Why do I need to install an electric car charger in my garage or driveway?

In less than 10 years the UK will be banning the sale of petrol fueled cars and we will have to turn to zero or low carbon emission alternatives such as electric, electric hybrid or hydrogen power. Hydrogen power is not really in the game yet so it looks like electric power will be the power of choice, initially at least. Having an EV charging point at your home will be more convenient than using a charging station, they are also getting smarter with your electricity bills, so they will also be cheaper too. Car manufacturers are investing heavily in electric power and charging stations are popping up everywhere and there are government incentives for you to both buy an electric vehicle and install an EV charging point on your driveway or in the garage.

EV charging lead cost

Why can’t I use a standard plug socket?

Uk plug sockets are not really designed for heavy power loads over night and an electric charger point is 50% quicker and possibly more. So if you do own or are thinking about owning an electric vehicle, a charging point is a no brainer to homeowners with a driveway or garage. Added to that are the risks of fire if your old wiring is not up to the task, so the cost of getting an electric charging point will seem like money well spent compared to your house burning down.

Can I get an OZEV (OLEV) grant to cover the cost of an EV charging point?

If you are thinking about buying or leasing an electric vehicle and you want the government's Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to cover up to 75% of the EV charger installation costs, then you had better hurry up! The OZEV EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homeowners Scheme) grant scheme is only available to homeowners until April 2022. After that you will have to foot the bill yourself. The maximum grant you can receive is £350 which is not going to cover the cost of a 7kW unit fitted by an OZEV authorised electrician, but it helps.

Anyway, in 5 years time, any household without a charging point will seem a bit dated. So even if you have to pay for it yourself and you miss the cut off date for the grant, just think how much more convenient it is to charge the car on your driveway than at a charging station.

Finding an OZEV installer is easy, just use HaMuch to get a quote from electricians in your area. Expect to pay between £200 and £400 depending on the complexity of the installation and the area you live in.

Electric car charging point cost

What is the best EV charger to buy?

There are a few options out there for you depending on your circumstances. It is a situation that is going to evolve and the cheapest option starts with a 3.6kW unit (around 6-8 hours to fully charge) but that might not be your best or most cost effective solution. 7kW gives you a faster charge of around 2-4 hours, but 22kW charging is the future. Unfortunately not all cars are equipped for 22kW charging so make sure your car is set up before you install. 3 phase chargers can charge at different loads but tend to be more expensive. Single phase solutions are the cheaper option and can charge at 7kW.

You can either get your charger tethered (with the cable attached) or untethered. This is a personal choice and depends on what is more convenient for you. There are two types of cable, type 1 and type 2 and car manufacturers switch between the two depending on the modal and the battery capacity. Best to check which type your vehicle is before making any purchase, although there are converters available if you need to swap.

Type 1 Charger

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • Citroen
  • Ford
  • Mitsubishi
  • KIA
  • Nissan Leaf (2012-2017)
  • Peugeot
  • Renault Zoe
  • Toyota Prius
  • Vauxhall

Type 2 Charger

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Hyundai
  • Jaguar
  • KIA
  • Ranger Rover
  • Renault
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Mini
  • Nissan Leaf 2018
  • Porsche
  • Smart
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

Smart Chargers

Smart charging using an app and wifi connection will allow you to hook up to the grid when tariffs are low and also connect to your solar panel installations. The Government is keen on smart chargers for this reason and to get the grant you will need an OZEV certified charger and an OZEV installer to fit it. The smart charger manufacturers list is growing and they include companies like Zappi, Juicebox, Ohme, Wallbox, Pod point and Anderson. This is where there will be growth as the market matures and the cost of the charger can be offset by how clever it is in reducing your electricity bill by intelligently charging your car.

How much does an electric vehicle charging point cost?

If you can get the OZEV grant you can get a smart charger fitted for under £1000 depending on the manufacturer. The installation fee will probably cost between £200 - £400 depending on the power rating and complexity of the installation and the units can be picked up from around £500.

List of electric chargers and cost price online 17/01/2022
Manufacturer Power Rating Price*
Andersen A2 3 Phase EV Charger 3.6kW / 7kW / 22Kw £1,135.00
Zappi V2 3 Phase Type 2 Tethered EV Charger 3.6kW / 7kW / 22Kw £790.00
Hypervolt Home 2.0 EV Charger 7.0 kW £679.00
Pod Point Mode 3 Type 2 Tethered Solo Smart EV Charger 7.0 kW £650.00
Ohme EV Wall Charger Mode 3 Tethered 7.2kW £607.50
Schneider EVLink Wallbox Tethered 7.4kW £599.50
Project EV Electric Vehicle Charger 7.3kW £375.56

So, if you are on a budget, you can buy a Project EV charger for £375.56 and if you manage to find an OZEV authorised electrician to fit a standard installation for £250 then you will pay around £625. Then with the government grant of £350 you could pay as little as £275 in total and have a smart charger with a 7.3kW power rating.

Smart charging not only allows you to connect and monitor your charging vehicle with a phone app, but can also be used to charge at low tariff times so you save on your electricity bill. The major difference between a home and public charger is the time it takes to charge your vehicle and the cost. Home charging currently costs half the price of charging using a public charger but takes probably 3 times as long to achieve full charge. In the future this may change but for now you can fully charge your vehicle for as little as £3 for a small vehicle with a 32kW battery.


Estimates for common electrician jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to rewire a house or flat £6250
Cost to replace a consumer unit £400
Cost to do a PAT test £60
Cost to install solar panels £7500
Cost to installing an electric shower £450
Cost to install downlights in a room £440
Cost to install CCTV cameras £740
Cost to install a bathroom extractor fan £240
Cost to fit an new plug socket £180
Cost to install an electric vehicle charger £400
Cost of an EICR test £150
Cost to install of a cooker hood £350
Repair of a cooker hood £150

Rates for other trades

EV Charger Installation cost in the UK
EV Charger Installation cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKEV Charger Installation cost
EV Charger Installation near Aberdeen£357
EV Charger Installation near Amber Valley£313
EV Charger Installation near Angus£300
EV Charger Installation near Arun£319
EV Charger Installation near Ashfield£313
EV Charger Installation near Aylesbury Vale£348
EV Charger Installation near Barnsley£328
EV Charger Installation near Basildon£361
EV Charger Installation near Basingstoke & Deane£357
EV Charger Installation near Bassetlaw£344
EV Charger Installation near Bath & North East Somerset£344
EV Charger Installation near Bedford£363
EV Charger Installation near Belfast£266
EV Charger Installation near Birmingham£320
EV Charger Installation near Blackburn£323
EV Charger Installation near Blackpool£322
EV Charger Installation near Bolton£321
EV Charger Installation near Bournemouth£335
EV Charger Installation near Bracknell Forest£368
EV Charger Installation near Bradford£329
EV Charger Installation near Braintree£344
EV Charger Installation near Breckland£340
EV Charger Installation near Bridgend£318
EV Charger Installation near Brighton£328
EV Charger Installation near Bristol£338
EV Charger Installation near Broadland£360
EV Charger Installation near Broxtowe£313
EV Charger Installation near Bury£319
EV Charger Installation near Caerphilly£306
EV Charger Installation near Calderdale£319
EV Charger Installation near Cambridge£345
EV Charger Installation near Canterbury£329
EV Charger Installation near Cardiff£309
EV Charger Installation near Carmarthenshire£311
EV Charger Installation near Charnwood£314
EV Charger Installation near Chelmsford£359
EV Charger Installation near Cheltenham£353
EV Charger Installation near Cherwell£335
EV Charger Installation near Chester£309
EV Charger Installation near Colchester£338
EV Charger Installation near Conway£452
EV Charger Installation near Coventry£337
EV Charger Installation near Crewe & Nantwich£320
EV Charger Installation near Dacorum£354
EV Charger Installation near Derby£311
EV Charger Installation near Doncaster£327
EV Charger Installation near Dover£316
EV Charger Installation near Dudley£320
EV Charger Installation near Dumfries & Galloway£332
EV Charger Installation near Dundee£347
EV Charger Installation near East Ayrshire£322
EV Charger Installation near East Devon£323
EV Charger Installation near East Dunbartonshire£360
EV Charger Installation near East Hampshire£343
EV Charger Installation near East Hertfordshire£349
EV Charger Installation near East Lindsey£250
EV Charger Installation near East Riding£303
EV Charger Installation near Eastleigh£357
EV Charger Installation near Edinburgh£344
EV Charger Installation near Elmbridge£375
EV Charger Installation near Epping Forest£366
EV Charger Installation near Erewash£313
EV Charger Installation near Exeter£318
EV Charger Installation near Falkirk£354
EV Charger Installation near Fife£312
EV Charger Installation near Flintshire£310
EV Charger Installation near Gateshead£327
EV Charger Installation near Gedling£311
EV Charger Installation near Glasgow£351
EV Charger Installation near Gloucester£332
EV Charger Installation near Guildford£369
EV Charger Installation near Gwynedd£323
EV Charger Installation near Halton£317
EV Charger Installation near Harrogate£321
EV Charger Installation near Havant & Waterloo£352
EV Charger Installation near Horsham£346
EV Charger Installation near Huntingdonshire£335
EV Charger Installation near Ipswich£335
EV Charger Installation near Isle of Wight£349
EV Charger Installation near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£337
EV Charger Installation near Kingston-upon-Hull£301
EV Charger Installation near Kirklees£319
EV Charger Installation near Knowsley£318
EV Charger Installation near Lancaster£343
EV Charger Installation near Leeds£333
EV Charger Installation near Leicester£332
EV Charger Installation near Lisburn£269
EV Charger Installation near Liverpool£318
EV Charger Installation near London£369
EV Charger Installation near Luton£351
EV Charger Installation near Macclesfield£317
EV Charger Installation near Maidstone£351
EV Charger Installation near Manchester£319
EV Charger Installation near Mid Bedfordshire£352
EV Charger Installation near Mid Sussex£341
EV Charger Installation near Middlesbrough£330
EV Charger Installation near Milton Keynes£348
EV Charger Installation near Neath Port Talbot£317
EV Charger Installation near New Forest£345
EV Charger Installation near Newbury£359
EV Charger Installation near Newcastle-under-Lyme£300
EV Charger Installation near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£325
EV Charger Installation near Newport£310
EV Charger Installation near North Ayrshire£348
EV Charger Installation near North East Lincolnshire£317
EV Charger Installation near North Hertfordshire£351
EV Charger Installation near North Lanarkshire£353
EV Charger Installation near North Lincolnshire£325
EV Charger Installation near North Somerset£334
EV Charger Installation near North Tyneside£325
EV Charger Installation near North Wiltshire£366
EV Charger Installation near Northampton£353
EV Charger Installation near Norwich£359
EV Charger Installation near Nottingham£311
EV Charger Installation near Nuneaton & Bedworth£344
EV Charger Installation near Oldham£319
EV Charger Installation near Oxford£340
EV Charger Installation near Pembrokeshire£296
EV Charger Installation near Perth & Kinross£345
EV Charger Installation near Peterborough£328
EV Charger Installation near Plymouth£328
EV Charger Installation near Poole£337
EV Charger Installation near Portsmouth£349
EV Charger Installation near Powys£335
EV Charger Installation near Preston£318
EV Charger Installation near Reading£354
EV Charger Installation near Redcar & Cleveland£343
EV Charger Installation near Reigate & Banstead£373
EV Charger Installation near Renfrewshire£358
EV Charger Installation near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£316
EV Charger Installation near Rochdale£322
EV Charger Installation near Rotherham£314
EV Charger Installation near Salford£319
EV Charger Installation near Salisbury£331
EV Charger Installation near Sandwell£321
EV Charger Installation near Scarborough£322
EV Charger Installation near Sefton£322
EV Charger Installation near Sevenoaks£354
EV Charger Installation near Sheffield£313
EV Charger Installation near Slough£364
EV Charger Installation near Solihull£327
EV Charger Installation near South Ayrshire£343
EV Charger Installation near South Bedfordshire£363
EV Charger Installation near South Cambridgeshire£342
EV Charger Installation near South Gloucestershire£342
EV Charger Installation near South Kesteven£331
EV Charger Installation near South Lanarkshire£335
EV Charger Installation near South Oxfordshire£341
EV Charger Installation near South Somerset£317
EV Charger Installation near South Tyneside£324
EV Charger Installation near Southampton£356
EV Charger Installation near Southend-on-Sea£353
EV Charger Installation near St Albans£355
EV Charger Installation near St Helens£312
EV Charger Installation near Stafford£311
EV Charger Installation near Stockport£319
EV Charger Installation near Stockton-on-Tees£329
EV Charger Installation near Stoke-on-Trent£304
EV Charger Installation near Stratford-on-Avon£331
EV Charger Installation near Stroud£328
EV Charger Installation near Suffolk Coastal£342
EV Charger Installation near Sunderland£326
EV Charger Installation near Swale£345
EV Charger Installation near Swansea£312
EV Charger Installation near Tameside£319
EV Charger Installation near Teignbridge£311
EV Charger Installation near Tendring£329
EV Charger Installation near Test Valley£341
EV Charger Installation near Thamesdown£357
EV Charger Installation near Thanet£320
EV Charger Installation near The Wrekin£301
EV Charger Installation near Thurrock£358
EV Charger Installation near Torbay£320
EV Charger Installation near Trafford£324
EV Charger Installation near Vale of Glamorgan£321
EV Charger Installation near Vale of White Horse£338
EV Charger Installation near Vale Royal£318
EV Charger Installation near Wakefield£327
EV Charger Installation near Walsall£319
EV Charger Installation near Warrington£321
EV Charger Installation near Warwick£339
EV Charger Installation near Waveney£359
EV Charger Installation near Waverley£369
EV Charger Installation near Wealden£344
EV Charger Installation near West Lancashire£314
EV Charger Installation near West Lothian£345
EV Charger Installation near West Wiltshire£366
EV Charger Installation near Wigan£311
EV Charger Installation near Windsor & Maidenhead£365
EV Charger Installation near Wirral£323
EV Charger Installation near Wokingham£364
EV Charger Installation near Wolverhampton£317
EV Charger Installation near Wrexham Maelor£308
EV Charger Installation near Wychavon£333
EV Charger Installation near Wycombe£350
EV Charger Installation near York£320