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Specialist Electric Car Chargers
We are Electric Car Chargers installers in Berkshire who have installed thousands of electric car chargers throughout the UK.
With installers based in Berkshire we can offer competitive prices and in January 2022 are able to get costs to you very quickly.
Electric cars are great in January 2022. They are energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and often a much more practical option than a traditional petrol-driven vehicle, particularly with new UK government regulations coming in in the next few years to block the construction of new petrol vehicles.
These low emission vehicles can even be surprisingly affordable! But, if you are wondering about electric cars, you are going to need to know how to charge an electric car. After all, there is no use having an electric car if you can’t charge it!
Below, we are going to look into how to set up a charger like pod point boxes for plug-in cars so you can charge them from the comfort of your own home or business. The world of electric car chargers can be confusing, but we are here to help you make sense of it.
Having your own electric charging station gives you maximum control for your vehicle and means you will not need to park your car away from home just to charge it. We will walk you through all of the things you need to know about pod point chargers or any other models below – you can’t just assume that you can plug your electric car into a standard mains socket to charge!
We offer a number of great Electric Car Charger installation services in Berkshire and are more than happy in assisting you on anything from price, to dimensions, to specification.
While you do not strictly need an electric car charger to charge your electric car, it is highly recommended. Publicly accessible charging stations are still not particularly widespread across the UK, and charging the batteries on your vehicle can be difficult if you do not have your own power source available for charging, such as a pod point wallbox.
While not all Electric Car Chargers in Hampshire will help you charge your car while travelling in Berkshire, there are models available with mobile application too. Public chargers are rare, so it is important to make sure you keep an eye on the accessibility of charge for your car when travelling!
Many modern chargers now also have app support, so you can simply check the app when out of your home to see how your car charging is going. With an app, you will never be caught short of power in a crisis!
The bad news is that you can’t install a wall charger on your own. Only a qualified technician can install vehicle chargers, and you should not attempt home installation tasks like this as DIY projects, as any errors could lead to invalidating the warranty on your expensive vehicle.
The good news is that most electric car charger systems come with home installation included in the standard cost of the charge point, so you are not going to have to pay more for the installation. There is no hidden cost here – a professional installation is part of the charger installation package, so you do not need to worry about the cost of power charger installation for your charge point.
The process of getting an electric car charger installed in your home is a relatively straightforward one, with only a few simple steps involved before you can get power to your electric car. For a wallbox charger, the first step will be choosing the charger you need.
Select the right charger for EV charging your particular model of car, and add that to your cart along with an installation package.
Once you have chosen and purchased the power charger you need, the wallbox team should contact you within the next 48 hours to arrange an installation visit. Once that has been sorted out, a professional, certified installer can visit at a time convenient for you, and connect up your pod point network charger for easy, safe access.
In short: no. There are two different standard connectors for charging an electric vehicle, or “ev” at home. This can be confusing, as many of them are the same, but unfortunately, not all electric vehicle models use exactly the same type of charger plug.
Most modern EV models use a “type 2” charger. This is the most common shape by some distance, as it has been mandated by the EU since 2014 that all plug-in car models must use a type 2 charge socket.
Some older models of EV use the older type 1 socket, but these are increasingly rare, as type 2 has been a requirement on all new cars for several years now. Type 1 to type 2 converters are available, so you should be able to use the same cable for all electric cars if you have got access to a converter.
If you would like to receive even more information on Electric Car Charger installation services in Berkshire, make sure you get in touch with us today!
While you absolutely can plug your EV into a regular mains outlet, you probably do not want to. If you are using a regular 2.4kW three-pin plug wall socket, it might look convenient, but your charging rate is going to be painfully slow.
Depending on the car, charging with a standard three-pin plug socket rather than dedicated charge points means that it will take 35 to 40 hours to charge your vehicle’s battery for most cars – that is a whole working weeks’ worth of hours and the associated energy cost!
A proper EV charging home charger in Berkshire will cut down on that charging time massively and comes with a number of other advantages beyond that rapid charge.
If you are trying to charge from a mains socket, you will need to run a cable out to your car in the street, which is far from ideal – that sort of thing is why EV owners are often seen as a joke! That is less of a problem if you have access to off-street parking for car charging, but it is still worth considering when choosing chargers.
There is no single best electric car charging point out there for all vehicles, as there are a lot of variables to bear in mind. In general, you are looking for a home charging point that mounts to your wall, otherwise known as a “wallbox”. Within that, though, there are several different things you will need to consider in order to make a decision.
There are two main types of wallbox chargers: tethered and untethered. An untethered unit has no integrated cable, which means you will need to plug in a cable every time you want to use it. However, the advantage of this type is that it lets you easily switch between type 1 and type 2 leads.
Tethered wallbox charger units have a power lead attached to the charging unit, which means that you can just plug your car straight in without having to deal with the hassle of finding cables. However, the integrated cable means that you can’t easily switch between type 1 and type 2 leads (although this is unlikely to be that much of an issue for most EV drivers).
This is the difficult question, as there can be a big difference in power level between different EV chargers. In general, you can choose anywhere up to 7.4kW for a standard UK home or business, but the levels below that maximum threshold vary a lot in terms of price and charge speed.
You can go for a cheaper charger with a lower power level, such as chargers of around 3.6kW, but this will take a long time to charge your car. Higher power levels will lead to many times faster charging but come with a price tag to match!
It is possible to buy a premium charger with rates of up to 22kW, but very few customers will ever get a charging rate worth those costs from a home charge system. A domestic wall charger connected to the UK grid just can’t put out all that much power, even if your car is eligible for higher rates of energy transfer in Berkshire.
At Electric Car Chargers, we can assist you on the best specifications, costs and prices. Make sure you contact us today for a number of great Electric Car Charger installation services in Berkshire Berkshire.
If your car is eligible for a higher AC charge, such as 11 or 22 kW, then you could, in theory, speed up your charging times significantly. This is not a straightforward process, though, no matter what the car manufacturers like to claim.
The way that this all works is that electricity to your home is supplied through either a single-phase or a three-phase electricity supply. A single-phase network has one live wire through which energy travels, while a three-phase network has three. You could, in theory, connect something to all three live wires for faster charging, but it is not that simple.
You may have heard that most of the UK are hooked up to a three-phase network. That claim is entirely true, but it does not quite tell the whole story. The network might be three-phase, but most homes are actually only connected to one of those three wires. So while the network itself is three-phase, your home connection is only a single phase, no matter how you approach installation methods.
With the help of the electric vehicle homecharge scheme (EVHS), which all our chargers are eligible for, an EV home charger can be surprisingly affordable. The costs are not tiny, but this is a worthwhile investment, and extras like app support or a monitor can make a big difference.
A small, simple charger from a reliable company such as Pod Point will usually start at the cost of around £500 or £300 with the support of the EVHS if it is eligible for that discount.
Larger, more complex options, with a monitor or wi-fi app support, will come at higher costs, more like £1000 or £700 with the EVHS discount. If you are setting up charge points for your business, then it is worth focusing on more expensive, durable options, as business charge points will take more wear and tear than home ones.
Electric cars are a great option, or even a plug-in hybrid if you do not want to commit completely. But until the UK charging network is a bit better developed, a home charger that connects to something like the pod point network is an essential accessory for any electric vehicle. It is more convenient and offers much faster charging and better energy efficiency and the installation process is actually very straightforward once you have chosen your charger.
If you have got any questions about EV charging solutions such as pod point, do not hesitate to get in touch – we are always happy to help people get their electric vehicles properly and safely connected!
Are you a business owner? Do you own a car park for your staff or customers? Then why not take advantage of our free Charger Installation Scheme.
We will pay for our charging units and also cover the costs of the installation of the units so you pay nothing.
We are OZEV Authorised Installer and we can claim up to a maximum of 40 x EV Charging units through the Government WCS Schemes, this allows us to get the units installed and help future proof your company.
Make sure you contact us today for a number of great Electric Car Charger services in South East.
Here are some towns we cover near Berkshire.Reading, Caversham, New Town, Southcote, Earley
We absolutely love the service provided. Their approach is really friendly but professional. We went out to five different companies and found Electric Car Chargers to be value for money and their service was by far the best. Thank you for your really awesome work, we will definitely be returning!Julian Moore
We have used Electric Car Chargers for many years as they are certainly the best in the UK. The attention to detail and professional setup is what makes this company our go-to company for all our work. I highly recommend the team for the immense work - we highly recommend them!Roger Wilkins
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