By Emily Rivers
Last updated 18th July 2022

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.

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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 2023. 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 an electrician to fit a charger 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.

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What is the best EV charger to buy?

There are a few options out there on the best EV chargers 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 17/01/2023
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.


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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£362
EV Charger Installation near Amber Valley£315
EV Charger Installation near Angus£323
EV Charger Installation near Arun£327
EV Charger Installation near Ashfield£317
EV Charger Installation near Aylesbury Vale£355
EV Charger Installation near Barnsley£331
EV Charger Installation near Basildon£363
EV Charger Installation near Basingstoke & Deane£362
EV Charger Installation near Bassetlaw£341
EV Charger Installation near Bath & North East Somerset£350
EV Charger Installation near Bedford£357
EV Charger Installation near Belfast£279
EV Charger Installation near Birmingham£327
EV Charger Installation near Blackburn£322
EV Charger Installation near Blackpool£337
EV Charger Installation near Bolton£323
EV Charger Installation near Bournemouth£338
EV Charger Installation near Bracknell Forest£372
EV Charger Installation near Bradford£328
EV Charger Installation near Braintree£347
EV Charger Installation near Breckland£348
EV Charger Installation near Bridgend£316
EV Charger Installation near Brighton£334
EV Charger Installation near Bristol£343
EV Charger Installation near Broadland£360
EV Charger Installation near Broxtowe£318
EV Charger Installation near Bury£323
EV Charger Installation near Caerphilly£311
EV Charger Installation near Calderdale£322
EV Charger Installation near Cambridge£350
EV Charger Installation near Canterbury£329
EV Charger Installation near Cardiff£314
EV Charger Installation near Carmarthenshire£313
EV Charger Installation near Charnwood£326
EV Charger Installation near Chelmsford£360
EV Charger Installation near Cheltenham£347
EV Charger Installation near Cherwell£350
EV Charger Installation near Chester£319
EV Charger Installation near Colchester£339
EV Charger Installation near Conway£407
EV Charger Installation near Coventry£331
EV Charger Installation near Crewe & Nantwich£307
EV Charger Installation near Dacorum£362
EV Charger Installation near Derby£314
EV Charger Installation near Doncaster£342
EV Charger Installation near Dover£321
EV Charger Installation near Dudley£325
EV Charger Installation near Dumfries & Galloway£332
EV Charger Installation near Dundee£351
EV Charger Installation near East Ayrshire£334
EV Charger Installation near East Devon£323
EV Charger Installation near East Dunbartonshire£367
EV Charger Installation near East Hampshire£350
EV Charger Installation near East Hertfordshire£361
EV Charger Installation near East Lindsey£290
EV Charger Installation near East Riding£322
EV Charger Installation near Eastleigh£356
EV Charger Installation near Edinburgh£344
EV Charger Installation near Elmbridge£376
EV Charger Installation near Epping Forest£373
EV Charger Installation near Erewash£317
EV Charger Installation near Exeter£321
EV Charger Installation near Falkirk£356
EV Charger Installation near Fife£328
EV Charger Installation near Flintshire£318
EV Charger Installation near Gateshead£330
EV Charger Installation near Gedling£318
EV Charger Installation near Glasgow£364
EV Charger Installation near Gloucester£337
EV Charger Installation near Guildford£372
EV Charger Installation near Gwynedd£345
EV Charger Installation near Halton£321
EV Charger Installation near Harrogate£325
EV Charger Installation near Havant & Waterloo£351
EV Charger Installation near Horsham£355
EV Charger Installation near Huntingdonshire£351
EV Charger Installation near Ipswich£334
EV Charger Installation near Isle of Wight£351
EV Charger Installation near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£338
EV Charger Installation near Kingston-upon-Hull£321
EV Charger Installation near Kirklees£322
EV Charger Installation near Knowsley£324
EV Charger Installation near Lancaster£328
EV Charger Installation near Leeds£331
EV Charger Installation near Leicester£336
EV Charger Installation near Lisburn£279
EV Charger Installation near Liverpool£325
EV Charger Installation near London£374
EV Charger Installation near Luton£359
EV Charger Installation near Macclesfield£324
EV Charger Installation near Maidstone£356
EV Charger Installation near Manchester£323
EV Charger Installation near Mid Bedfordshire£355
EV Charger Installation near Mid Sussex£349
EV Charger Installation near Middlesbrough£332
EV Charger Installation near Milton Keynes£353
EV Charger Installation near Neath Port Talbot£320
EV Charger Installation near New Forest£350
EV Charger Installation near Newbury£361
EV Charger Installation near Newcastle-under-Lyme£308
EV Charger Installation near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£329
EV Charger Installation near Newport£315
EV Charger Installation near North Ayrshire£352
EV Charger Installation near North East Lincolnshire£314
EV Charger Installation near North Hertfordshire£357
EV Charger Installation near North Lanarkshire£365
EV Charger Installation near North Lincolnshire£333
EV Charger Installation near North Somerset£341
EV Charger Installation near North Tyneside£329
EV Charger Installation near North Wiltshire£361
EV Charger Installation near Northampton£356
EV Charger Installation near Norwich£361
EV Charger Installation near Nottingham£317
EV Charger Installation near Nuneaton & Bedworth£333
EV Charger Installation near Oldham£322
EV Charger Installation near Oxford£351
EV Charger Installation near Pembrokeshire£297
EV Charger Installation near Perth & Kinross£344
EV Charger Installation near Peterborough£349
EV Charger Installation near Plymouth£328
EV Charger Installation near Poole£340
EV Charger Installation near Portsmouth£352
EV Charger Installation near Powys£318
EV Charger Installation near Preston£331
EV Charger Installation near Reading£364
EV Charger Installation near Redcar & Cleveland£340
EV Charger Installation near Reigate & Banstead£376
EV Charger Installation near Renfrewshire£364
EV Charger Installation near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£316
EV Charger Installation near Rochdale£324
EV Charger Installation near Rotherham£323
EV Charger Installation near Salford£323
EV Charger Installation near Salisbury£334
EV Charger Installation near Sandwell£327
EV Charger Installation near Scarborough£325
EV Charger Installation near Sefton£327
EV Charger Installation near Sevenoaks£364
EV Charger Installation near Sheffield£320
EV Charger Installation near Slough£370
EV Charger Installation near Solihull£329
EV Charger Installation near South Ayrshire£348
EV Charger Installation near South Bedfordshire£357
EV Charger Installation near South Cambridgeshire£352
EV Charger Installation near South Gloucestershire£347
EV Charger Installation near South Kesteven£331
EV Charger Installation near South Lanarkshire£355
EV Charger Installation near South Oxfordshire£354
EV Charger Installation near South Somerset£325
EV Charger Installation near South Tyneside£329
EV Charger Installation near Southampton£356
EV Charger Installation near Southend-on-Sea£355
EV Charger Installation near St Albans£364
EV Charger Installation near St Helens£319
EV Charger Installation near Stafford£324
EV Charger Installation near Stockport£324
EV Charger Installation near Stockton-on-Tees£331
EV Charger Installation near Stoke-on-Trent£309
EV Charger Installation near Stratford-on-Avon£334
EV Charger Installation near Stroud£337
EV Charger Installation near Suffolk Coastal£337
EV Charger Installation near Sunderland£330
EV Charger Installation near Swale£346
EV Charger Installation near Swansea£319
EV Charger Installation near Tameside£325
EV Charger Installation near Teignbridge£315
EV Charger Installation near Tendring£333
EV Charger Installation near Test Valley£347
EV Charger Installation near Thamesdown£360
EV Charger Installation near Thanet£323
EV Charger Installation near The Wrekin£307
EV Charger Installation near Thurrock£364
EV Charger Installation near Torbay£320
EV Charger Installation near Trafford£322
EV Charger Installation near Vale of Glamorgan£316
EV Charger Installation near Vale of White Horse£346
EV Charger Installation near Vale Royal£321
EV Charger Installation near Wakefield£329
EV Charger Installation near Walsall£326
EV Charger Installation near Warrington£316
EV Charger Installation near Warwick£335
EV Charger Installation near Waveney£355
EV Charger Installation near Waverley£370
EV Charger Installation near Wealden£351
EV Charger Installation near West Lancashire£324
EV Charger Installation near West Lothian£341
EV Charger Installation near West Wiltshire£361
EV Charger Installation near Wigan£317
EV Charger Installation near Windsor & Maidenhead£371
EV Charger Installation near Wirral£329
EV Charger Installation near Wokingham£369
EV Charger Installation near Wolverhampton£326
EV Charger Installation near Wrexham Maelor£314
EV Charger Installation near Wychavon£334
EV Charger Installation near Wycombe£361
EV Charger Installation near York£328