So, you’ve decided to switch to more carbon-free driving solutions? This is not just a simple task. Though all drivers should consider buying electric vehicles to help the environment, first, you should think about when and where you will charge your car. Though EV charging points are slowly becoming increasingly more popular, with this year outperforming diesel stations, is there enough charge points to meet demand? Instead, some EV drivers are having an EV Charging Point Installation done in their own homes.
But, how safe is this decision? Find out what factors you should consider before installation is booked.
Can I Install My Own EV Charging Point?
No, don’t try to install an EV charger yourself unless you’re a qualified electrician with experience doing so. Always work with a licenced and competent installation. Although it can cost more upfront, doing this is necessary to ensure that your own EV charging point is installed properly, safely, and in accordance with all laws.
In addition, certain EV charging stations’ warranties will expire if they are not installed by a licenced electrician, so don’t take the chance of you wanting a home charging point. So, if you are wanting a home EV charging point, make sure to hire a professional to avoid any future issues.
Your EV charging stations should be placed in an area with a reliable GPRS (data) connection. Stations ought to be accessible, with parking obtainable from a variety of directions. When designing the installation, keep in mind that station charging cables are typically 4-5 metres long. A reasonable height for installation for wall-mounted devices is about 120 cm.
For certain EV drivers, this can lead to difficulties. Not every homeowner will have enough space to charge their vehicle, or enough on-street parking to set up a point. These charging stations require a decent connection to the charging infrastructure network, which can be disrupted if the location is not right.
A building’s electrical infrastructure typically doesn’t need to be altered in order to add one EV charging point. Certain adjustments may well be required if numerous stations are being built. A qualified electrician can carry out the electrical assessment in this situation and create a procedure plan.
However, this is also the main disadvantage of installing your own EV charging point at home. Home charge-points can overrun the local grid and cause power outbreaks in your area. Which won’t go down well with your neighbours. This will only increase if they also have home charge points that they use overnight. Consider alternative charging solutions for your electric vehicle.
Elite Electric Vehicle Charge
Elite EV Charge provides temporary and permanent charging solutions for vehicles all over the UK. We advocate the use of a portable EV charging point to help lower the planet’s carbon footprint.
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