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Whether you’re brand new to electric vehicle way of life or a seasoned pro, we make getting an EV charger installation easy.
Choose the right EV charger for you
How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?
A home EV charging point can help dramatically reduce the cost to charge an electric car. This is because smart home EV chargers give you the ability to schedule a charge when the electricity price is cheaper.
What do we mean by cheaper electricity price? EV drivers are able to access EV friendly tariffs, which offer much lower prices (usually overnight) helping to reduce charging costs. In fact, you could recoup the cost of home charger installation in around 18 months with the savings alone.
Discover how much it will cost to charge an electric vehicle with our handy Switch and Save tool.
Compare the best home EV tariffs, as well as public charging point costs.
when you combine one of our smart chargers with an EV-friendly tariff.
New to electric vehicles and EV charging? Start here.
How quickly can you install my EV charger?
Typical lead times from point of payment are 1-4 weeks. Lead times will vary from region to region and, of course, how busy we are in your area at the time.
While there are some elements out of our control, such as the DNO Notification, which can delay your installation, you can help speed up the installation process by:
Completing your home charging survey quickly
Most of our customers get an Instant Quote without needing to do the Online Site Survey first, but you’ll need to do one before your installation can be booked so we can gather some crucial information and confirm any other requirements. The sooner you complete your survey, the better!
How much does it cost to install an electric car charger at home?
It’s best to budget upwards of £800 for the charger plus installation. Select Request a Quote on your preferred charger to get an Instant Quote.
Learn more in our INSTALLATION COST GUIDE
Which EV charging point should I choose?
It ultimately comes down to personal preference (and budget!). But we have some useful guides and tips below which might help your decision:
- CHECK OUT OUR EV CHARGER REVIEWS
We have written and video reviews on all our chargers after extensive testing by our editorial team.
- SEE WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS SAY
On each product page, you’ll find scores and comments from customers who have already purchased that product. See what they have to say.
- READ OUR CUSTOMER STORIES
We have a range of in-depth testimonials from customers who discuss their EV journey, including which car and charger they chose and why.
- HOW TO CHOOSE A CHARGER GUIDE
Tips on what to look out for in an EV charger.
- BEST HOME EV CHARGERS GUIDE
A round-up of the best electric vehicle charger products.
Yes! Head over to our Compare Chargers tool for snapshot view.
Many customers will not need any upgrades to their electricity supply before having an EV charger installed.
All installers are however required to notify the local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) of any EV charger installations, who will advise you and us if an upgrade to your property’s main fuse is necessary.
This depends on your property’s “maximum demand” estimate, (which is submitted by our in-house technicians to your DNO as part of our process), the size of the main fuse or if your property is on a looped supply (connected to your neighbour).
Any potential works will be handled by your DNO and they will contact you directly if this is the case.
Smart Home Charge is a nationwide installer, covering England, Scotland and Wales.
We have experienced engineers covering all major cities and regions, but there might be the odd nook or cranny we can't get to quickly.
Find out if we install EV chargers in your area with our location checker.
Our engineers will complete the initial setup and pairing of the charger app with the charge point itself as this is considered as part of the installation.
In a way, all electric car chargers are compatible with solar panels in that they will consume electricity just like any other appliance - and if you are generating from solar at the same time then there's a chance that solar energy makes it to your car.
But there's the rub - it's just a chance and you have no real way of knowing if and how much solar is making it into your electric vehicle.
What most people mean by this question is, can I divert any surplus solar energy into my electric vehicle to do solar charging? To do this, you'll need a charging point that is capable of detecting any surplus and start charging your electric cars before the excess solar is lost to the grid.
Learn more about this in our solar electric vehicle charging article.
Battery storage is a little more technical, so it's worth speaking direct with the manufacturer or a battery storage installer for their recommendation first.
More or less, yes. If you choose an untethered (or socket only) EV charging point, then it will work with every electric vehicle - you just need to use the correct charging cable for your car.
However, if you choose a tethered electric car charger for home then you'll need to be a little more selective. This is because the cable is attached to the charge point in this case, so you'll need to ensure it "matches" your vehicle.
Luckily there are only two "types" of cable for charging at home - Type 1 and Type 2 - and even then almost all recent and new electric cars are Type 2. So the vast majority of electric cars work with all modern chargers.
No, you don't need a smart meter in order to have an electric vehicle charger installed.
However, if you intend to take advantage of the many EV friendly tariffs available and save hundreds per year on your via smart charging, then you will likely need a smart meter to access them.
Check out our energy tariff comparison tool to learn more.
You can still have an electric vehicle charger installed even if you don't have off-street private parking, but it can make an electric car charger installation more complicated and costly depending on the situation, the cable run and layout.
There are a number of mandatory steps that must be completed before we can book your installation date.
These include ordering the charge point, which is dispatched as soon as you order, completing the remote site survey, and completing the DNO notification (which can sometimes lead to delays) - once these steps are done, we can offer you an installation date.
We do this so we can provide a date knowing all the required steps are completed, helping to avoid delays.
We think this is a fairer and more transparent way of doing things, rather than making false promises about a date at the start and having to change this later.