Charging your EV at home
Installing an EV charger at home provides you with peace of mind that you’ll be starting the day with a full battery. A home EV charger is also the cheapest and safest way of charging your vehicle.
Charge your vehicle from empty to full in as little as 3 hours (based on 21kWh battery)
Schedule charging from low-cost off-peak tariffs, maximising savings
Charge your EV directly from your solar PV or battery for FREE
Selecting the right home EV charger
When it comes to EV charging at home, reliability is everything. That’s why we only install EV chargers that we’re confident won’t let you down. Our selection of electric vehicle chargers have been through our rigorous testing and due diligence.
Indra Smart PRO - £30 per month
We’re offering the ‘worlds smartest charger’ as part of our new subscription offering. No upfront costs, cancel anytime and total support.
EO Mini Pro 2 - from £699
Perfect for EV owners looking for a smart, reliable and compact charger. As the worlds smallest electric vehicle charger, it is smaller than an A5 sheet of paper.
myenergi zappi - from £799
Perfect for EV owners looking to charge with self-generated solar power. The zappi is part of the myenergi range, which allows you to build a seamless sustainable home.
Looking for a Tesla Wall Connector?
As a Tesla Certified Installer we can help get your Tesla wall connector up and running. Recommended for the Model X, Model S and Model 3, Tesla wall connectors are only available for Tesla vehicle owners and can be purchased directly from the Tesla online store. Unfortunately Tesla wall connectors are not eligible for the OLEV grant, but we can still offer a competitive price for your installation.
OZEV funding for Electric Vehicle Charging
From April 2020 EV owners can apply for the OZEV grant, which could reduce the cost of your home EV charger by £350.
As an authorised installer under the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, The Phoenix Works will help identify if you are eligible for the grant and our experienced team will take care of all grant administration for you.
To be eligible for an EV charging station funded by OZEV you must:
- Keep an electric vehicle, which can be new, pre-owned or leased
- Have property owners permission (if applicable)
- Have a suitable domestic property for installation
- Have suitable off-road parking
BREA Installer of the year
The Phoenix Works are proud to have been recognised by The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology as the Installer of the Year at the 2020 awards.
6 steps to installing your home EV charger
We will text a link to you with an online form so we can check if you are eligible to receive the OZEV grant, reducing the cost of your home EV charger and installation by up to £350.
With a couple of photos we can create an accurate quotation for you. We just need to see your electricity supply and where you would like to have your home EV charger fitted.
Our friendly team will send you a quote for your chosen EV charger and installation, advising the best solution for you.
Book your installation
Choose a date for your installation. You will need to be home so we can access your electricity supply and get a signature for your OZEV grant documentation.
One of our friendly installation team will get your home EV charger up and running and give you a demonstration so you can get charging straight away.
Can I use a regular 3-pin socket to charge my EV?
Although most EV’s come with a 3-pin plug connector (often referred to as a ‘Granny Lead’), this method of charging your EV is not recommended. A Granny Lead is a slow method of charging, supplying 10A or 2.3kW of power. A Kia eNiro with a 64kWh battery pack would take around 27 hours to charge from empty to full using a Granny Lead (2.3kW is delivered into the battery every hour; 64kWh/2.3kW = 27-hours). Another reason to avoid charging your EV from a 3-pin plug socket at home is around safety; a lot of electrical installations in UK homes are not designed for continuous high energy delivery over long periods of time. It is not un-common for sockets to display heat damage after EV charging.
Electric vehicle charging stations have been designed to maximise charging times and keep the owner, the car and the home safe during the recharging process.
What is a smart charger?
A smart charger is one which can connect to the internet; enabling management and monitoring of your EV charging remotely. Smart chargers also allow easy deployment of software updates as well as the ability to carry out remote diagnostics in the case of any faults. Most issues can be rectified remotely, reducing the time your charger is out of use.
To qualify for the OLEV grant your new charger must be smart.
What is the difference between a tethered and untethered charger?
A tethered charger has a cable and plug hardwired in (generally ~5m long), so it is permanently attached to the charge point. Untethered units are not supplied with a cable and require you to connect a cable each time you want to charge your EV.
Some vehicles have different charging sockets to others, an advantage of an untethered unit is that any vehicle can be charged by use of a converting lead (generally supplied with the vehicle). Tethered chargers restrict which vehicles can be charged, although provide more convenience.
What is an earthing rod and do I need one?
When an EV charging point is installed it is important to make sure that it is electrically safe. To prevent the risk of an electric shock following the loss of the PEN (Neutral) conductor in a TN-C-S earthed electrical system, wiring regulations require an earthing rod to be installed for the majority of EV chargers.
However, earth rods aren’t without their challenges. It can be physically challenging to get the rod in the ground, especially on rocky terrain or close to building foundations. We must also avoid driving the rod through other services such as drains, gas or water pipes.
Some EV charger manufacturers have responded to these challenges and implemented changes to their hardware to provide full protection against electric shock when the PEN conductor is broken.
When selecting an EV charger, our expert team will be able to advise you if your preferred charger requires an earthing rod and also assess if this is the best solution for your home. We understand the technical requirements so you don’t have to.
What do the charging rates mean?
A 3.7kW/16A rated charger adds approximately 11-miles of range per hour
A 7.4 kW/32A rated charger adds approximately 21-miles of range per hour
An 11kW/16A rated charger adds approximately 33-miles of range per hour – this is a 3-phase unit
A 22kW/32A rated charger adds approximately 66-miles of range per hour – this is a 3-phase unit
The Phoenix Works only supply charging equipment with Load Management functionality. This feature monitors the incoming supply to your property and turns down the charge rate to prevent overload. Our systems enable fast and safe charging of your vehicle.
Can I claim OLEV funding for a 2nd EV charger at my home?
Yes, a second chargepoint can be claimed for if you can provide evidence that you are the owner/keeper of two eligible electric vehicles.
Can I charge my car from the energy generated from my solar PV system?
Yes, while the system is operational (day light), solar generated energy will automatically be used in preference to the grid. Quite often EV charging will require more energy than your PV system is generating; in these situations all your solar PV generated energy is used by your vehicle and the surplus is made up by the National Grid. The Zappi EV charger from myEnergi has an optional charging mode which only uses 100% renewable energy from your Solar PV system to charge your vehicle, no grid energy is drawn. The myEnergi APP provides visualisations and reports to show where your home energy is being used.
It is important to consider when you usually charge your EV. If this is generally overnight it may be worth considering the addition of battery storage to your solar PV system. This would allow you to store excess renewable energy, generated throughout the day, for you to use at any time, day or night and even during a powercut. Find out more about Tesla Powerwall
If you need some help choosing an EV charger for your home, please get in touch and one of our helpful experts will be on hand to guide you.