Best Electric Car Home Chargers In The UK 2021

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It is simply false economy to buy the cheapest EV charging point. We encourage all electric car owners to future proof their investment by buying only high quality charging points!


If you are like many households in the UK, you are either in the process of buying a plug-in electric car or considering an electric vehicle (EV) like the famed all-electric Tesla Model 3 for the next purchase.

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The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)

2020 was certainly an unprecedented year for many reasons, but also for zero-emission electric driving. The UK witnessed a significant increase in the uptake of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs).

New Car Registrations 2020 (credit: SMMT)
New Car Registrations 2020 (credit: SMMT)

108,205 BEVs were registered in 2020, an increase of 185.9% compared to 2019. PHEVs performed just as well, with 66,877 PHEVs registered in 2020, an increase of 91.2% from 2019!

Moreover, in November 2020, the UK government announced that the ban of diesel and petrol new vehicle sales will move forward to 2030. We can expect a further fundamental shift in the UK transportation framework in the immediate and medium term. We expect within the next 5 years, a significant further decline in diesel market share in the UK, with petrol also suffering a similar fate.

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A Webasto Home EV Charge Point (credit: Webasto)

For those of you keen to learn more about electric car charging, we strongly recommend a read of the following articles from the e-zoomed Electric Living Blog:


Home EV Charging: The Basics


Among the many advantages of zero-emission electric driving, is the convenience of charging your plug-in electric vehicle at home. In fact, despite all the attention on public EV charging points, most electric vehicles are charged overnight at home. According to some statistics, more than 80% of electric car charging is done at home.

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A wallbox EV Charging Station (credit: wallbox)

The world of EV home charging equipment has come a long way over the past few years, from the ubiquitous 3 PIN domestic plug! With the emergence of a number of EV charging point manufactures, consumers have benefitted from rapid innovation. Today home charging points are SMART, with the functioning of the charge point in the palm of your hands via a mobile app.

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3 PIN Domestic Plug

We strongly discourage green car owners to charge their plug-in electric vehicle via a domestic 3 PIN plug. We strongly encourage the use of a dedicated EV home charging point.


Single-Phase/ Three-Phase Electricity Supply


Unlike some European countries, the majority of UK households have single-phase electricity supply. In contrast, in Germany, most homes, if not all have a three-phase electricity supply i.e. providing more power to the homes!

Single-phase systems use alternating current (AC) electric power, in which the voltage and current flow changes in magnitude and direction in a cyclical fashion, typically 50 to 60 times per second. In the UK, single-phase voltage is 230 volts.

Though a number of home EV charge points are capable of up to 22 kW, single-phase will restrict the use of the charge point up to a maximum of 7.4 kW. However 7.4 kW is adequate for charging your EV overnight. A full charge can be achieved in 8 hours. Of course this will depend on a number of factors to include the size of the EV battery.

We do not know when the UK government will upgrade our homes to three-phase supply, but if you need more power i.e. to upgrade to three-phase supply, the distribution network operator (DNO) for your region will be able to assist! Of course if you upgrade your home to three-phase supply, then you can charge an electric vehicle up to 22kW, if the EV is capable of charging at this speed (electric vehicle onboard charger).


Research The Charge Point Manufacturer: Track Record & Warranty Matters!


As is expected, with the growth of a new sector, like electric driving, a number of new entrants will emerge to serve the needs of the inevitable consumer base. The global and UK electric vehicle sector has certainly witnessed a number of new companies emerge across the EV industry value chain, to include electric vehicle charging equipment manufacturers.

It is therefore imperative that a consumer seeks to understand the background and track record of the manufacturer in some detail. The greater the track record, the lower the potential risk to the consumer. As an example, EVBox, an e-zoomed Partner and a global EV charging station manufacturer, has deployed more than 200,000+ EV charge points globally across 70+ countries. We at e-zoomed supply and install the Elvi EVBox home charging points at very competitive prices. Simply follow this link to learn more!

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EVBox EV Charging Point Manufacturer (credit: EVBox)

Of course, the more established a manufacturer, the higher the potential that the company is in business to honour any claims within the warranty period. Of course, you cannot predict the future and even an established business can become bankrupt and closedown. However, by choosing companies that have a more established track record, you, as a consumer are mitigating your risk i.e. protecting your investment.

EV Charge Point Warranty
EV Charge Point Warranty

EV home charging points come with varying degrees of warranty, but in general the most common is 3 years. Some manufacturers offer the possibility of an extended warranty at a surcharge.


Always Choose EV Charging Station Performance Over Design


Yes, design is important, but do not make this the key factor for choosing an electric vehicle home charge point. Seduction by design is a dangerous approach for any product segment, but more so in charging points.

When purchasing an EV charge point, think like an investor i.e. protect your investment by future proofing it. Therefore look at the technical specifications in detail. You should aim to use the charge point for at least three years, if not much longer. On the e-zoomed Electric Living Shop, you can read detailed technical specifications of an EV charge point.

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OLEV EV Charging Station Grant UK

Where possible and appropriate, we recommend the purchase of SMART EV charge points. These plug-in car chargers can process more data and have far more functional capabilities, usually via an inbuilt SIM card or wifi. Moreover, with SMART chargers, the consumer can take advantage of the UK government £350 OLEV home charge grant. If a charger is not smart, it does not qualify for the incentive.

Apart from the above, also look at choosing a charger that has higher charging speed capability. Most dedicated home electric car chargers have a charging speed of 3.6 kW to 7.4 kW. Of course, EV chargers can perform at higher charging speeds, but most households in the UK are single-phase. For higher performance charging units, a house needs to have a 3 phase electricity supply.


Tethered or Untethered


A tethered electric car charger is one where the cable is attached. An untethered is a charge point that has no EV cable attached. More commonly referred to as ‘socket’ only.

Tethered and untethered EV charging points have respective pros and cons. It therefore depends on a specific household needs to conclude which is most appropriate. For example, if a household expects to charge only a type 2 electric car, and mostly at home, then a tethered EV charge point is a good fit.

However, if the family expects to charge type 2 and type 1 electric cars and expects to use public charging, then a socket only (untethered) EV charge point may be more suitable. With a socket only charging station, both type 1 and type 2 EV charging cables can be used. So if a guest arrives in an EV, you can be rest assured they could use the charge point! Of course, you can also carry the EV charging cable in your car to charge at public charging points. We at e-zoomed recommend a 5m EV charging cable, a perfect length for home and public EV charging.

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An EVBox Home EV Charging Station Installed Via e-zoomed

So in conclusion, cheapest is never the best when it comes to buying an EV charging point for your home. Investing in a high quality charging point is the best way to future proof your investment. Of course, choosing the right EV charge point installer is equally important, and we at e-zoomed offer excellent and competitively priced installation services. Prices start from £220 (including VAT). To enquire simply email us as shop@ezoomed.com.


Our Top Picks For Electric Car Home Charging Stations


Webasto Pure EV Home Charging Station


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Webasto EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

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podPOINT Solo Universal Home EV Charging Station


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podPOINT EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

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myenergi zappi Home EV Charging Station


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myenergi EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

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wallbox Pulsar Plus Home EV Charging Station


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wallbox EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

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EVBox Elvi Home EV Charging Station


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EVBox Elvi EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

Salient Features


  • Charger Type: Untethered (socket only)
  • Smart: Yes
  • Charging Rate: 22 kW
  • Cable Type: Type 1/Type 2 compatible
  • OLEV: Approved
  • Weight: 3-11 Kg (without cable)
  • Warranty: 3 years (extendable to 5 years)
  • Product Price: £950 (including VAT)
  • To buy an EVBox EV charger simply follow this link

Viridian EcoLite Home EV Charging Station


Viridian EV charger
Viridian EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

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We at e-zoomed are more than happy to assist you buying your Next Green Car and with all your EV needs, to include:



Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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