Electric Car Charging Installation in Reading

Carter Electrical has around 12 years’ experience of EV charger installation across the Thames Valley. We help people in the area to access the benefits of a home electric car charging point, and of a battery-powered vehicle generally, ranging from lower running costs and a cleaner environment to reduced noise pollution, plus an overall more comfortable driving experience. And if you’re wondering do electric cars pay congestion charge, they are indeed exempt from the London levy under the Cleaner Vehicle Discount.

What’s more, given the ban on diesel and petrol vehicles, due to come in force in 2030, home-based EV charger installation could well, and increasingly, be something which adds value to your property.

EV Home and commercial charger installation

At Carter Electrical we specialise in EV home charger installation to give you the convenience of a home electric car charging point – say goodbye to ‘range anxiety’ and have the confidence of always setting off on a long journey powered up, without having to worry about finding a public charger.

We have extensive experience of fitting multiple charger units for business customers in and around Reading, and are seeing strong demand for EV charger installation at commercial sites.

Talk to us for an initial quote – we never give anyone the hard sell.

What are home electric car charging stations?

As the name suggests, a home electric car charging point offers the convenience of firing up your EV where you live. It’s the most convenient solution, and it’s almost certainly cheaper than using public chargers, while definitely better value than fuelling up a standard diesel or petrol model.

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What will I need for EV charger installation?

If you’re wondering can you charge an electric car at home, the short answer is that of course you can.

But first you’ll need a garage, driveway or some other form of off-road parking for electric car charging at home. It’s also worth fitting a wallbox EV charger. A standard three-pin 2.4kW wall plug is just about an option, but it’s not necessarily the safest one. And, apart from anything else, if you’re wondering how long does an electric car take to charge this way, the answer is very long indeed –  it could take more than 35 hours in electric car charging time.

An EV wall charger slashes those times.

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Government grants for electric car charging points

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)?

The Workplace Charging Scheme gives businesses financial support through vouchers covering part of the start-up costs for EV home charger installation. Each voucher covers up to 75% of the total purchase and installation costs, or up to £350 per socket. This is for a maximum of up to 40 charging stations, no matter how many sites your business has. Vouchers must be redeemed by installers authorised by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and have the approval of an EV charger manufacturer.

What’s more, this EV charger grant scheme was extended early in 2022 to cover registered charities, owners of commercially-let properties and SMEs.

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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EHVS) is an EV home charger grant from the UK government providing funds for the cost of fitting a wallbox at home. It covers 75% of the cost, up to £350. This grant should not be confused with the Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) which helps with the expense of buying an electric vehicle rather than an electric car charging port.

But government grants towards electric car charging installation cost changed in April 2022. What that means is that homeowners in bungalows and detached, semi-detached and terraced properties can no longer claim this funding. In essence, that means most homeowners are no longer eligible. However, you can apply if you live in a flat or rented accommodation.

Equally, the wall charging unit must be fitted by an Office for Zero Emission Vehicles-approved installer, while a number of other conditions also need to be met – covering things like not being allowed to claim again unless you concurrently own two EVs, and replacing an old charge point if you move house.

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Electric car charging points installation in Reading

Carter Electrical provides electric car charging points installation and servicing across Reading and its surroundings. Most properties are suitable for EV home charger installation, we can give you a no-obligation assessment today.

Decisions to make about EV home charger installation

If you’re wondering which home EV charger to go for, there are a number of decisions you’ll have to make.

Tethered or untethered: In other words, whether or not the charging unit has a power lead attached to it.

Plug type: Your EV charger is likely to have a Type 2 connector plug, since the EU made these sockets mandatory in 2014. However, some cars charge via an older Type 1 socket, which has a different shape.

Power options: The typical EV home charger installation is for up to 7.4kW. You could go for a lower (e.g. a 3.6kW) power rate, but this will mean charging takes longer. Equally, you can speed up charging if you’re able to have an AC charge of 11 or 22kW, but your home very likely won’t have the three-phase connection this requires. Most UK homes have a single-phase connection.

Smart chargers: These are more expensive solutions, but can be accessed remotely, typically via a Smartphone app

EV home and business charger installers in Reading and surrounding area

Electricians covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Hampshire.

If you’re wondering ‘Where are the best EV home charger installers near me?’, we’re based in central Reading and cover much of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Hampshire.

What’s more, we’re fully licensed for commercial EV charger installation under the WCS. We’ve helped numerous businesses across Reading and the wider Thames Valley area, and we could help you, too, to provide a swift electric car charging time on-site for your clients and other visitors.