How Much Does an Electric Vehicle Home Charge Point Cost?
This article will explain the costs of buying and installing an EV home charging point, and outline what you should consider when assessing the cost of your chosen device.
How much do EV charge points cost?
Most people buying a home charging point opt for a wall-mounted device. These range from around £300 for a basic model, to about £800 for a high-end charge point.
Freestanding charge points are normally used for public charge points or workplaces and typically cost from £1000 to over £2000.
You will need a certified electrician to install your charger. It is known as a fixed appliance. Installation costs vary but tend to cost at least £400. Non-standard installation – where additional work is required – is more expensive.
Andersen’s wall-mounted home charge points start from £895, which includes installation by a qualified electrician (click here for more information on standard installation), after deduction of a government grant if you are resident in the UK or Ireland and your vehicle qualifies.
Why does the price vary so much?
At the higher end of the market, you will be paying for class-leading, high-quality design, and materials, technology and durability. You will see general attention to detail, from the quality of the paint finish to the choice of finishes and colours.
A more expensive home charging point will be made from metal, which is far more durable than the plastic used to make cheaper models.
Higher-end EV home charge points will use industrial-grade electronics, as committing to better technology gives better reliability. Andersen uses components usually found in high-powered industrial tools for improved reliability.
All government-funded charge points will need to use ‘smart’ technology from July 2019. Read more about this here
Higher-end devices will offer a wider and better range of features.
All Andersen home charge points come with Kønnect, a free app which offers a range of useful features such as the ability to:
- Monitor charge times and cost (which you can export in pdf, xls and HTML formats)
- Lock your charge point remotely for added security
- Choose when to start the charge so you can time it with your energy plan to keep costs down
- Use solar charging
- Keep your data secure
- Automatically update the app
The Andersen A2 home charge point offers a number of helpful, unique, innovative features, such as a cable that is completely hidden and plug storage that is neat and completely out of sight. It comes with courtesy lights to help you to see where the cable goes at night time and is made from Accoya, sustainable eco-timber that doesn’t rot.
The floor-mounted Andersen P1 home charge point contains next-generation electronic RCM Type B technology, which delivers early warning of electrical faults. It is fast charging, from 7kW to 22kW.
The P1 home charge point has nylon-coated exterior metal panels for durability. Both the A2 and P1 are hand-finished to create a smooth, even colour. Made of solid stainless steel, the chassis has a lifetime guarantee. The model is certified for all European countries and comes with a three year Andersen Care Cover.
There is the added benefit of the well-hidden socket compartment, with CNC machined magnetic doors for easy access and a nice finishing touch.
Put simply, a higher-end home charge point will have general attention to detail that cheaper models lack, from the quality of the paint finish to add details to create a well-functioning and beautiful product.
How do I know I’m getting high quality for the price?
Look for guarantees and intended lifespan. A home charge point with a chassis lifetime guarantee will work out as good value in terms of cost per use, plus the peace of mind of knowing your charging point is durable and strong.
Made from metal and designed using class-leading technology, the chassis of Andersen EV home charge points come with a lifetime guarantee.
Can I get a government grant towards the cost of my EV home charge point?
You can save money on your EV home charge point via a government grant, available to EV owners in the UK and Ireland.
There are various government grants and your eligibility depends on where you live.
If you are a UK resident, you can get up to £500 off the price of your EV home charge point with a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
This grant is frequently referred to as OLEV and is run by EVHS (the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme). Your home charge point must be installed by a qualified electrician and have approval from a charge point manufacturer to install their accredited equipment.
To check if your vehicle qualifies for the OLEV grant, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
If you live in Scotland, you can get the OLEV grant, plus an additional £300 discount from the Energy Saving Trust (known as an EST grant) Click here for more information: [link: https://andersen-ev.com/blog/energy-saving-trust/]
If you live in Ireland, you can get a grant known as SEAI. The amount you could save varies depending on the list price of your approved Electric Vehicle. You can see a table here: https://www.seai.ie/grants/electric-vehicle-grants/grant-amounts/
You can find more information about government grants here: https://www.gov.uk/transport/low-emission-and-electric-vehicles
How can I keep track of my charging costs?
Look for a smart app which allows you to monitor the cost of charging your electric vehicle, such as Kønnect which is free with Andersen home charge points.
Home charge-points vary in price from £300 for a basic wall-mounted model to over £2000 for a free-standing device. A high-end wall-mounted home charging point will cost about £900. Installation usually costs around £400 and must be done by a qualified electrician.
You can reduce your overall price by taking advantage of government grants such as OLEV, which gives you up to £350 off the total cost.