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. It is also the cheapest and safest way of charging your vehicle.
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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 charger

When it comes to EV charging, reliability is everything – so 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.

EO Mini Pro v2

EO Mini Pro 2

Perfect for: EV owners looking for a smart, reliable and compact charger

Key features: Worlds smallest electric vehicle charger, smaller than an A5 sheet of paper

Power: Fast – up to 7kW

Time to full charge from empty: From 3 hours

Compatibility: Universal socket, suitable for all electric plug in vehicles. tethered option available

Smart charging: Yes

Advanced Load Management to prevent supply overload: Yes

Solar charging: No

Earth rod required: Yes

 OLEV grant: Approved

Price: Fully installed from £528 inc VAT (includes OLEV grant of £350)

Zappi EV charger

myenergi zappi

Perfect for: EV owners looking to charge with self-generated solar power

Key features: Boost function to charge your EV at maximum power

Power: Fast – up to 7kW (single phase) or 22kW (requires three phase supply at home)

Time to full charge from empty: From 1 hour (3 phase/22kW ) or 3 hours (1 phase/ 7kW)

Compatibility: Universal socket, suitable for all electric plug in vehicles. tethered option available

Smart charging: Yes

Advanced Load Management to prevent supply overload: Yes

Solar charging: Yes

Earth rod required: No, making your installation quicker

 OLEV grant: Approved

 Price: Fully installed from £775 inc VAT (includes OLEV grant of £350)

OLEV funding for Electric Vehicle Charging

From April 2020 EV owners can apply for the OLEV 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 OLEV 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

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.

Drive 8,000 miles for £80*

When you purchase an EV charger from The Phoenix Works, you not only get a great quality install, you can also charge your EV for less with the exclusive Home and Smart EV energy tariff, from our sister company Tonik. 

  • Charge your EV the sustainable way with 100% renewable electricity
  • Smart data from your EV charger allows Tonik to separate home and EV charging energy use
  • Equivalent kWh rates when charging your EV:
    • Overnight only 4.17p (midnight to 7am)
    • Daytime only 10p (7am to midnight)

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What our customers say

“I contacted The Phoenix Works and received excellent advice about the charge point options for my new EV. We agreed on a Zappi and it was fitted by Clint who was excellent in every respect. I was particularly impressed by his attention to detail, his helpful advice and the fact he took the time to do a high quality job.”

GUY, CHESHIRE

What our customers say

“The Phoenix Works were a refreshing company to deal with start to finish. I dont normally write reviews but this customer service was brilliant and deserving of being shouted about. The processes used by the company had been made simple, and the installation team professional in the installation.”

IAN, WEST YORKSHIRE

6 steps to EV charging at home

Get in touch

Complete our quick quote form and let us know how you would like us to get back to you.

OLEV grant

  We will text a link to you with an online form so we can check if you are eligible to receive the OLEV grant, reducing the cost of your EV charger and installation by up to £350.

Remote survey

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 EV charger fitted.

Quotation

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 OLEV grant documentation.

Install day

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.

EV charging FAQs

If you can’t find the answer here please get in touch and our expert team will help you find the right EV charger for your home.

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 continous 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 avoiding 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 requirments 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% reneweable 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