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How can I future proof my EV charge point?

If you are investing in a home charge point for your electric vehicle, what should you look for to make sure it lasts as long as possible? This article will suggest ways to future proof your EV home charge point.

 

Choose a modular charge point

Choose a charge point that has been designed and built to be modular, which means you can upgrade or repair specific parts without having to throw away the entire charge point.

This means you could upgrade from a 7kW cable to a 22kW cable, or replace certain elements of the electronics board.

If the ‘look’ of your EV home charge point is important to you, consider a model such as the Andersen A2. You can change the front and sides, so if you move home or your style changes, so can your EV charge point.

You can see the different design options here

 

Choose a charge point with 22W charging capability

Buy a home charge point with 22kW capability (this supports 3.7kW, 7kW, 11kW, and 22kW charging).

The majority of UK homes can only charge at 7kW because they run on a single-phase power supply. You need a three-phase power supply to run at 22kW. If you select a 22kW cable and unit but are only charging at 7kW, your cable and unit are working well within their maximum limits, so they will last longer.

Andersen’s charge points have a 22kW capability as standard, so if you move home from a property with a single-phase power supply to a property with a three-phase power supply, you are prepared to take advantage of this higher charging capability. You can easily swap your 7kW cable to a 22kW cable (using a qualified electrician).

Although the majority of UK residential properties run on a single-phase power supply, this may change in the future, and your area may switch to a three-phase power supply as standard. By buying a charge point with a 22kW capacity, you are future-proofing your device.

A three-phase power supply is more common in residential buildings in Europe, and it is more common to have a three-phase power supply in commercial buildings, so for our business customers, the 22kW capability of Andersen charge points works well.

 

Choose an automatically updated SMART charger

Choose a smart app which automatically updates with new features to ensure you are getting the most you can from your EV home charging point. Your charge point actually gets smarter.

 

Choose a durable product

It goes without saying that the best way to future proof your EV home charging point is to buy a product made from strong, durable materials.

Andersen home charge points are durable – made from metal with the option of an eco-friendly timber Accoya. Accoya is a high-performance timber-based wood typically used to build bridges, celebrated for its tested robust non-rot properties and long lifespan that exceeds most hardwoods. Find out more about Accoya Wood from our helpful blog here.

 

Conclusion

When choosing your EV home charging point, look for high-quality materials and smart technology, the capacity to change the device’s appearance and a unit with 22kW capability.