Electric vehicle owners are often concerned about how they’ll keep their vehicles charged. Although there has been an increase in public EV charge point installation in the UK, potentially spending hours at a charging station is just not practical.
To incentivise citizens to switch to electric vehicles by 2030, the government has introduced different funding options, such as the Electric Vehicle Home Charging Scheme (EVHS). To take advantage of these grants, electric vehicle owners must meet a set of strict requirements, influencing the type of charging unit they choose and their choice of the EV charger installers.
But despite these funding options, some homeowners are still tempted to have a go at EV charge point installation themselves. But that is a dangerous and potentially reckless idea. So let’s take a look at why a professional EV installation company should always install your charging point.
What are the Dangers of DIY EV Charge Point Installation?
EV charge point installation costs several hundred pounds. The average EV charge point installation can cost you around £800 before grants are taken into account. These costs are then paid back over time in reduced charging costs compared to public EV charge points.
That said, the cost issue tempts a few individuals to attempt EV charge point installations themselves. Unfortunately, this could end up costing you more in the long run and could cause potential safety issues for you and your family. Let’s take a quick look at why this is the case.
EV Charge Point Installers Find the Best Location for Your EV Charger
When installing an EV charger, you’ll need to find the right location for your EV unit, and you may even need to get permission from your local authority. If the unit is 1.6 meters high or over 0.2 cubic meters in volume, you will have to get permission from your local authority. This process is better left in the capable hand of experienced professionals.
When a professional OLEV-approved installation company installs your EV charging unit, they will inspect your property to ensure that the installation is possible in the first place. Next, they will determine the appropriate site for the EV charge point.
Even professional EV charge point installation companies have to work through several checks when choosing the best location for a home EV charger. Better still, they’ll find a solution that doesn’t require permission from local authorities (excluding exceptional circumstances).
DIY EV Charge Point Installation is Dangerous
A DIY installation can also put your (and your family’s) safety at risk. EV charge points are usually installed by qualified electrical engineers who have experience dealing with the specific intricacies associated with EV charge points. Even experienced electricians might not have the expertise to put in a wallbox EV charger.
As is the case with all electrical appliances, you can’t afford to get it wrong. You could cause widespread circuit shorting, or worse, in the form of an electrical fire.
Why Choose Applegarth as Your EV Charge Point Installer?
The EV charger installer you choose is as vital as the EV unit you choose. Choosing an unqualified EV charge point installer or attempting it yourself can put your property, safety, and family at risk. It will also jeopardise your chances of qualifying for a government grant.
The EVHS grant can cover up to £350 of your EV charge point installation. But the grant will only cover the installation of your smart EV unit if it has been installed by an OLEV approved EV installer.
Applegarth is an OLEV-approved installation company that has over 15 years of experience in renewable energy installations. We have been providing high-quality EV installations to residential and commercial clients.
As a professional outfit, we can provide safe installation and essential grant support. We are the approved installation company for many EV manufacturers and can help you choose the right EV charger for your property.
If you are looking for a hassle-free EV installation, call us on 0151 649 8350 or email us at email@example.com, and one of our expert team members will get you started with an obligation-free consultation.