1 and Type 2. The most common connector is the Type 2, as it was mandated by the EU that all plug-in cars manufactured from 2014 must have a Type 2 socket. However, there are some cars that have the older, differently shaped Type 1 socket, such as the Mitsubishi PHEV, but these are rare. If you have a Type 1 car, you can purchase a Type 1 to Type 2 converter.
What Wall Charger Power Should I Buy?
The power level of a wall charger is an important consideration. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. A popular choice for a typical UK home is up to 7.4kW. To save money on the charger, you could opt for a lower power rate, such as 3.6kW, but it will take longer to charge your car. It is possible to have an even faster charger, up to 22kW, but very few cars can actually receive a 22kW charge from an AC source like a domestic wall charger. Even if your car is capable of rapid charging at 100kW or higher, it is the special DC charging rate, not the car’s AC charging rate.
Is there a way to speed up the charging process?
It is possible to speed up charging times if your car can receive an AC charge of 11 or 22kW, however, this requires a three-phase connection, which is unlikely to be present in your home.
Electricity supply in the UK is either single phase or three-phase. A single phase network has one live wire while a three-phase network has three live wires, which can provide a faster power supply if connected to all three.
The majority of the UK is served by a three-phase network, but most homes are only connected to one of the three live wires, resulting in a single-phase connection, despite it being a three-phase network.
How To determine If You Have A Three-Phase Connection?
It is unlikely that you will be able to determine if you have a three-phase connection on your own. However, according to UK Power Networks, the organization that maintains electricity networks in the UK, you can check your connection by looking at your fuse box. If you have one 100 amp fuse, it means that you have a single-phase connection, while three such fuses indicate a three-phase connection.
The fact that the three-phase network is prevalent across the UK, it opens up the possibility of upgrading a single-phase connection to a three-phase connection. If you desire a higher rate of power, you can inquire about the possibility of upgrading by speaking to your energy supplier.
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As an independent company, we are not bound to any specific brand and can find the best solution that fits your requirements without any biases.
We have a vast experience in installing EV charging points for both domestic and commercial customers throughout the UK, with thousands of successful installations.
We ensure the highest level of safety standards are met in all our installations, providing you with a sense of security regarding compliance with health and safety regulations.