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We are Napit Registered Electrical Vehicle Charging Experts.

We are specialist EV charge point installers and have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of installing in domestic and commercial. We ensure our customers get a smooth installation experience. We offer competitive pricing for EV charging points and fit the highest standard.

The Government’s Office approves us for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to Install EV Chargers for All Types of Electric Cars. The OLEV Grant scheme allows you to get up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing an electric car charger. You can claim one charging point per vehicle and up to 2 per house.

Please speak to us for more information on this.

We are approved installers for Rolec, Hypervolt, PodPoint.

Rolec EV

Rolec EV makes a wide range of home chargers designed to suit customers with subtly different needs. For example, its Wall-Pod: EV Ready device contains just a standard, three-pin socket, but the company says it’s easy to upgrade to a fast charger, making it ideal for drivers who might not be fully on board with the idea of going electric just yet.

Rolec EV’s main product is the WallPod: EV HomeSmart. The firm claims that its starting price is the cheapest home charger eligible for the OLEV grant. In addition, the unit contains a SIM card, so users can operate it remotely using the EV.energy app, free to download.


Hypervolt

Hypervolt is now one of the best-selling EV chargers. It is a British-made tethered charger, and we’ve been impressed by the lengths the manufacturers have gone to create a product that meets what people are looking for in an EV charging system. It gets a huge thumbs up from us thanks to an exceptional customer service team, glowing customer reviews and a commitment from the techies at Hypervolt to frequently update the partner app and software.

It has the most extended guarantee (for a small optional fee) of five years, as well as free lifetime operating system updates and PEN fault detection built-in. Unfortunately, it only comes with a 5m cable, but longer ones up to 10m are available.

Hypervolt is compatible with all well-known brands
In rare instances, the charger may develop a fault, but for 95% of all cases, an engineer can rectify the fault remotely. The Hypervolt can also integrate into your smart home Alexa system.

Pod Point

Pod Point provides a range of EV chargers and accessories for homes and commercial properties. Compatible with all leading car brands, including Tesla, Audi and BMW, Pod Point EV chargers benefit from the latest technology and are Wifi-enabled, allowing them to be controlled and monitored via the Pod Point App. For more information on Pod Point’s products, visit the company’s website at www.pod-point.com.

 

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March 2022

A Guide to Installing an Electric Car Charger at Home

By |March 28th, 2022|

Electric vehicles are becoming a very real option for many people as the available range of cars and their performance increases. Along with the warm feeling of doing your bit for the environment, there’s also no road tax or congestion charges to pay, and you’re entitled to free parking in numerous Pay & Display areas. Maintenance costs are generally a lot lower with electric vehicles too, as they have a fraction of the moving parts a traditional engine has. But the best bit has to be avoiding the steeply rising cost of petrol and diesel.

An electric vehicle is powered by a battery. This means there’s no engine burning fossil fuels, cutting an estimated 2 to 3 tonnes of carbon emissions per car per year. Hybrid cars, that use both a petrol or diesel engine and a rechargeable battery, still have lower carbon footprints than normal cars, despite the increased emissions created during their production.

How will I charge my electric car?

Before you make the decision to buy an electric vehicle, one thing you need to be clear on is how you’re going to charge it. The term ‘range anxiety’ has been coined to describe the fear of running out of power without being able to find a charging station, and is said to be experienced by around 50% of potential electric car drivers.

In reality, there are three main ways to charge your car: a charging station, where points are set up for communal use; on-street charging, using a point your local council has paid to install for residents; and installing a charger at your home.

What are the options for charging my electric car at home?

The easiest solution for charging your car is installing an electric vehicle charge point at home. But you can only do this if you own the property, or have permission from the landlord, plus you must have off-street parking as trailing a cable across the pavement poses a genuine tripping hazard for pedestrians.

You could charge your electric vehicle via a regular 13A socket in your home, but it takes up to 3 times as long compared to a purpose-fit charge point. By installing a dedicated charger at home, you’ll be able to charge your car much more quickly and efficiently, with less chance of overloading your circuits.

BS7671 Wiring Regulations state that a charge point must be installed on a new, dedicated circuit, and it must be individually protected by an RCD (type A).

Which electric car charger is right for me?

There are a few things to consider when choosing your charger:

  • Power: 7kW is the most common power, but you can also get 3kW and 22kW.
  • Cost: According to the RAC, the average charger costs around £800 to install – but you could be eligible for a grant from the government worth up to £500 towards installation, available until April 2022.
  • Cable: You’ll need to decide if you want a tethered charger (with a cable) or an untethered one (without a cable). Tethered is less fussy, but untethered has the bonus of being able to connect to pretty much any electric car.
  • Design: Your charger will be visible on the outside of your house, so it’s important to choose something that looks good and isn’t an eyesore.
  • Go smart: Consider installing a smart electric car charger, as they can help you work out the cheapest, most energy-efficient times to charge your car.

How much will it cost to charge my car at home?

The cost will depend on the car you have. Vehicles with smaller batteries, and therefore shorter ranges, will be much cheaper to charge than those with big batteries that can travel for hundreds of kilometres without recharging.

The cost will also depend on what electricity tariff you are on. Most manufacturers recommend you switch to an Economy 7 tariff, meaning you pay much less for electricity during the night, which is when most of us would be charging our cars.

But as a rough estimate, Which? states the average driver will use between £450 and £750 a year of additional electricity charging their electric car.

Where to install my home charger and how long will it take?

Electric vehicle chargers are usually installed on an exterior wall in your driveway, or an interior wall in your garage, so they can connect to the mains electricity, while also being close to where you park your car. It takes 2-3 hours on average, but more complicated installations will take a bit longer.

Who can install a home charger for me?

We can! Get in touch via our contact form on www.heatelec.uk for a free quote.

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