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Home Charger Installers

Discussion in 'The UK and Ireland' started by Sinx, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Sinx

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    Apologies if this has been asked and answered already ....

    Now that I've placed my order my next task is the home charger .... I read that Tesla recommend one of their approved installers although I can imagine they'll be more expensive and probably very busy.

    Does anyone have suggestions for good non-Tesla approved installers in central Scotland (who can install chargers that will satisfy the EST grant)?
     
  2. Turnberrydavid

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    Hi

    I can highly recommend PWS. Did my installation which was a bit tricky to route the cable from the fuse box. Dust sheets everywhere and tidy up after. Also approved installer for EST so you can get an extra grant of £300 towards installation costs. I recommend PodPoint tethered charger unit. Call or text Paul on 07793 540885. Any other questions just reply

    M3P+ wh/wh.
     
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    When you add up what they charge you + the OLEV grant+ the extra grant you get in Scotland and deduct the cost of the unit they seem to be ending up with upwards of £200 per hour to fit the thing in most cases i.e. they are taking the pi55

    My recommendation would be to look at the list of registered installers:
    Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme authorised installers
    Find a small local electrician on the list. check the actual cost of the charge point you want ( google) then negotiate a fair price for installation based on how many hours it will take.
    This approach may also cut the wait. I got one fitted in about 2 weeks.
     
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    I used Everwarm (livingston based i think) - total cost to me after grants was £200. (job was £1000 - £500 OLEV plus £300 EST grant back to me)

    Rolec installed - good job, 20m outside cabling and revisited me after they turned up with an un-tethered unit the first time. Returned 2 weeks later and installed the correct tethered one.

    Yes you can argue that £1000 for the job is excessive and they are taking advantage of the grants to price it high - so what....Cost to me is £200.

    https://www.grantfundedchargingpoints.co.uk/

    Used this webpage and they just contacted a local installer who was Everwarm.
     
  6. Sinx

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    Thanks for the tips
     
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    One thing not mentioned, and you might not be aware, the official Tesla charger (or Tesla Wall Connector - TWC) is not OLEV approved, and so doesn’t qualify for the OLEV £500. I’m not sure about the EST £300.

    To qualify for the OLEV grant the charger needs to be smart and connected, neither of which apply to the TWC.
     
  8. Sinx

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    Thanks, and yes I was aware of that
     
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    Nothing different than installing a circuit for an arc welder, an RV, or an electric stove. If you mention Tesla you will be up-charged as much as double and receive nothing more in return. Approved-Tesla charger installer? What a joke, and yet another way to rip off EV owners through the FUD principal (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt). Call any licensed electrician and choose the best value without mentioning an EV.
     
  10. VanillaAir_UK

    VanillaAir_UK Moderator UK and Ireland

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    I set my Tesla wall connector to 10A and connected it up via a 13A plug. Its basically acting as a UMC. Cost me £8 as I used a pre moulded plug and lead from a decent manufacturer normally used to power a 16A commando.

    Works very well, if a little slow - 40% overnight at 92-93% efficiency. I asked an EV specialist about it incase he thought it not safe, and he said it wasn't a problem but I wouldn't want it as a permanent solution. Same level of safety as UMC, actually safer, as UMC lead is so short and rigid, it rides out of the socket during a nights charge - this forced my hand.
     
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    I went for a couple of EO Minis and I’m happy, very small unit compared to some.
     
  12. Adopado

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    The UK (and additional Scottish) grants are only available if you use an approved installer with an approved "smart" charge point. The Tesla "charger" isn't a smart charge point. It therefore potentially costs more to the customer than some other charge points.

    This is nothing to do with FUD. There are different specific requirements for a charge point installation in the UK. Without taking proper account of those requirements there will be legal implications.

    There certainly are question marks about the smart charge point approach. The concerns that some people have are that the smart features may (in the future) give control to energy suppliers and be impacted by government policies, or differential taxing for example. For that reason the various "dumb" charge points (including the Tesla CP) do have some attractions even though there is a loss of grant assistance.
     
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  13. Sinx

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    I spoke to Paul but unfortunately he doesn't venture as far afield as Fife! The other company I approached were not prepared to do a site visit but expected me to provide them with all the details. Plenty more fish in the sea/names on the list.
     
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    When it comes to the question of tethered or non-tethered, what do most go for? I am expecting to get the wife an EV in a few years so would it be best to use the same charger (and so should go untethered now)?
     
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    It’s more convenient to go for tethered. Saves you the bother of getting the cable out of the car when it’s raining , cold etc and putting it back in afterwards.
     
  17. Sinx

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    I guess the charging cable will suit any car so not an issue in future - hadn't thought about that
     
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    As soon as I found out I wasn’t eligible for the OLEV grant I went for a 32A interlocked commando socket. It cost very little and Works perfectly.
     
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    Interested in this. Do you need an adapter to use the cables that come with the car to plug into the 32amp socket?
     

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