Advice and Information on Electric Car Charging Point Installations

Installing an electric charging point for your car or van can take around around 7 hours depending on the location of the consumer unit and final position of the charging point.

Below we have listed some helpful advice and information about installing electric charging points at your home or business. If you have any questions or concerns or just want an informal chat then please contact us and we will do our best to help.

The property will be checked on the first visit to confirm the consumer unit is able to incorporate another circuit which will need to be RCD protected and the earthing arrangements in your home are satisfactory.

The choice of charger required comes down to how quickly you require the vehicle to be charged.

SLOW CHARGING

A 13amp plug top will charge your vehicle slower then a dedicated 3KW circuit

On average a 16amp (3KW Charger) will charge a vehicle in around 6 to 8 hours, and reduce the charge time by around 60% compared to a 13amp plug top.

FAST CHARGING

A 32amp (7KW charger) will charge a vehicle in around 4 to 5 hours and is around 3 x times faster then a 13amp plug top.

The normal 13amp plug normally supplied will charge you vehicle but is not recommended due to the following reasons:

  • Over the coarse of time of using them the sockets which will carry the large electrical load of charging your vehicle can start showing signs of over heating.
  • The house earth system for this circuit may be faulty and may not be RCD protected if you where to charge the vehicle outside where an RCD is required for your safety.

The cost of charging, for example the Nissan Leaf, depending on your electrical supplier is on average 10.3 pence per kilo watt an hour or around £3.00 for a full charge.