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ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

  • Having completed over 100 installations in the last 12 months alone, our team are experts when it comes to installing Electric Vehicle Chargers. After a detailed electrical site survey to ensure that your electrical system is suitable for a new EV charger, our team will advise on the best solution for your home or office, helping you to navigate from the wide range of EV chargers available. 

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FAQs For Electric Vehicle Charging
Installation In The UK

How Can I Install An EV Charger At Home?

To get an EV charger installed at home, you can follow these steps:

  1. Determine what type of charger you need: EV chargers have varying charging speeds and features. Consider your vehicle’s charging capabilities and needs when choosing a charger.
  2. Choose a location for the charger: Select an area that is convenient for charging and meets any installation requirements.
  3. Check with a licensed electrician or installer: EV chargers require dedicated electrical circuits and may require upgrades to your electrical panel. A licensed electrician can assess your electrical system and recommend any necessary upgrades.
  4. Purchase the charger and schedule installation: Once you have determined the type of charger you need and the installation requirements, purchase the charger and schedule installation with a licensed electrician.
  5. Obtain any necessary permits: Depending on your location, you may need to obtain licenses before installing an EV charger. Check with your local government to see what permits are required.
  6. Install the charger: The licensed electrician will install the charger according to the manufacturer’s instructions and any local codes.
  7. Test the charger: Once the installation is complete, ensure it works properly.

By following these steps, you can install an EV charger at home and enjoy the convenience of charging your electric vehicle from the comfort of your home.

Do You Need Planning Permission For An EV Charging Point?

In the UK, you may need planning permission for an EV charging point depending on the location and type of installation. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Domestic Installations: If you are installing a charging point at a domestic property, planning permission is usually optional as long as the charger is installed within the boundaries of your property. However, planning permission may be required if your property is in a conservation area, a listed building, or a World Heritage Site.
  2. Commercial Installations: If you are installing a charging point at a commercial property, you may need planning permission depending on the location and size of the installation. Planning permission is optional if the charger is installed within an existing car park or garage. However, if the installation is large or requires significant changes to the property, planning permission may be required.
  3. Public Installations: Planning permission is usually required to install a charging point in a public location, such as a car park or on-street parking. You will need to obtain permission from the local authority and comply with any local planning policies.

It is important to note that these guidelines are general and may vary depending on the specific circumstances of your installation. It is recommended to consult with your local planning authority to determine whether planning permission is required for your installation.

Does A Domestic EV Charger Count As Permitted Development?

According to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended), Schedule 2, Part 2, Class D, planning permission is not necessary for installing a wall-mounted electric vehicle charging point, as long as the off-street parking area is legally used.

To qualify as permitted development, the charging point and its casing should not:

  • Exceed 0.2 cubic meters in volume
  • Face onto or be within two meters of a highway
  • Be located within a scheduled monument site
  • Be within the curtilage of a listed building.

Additional considerations may apply, so it is advisable to confirm with your local planning team before installing an EV charging point.

Can I Install My Own EV Charger UK?

It is possible to install your own EV charger in the UK. Still, it is recommended that the installation is carried out by a qualified electrician who has experience with EV charger installations. This is because EV chargers require specialised electrical work and installation procedures to ensure they are safe and meet UK regulations.

It is also important to note that some EV chargers may require a dedicated circuit, so your electrical panel may need to be upgraded to accommodate the new circuit. A qualified electrician can assess your electrical system and recommend any necessary upgrades.

If you decide to install the EV charger yourself, you should have the knowledge and skills to complete the installation safely and comply with UK regulations. It is essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and to obtain any required permits and approvals from your local authority.

In any case, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified electrician before attempting to install an EV charger yourself to ensure that the installation is done correctly and safely.

Can You Have 2 EV Chargers At Home UK?

Yes, it is possible to have two EV chargers at home in the UK, provided that your electrical system and circuit capacity can support the additional load.

However, it is essential to note that the electrical demand of two EV chargers may exceed the capacity of a standard home electrical system, which could result in electrical issues such as tripped breakers or voltage drops. As a result, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified electrician before installing multiple EV chargers to ensure that your electrical system can support the additional load.

Additionally, if you plan to install two EV chargers, consider a smart charging system that can balance the electrical load and efficiently distribute the available power to each charger. This can help prevent electrical issues and optimise the charging process for both EVs.

Overall, having two EV chargers at home in the UK is possible. Still, ensuring that your electrical system can support the additional load and that a qualified EV installer carries out the installation is essential.

Can I Charge An EV From A 13A Socket?

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) from a 13A socket is possible, but it is not recommended as a long-term solution.

In the UK, a standard 13A socket is not designed to handle the high electrical demand of an EV charger and may need to provide more power to charge the EV efficiently. Charging an EV from a 13A socket could also pose a safety risk if the socket is overloaded or if the electrical wiring is not up to the task.
In addition, some EV manufacturers advise against using a standard 13A socket for charging as it may not be covered under the vehicle’s warranty.

Suppose you charge your EV from a 13A socket. In that case, it is vital to use a dedicated EV charger adapter compatible with your vehicle and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. However, installing an actual EV charging point with a higher capacity and safety features for long-term EV charging at home or in the workplace is recommended.

What Power Supply Do I Need To Charge My Electric Car In The UK?

In the UK, the power supply you need to charge your electric car (EV) depends on the charger you are using and your vehicle’s battery capacity.

There are three types of EV chargers available:

  1. Slow chargers (up to 3.7 kW): These chargers typically use a standard 13A or a dedicated 16A or 32A socket and can take several hours to charge an EV battery fully.
  2. Fast chargers (7-22 kW): These chargers require a dedicated 32A or 63A socket and can charge an EV battery in a few hours.
  3. Rapid chargers (50 kW and above): These chargers require a three-phase power supply and can charge an EV battery to 80% in around 30 minutes.

In the UK, the standard domestic electricity supply is single-phase, with a voltage of 230V and a maximum current of 100A. For home charging, you will need a dedicated EV charging point that can provide a power output of at least 7 kW and is compatible with your vehicle.

It is also essential to ensure that your electrical system can support the additional load of an EV charger and that a qualified electrician carries out the installation. You may also need to notify your electricity supplier of the installation and consider upgrading your electrical system if necessary.

Overall, the power supply you need to charge your EV in the UK will depend on the charger you use and the electrical capacity of your home or workplace.

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