Project EV EVA-07S review – customer feedback and our expert view
12th Jun 2020 Danny Morgan
Read real-life customer feedback on the Project EV EVA-07S and see what our editor also has to say about the charger and the app.
The Project EV EVA-07S, also known as the ATESS and previously known as the Growatt (confusing, we know!), is a low-cost charge point manufactured in China and licensed by Project EV in the UK.
But does that low cost come at a price? Read what our editor Danny Morgan has to say about it as well as real feedback from customers who have bought this charger and had it installed.
Project EV EVA-07S – the Smart Home Charge view
There’s no getting away from it – this charger is a no-frills “what you see is what you get” product. That’s not to say it’s bad, but there’s a reason it is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, brand-new OLEV-approved chargers on the market.
The device itself is inoffensive in the style department, but it won’t be winning any awards. That shouldn’t be a problem for many people looking at this product because the price is often more important than the looks.
It’s a large and bulky unit and the side-mounted charging socket means it sticks out from the wall quite a lot – 129mm to be precise.
In terms of build quality, the Project EV EVA-07S is a simple plastic shell, but quite sturdy enough to resist the elements. You shouldn’t have any problems with it outside and the fact it is relatively cheap means you won’t be scared to use it!
Depending on your property’s earthing arrangements, the Project EV EVA-07S will need an earth rod installing. Although in this instance we normally upgrade customers to the "Pro Earth" version which has built-in protection avoiding the need for an earth rod.
The Project EV EVA-07S actually has a number of features normally found on more expensive units, one of which is the ability to use surplus solar to charge your EV.
We’ve so far refrained from promoting the solar function on this charger because, for us, it’s unproven. We simply do not know enough customers who have successfully used it to enable us to recommend the Project EV’s solar charging features.
Frankly, there are better, more proven, products out there that do this and do it much better. However, if you want to take a punt on the Project EV EVA-07S’ solar charging, then you will need CT clamps installing – this will cost extra so please make sure our support team are aware you have a solar PV installation during the quoting process.
The Project EV app
So far everything is just “okay” for this Project EV charger. The device itself is decent enough and it will charge your car just like any other product. However, the app does let the overall product down.
It is extremely basic and, in fact, quite hard to use. I have spent a lot of time with this app and I am still not comfortable with it. Speaking to existing customers, the app is fiddly, has a number of bugs and generally the opposite of user friendly.
So why buy this charger, then? Well, if you want a cheap charge point and you’re not bothered about looks or the app then it still does the job. This is especially true if you don’t need to take advantage of charge scheduling or your vehicle has built-in scheduling functionality.
Customer reviews of the Project EV EVA-07S
Want to hear what real customers think of the Project EV EVA-07S?
Download this document which includes our customer feedback on this charger and its app, warts and all. Comments are based on these categories: Design, Quality, and App.