Best Home EV Chargers 2022 (UK): The Complete Guide

easee commercial EV charger

2021 has been a good year for EV charging stations, but the best is yet to come. Expect 2022 to be even better for EV owners!


2021 has been another unprecedented year. A year, difficult to have scripted in advance, given the global uncertainties. Despite the challenges, we at e-zoomed applaud the global automotive sector in doing its very best in conducting business with a ‘Never Give In’ attitude.

In particular, the global electric vehicle sector did not disappoint. A number of new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) were launched in 2021, to include the Mercedes-Benz EQB, Fisker Ocean EV, Volkswagen ID.5, further increasing the pool of electric vehicles (EVs) available to businesses and individual consumers.

We expect 2022 to be no different than 2021, in that, the electric vehicle market will continue to mature as mainstream global automotive manufacturers develop and introduce new EV models. In fact, Toyota Motor Corporation has just unveiled 11 new EV concept cars.

The availability of public EV charging stations also gained ground in 2021. As of December 2021, the UK has 48,162 connectors and 28,508 devices across 17,967 locations, significant increase from 2020 (credit: zapmap). But improvements were not confined just to public charging stations. EV charging station manufacturers also worked hard to improve the quality and performance of residential and business EV charging stations. A number of new electric car charging station models were introduced to compliment the growing portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

2021 has been an inflection point, as EV charge point manufacturers have transformed from startup’s to matured manufacturers. UK based myenergi and EO Charging are excellent examples of the ‘coming of age’ of EV charge point manufacturers. We at e-zoomed are certainly excited to see myenergi and EO, both UK companies, on their way to achieve global leadership!

We have also witnessed an evolution in terms of technical specifications, design, dimensions and costs of residential and business EV charging station (AC). In general, residential EV charging stations have become aesthetically more pleasing, discreet (smaller in size), smarter in specifications, lighter in weight, better build quality, easier to install and more competitively priced. We should expect this trend in EV charger evolution to continue for the next few years. We expect many more introductions of EV charging station in 2022 and also the end of the UK government Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. Of course, take advantage of the incentive why it is still available.


Electric Car Charging: The Basics


For those new to electric driving, understanding EV charging stations is a daunting prospect. However, we at e-zoomed have simplified it for our electric driving community, so that electric car owners may choose the most appropriate electric vehicle charger for their circumstances.

e-zoomed offers leading electric car charging station brands, to include, both, residential EV chargers and business electric vehicle (EV) stations. Brands include: Wallbox, myenergi, PodPoint, Webasto, EVBox, Easee and many more. Our EV chargers are smart and approved for the OLEV home charging grant (the Office for Low Emission Vehicles is now called Office for Zero Emission Vehicles). We offer hassle-free supply and installation at competitive prices.

We would encourage those new to EV charging stations and EV cables to read the following articles:


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Top Tips For Buying A Home EV Charging Station

Top Tips
Never buy cheap. A good quality EV charger will last a long-time! A cheap EV charger will need to be replaced sooner than later!
Look carefully at manufacturer maturity and track record. Expect weaker OEMs to close down!
Think carefully of the long-term needs of your household for EV charging to conclude what type of home EV charger is most suitable
Design is important, but do not be seduced by it. Look beyond. Look at the technical specifications of the EV charger. We at e-zoomed recommend a smart charger, and in particular, EV chargers that are compatible with solar PV systems and battery storage
Study the warranty carefully. A longer warranty does not necessarily mean it is better than a shorter warranty. Read the small print to assess which warranty offer is more comprehensive!

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.

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.

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. 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 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.

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.

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 5 Top Picks For Best Smart Electric Car Home Charging Stations


Company Name Advantages
myenergiManufactured in the UK. Solar compatible
WallboxManufactured in Spain, solar compatible, lightweight
EO ChargingManufactured in the UK, solar compatible, lightweight
EaseeManufactured in Norway. Scandinavian design and quality
TeslaManufactured by Tesla. Compatible with Tesla Powerwall battery storage and residential solar

myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV Charger


myenergi, a UK based company is keen to emphasise its country of origin. The fast growing electric car charging stations manufacturer describes itself as ‘British made awesomeness’, with a purpose ‘to provide energy independence and drive a sustainable future’. The company was co-founded by Jordan Brompton and Lee Sutton in 2016. The company released its first three products in 2017. The company currently operates in the following international markets: Germany, Benelux and Ireland. The company is headquartered in Stallingborough, Lincolnshire and has over 200 employees.

The company offers the following renewable energy products, all manufactured in Britain:

  • eddi: solar power diverter
  • zappi: EV charger
  • harvi: energy harvesting wireless sensor
  • hub: smart energy monitor

Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):No
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:Yes
Tethered EV chargers:Yes
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:Yes
Warranty:3 years
Available via e-zoomed:Yes

PROS CONS
Fast gaining a reputation for good quality EV charge pointsEV charger not smart without hub
Solar compatibleStill a relatively young company
Manufactured in the U.K.Room for improvement on product design

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product name:zappi
Smart:Yes (with HUB)
Approved for grant:Yes (with HUB)
Product range Zappi:7kW (untethered)/ 7kW (tethered)
Prices from (not including grant):£780 (including VAT)
Colour options:2

zappi Smart Home EV Charger


zappi ev charger
zappi Residential EV Chargers Available Via e-zoomed (credit: myenergi)

Key Features zappi Home EV Charging (7kW)
Solar Compatible:Yes
Earthing:No earth rod required: built-in PEN fault
Mobile App:Remote access via myenergi app
Timer Function:Boost timer to set charging times when tariff rates are cheaper
Pincode Protected:Yes
Mounting Location:Indoor or outdoor (permanent mounting)
Charging Protocol:Mode 3 (IEC 61851-1 compliant communication protocol)
DIsplay:Graphical backlit LCD
LED:Front: LED multicolour, according to charge status and current
Charging Current:6A to 32A (variable)
Load Balancing:Dynamic Load Balancing: optional setting to limit current drawn from the unit supply or the grid
Connector Type:Type 2 tethered cable (6.5m) or type 2 socket with locking system
Charging Modes:3 charging modes: ECO, ECO+ & FAST
Compliance:LVD 2014/35/EU, EMC 2014/30/EU, EN 62196, EN 62955:2018 CE certified
Enclosure Dimensions:439 x 282 x 122 mm
Protection Degree:IP65 (weatherproof)
Enclosure Material:ASA
Operating Temperature:-25°C to +40°C
Rated Power:7 kW (1-ph)
Rated Supply Voltage:230V AC Single Phase or 400V AC 3-phase (+/- 10%)
Supply Frequency:50 Hz
Rated Current:32 A max
Standby Power Consumption:3W
Integral Earth Leakage Protection:30mA Type A RCD (EN 61008) + 6mA DC protection (EN 62955)
Economy Tariff Sense:Input 230V AC sensing (4.0kV isolated)
Wireless Interface:868 MHz (proprietary protocol) for wireless sensor and remote monitoring options
Grid Current Sensor: 100A max. primary current, 16mm max. cable diameter
Cable Entry:Rear, bottom or side
Warranty:3 year

Note: zappi EV chargers are only SMART with the myenergi HUB


Company Overview: Wallbox


Wallbox, was founded in Barcelona in 2015 by Enric Asuncion and Eduard Casteneda. The company launched its first EV charger in 2016, the Commander electric car charging point. The second product, the Pulsar was also launched the same year. In 2018 the company created a joint venture with a China based company FAWSN Charging Systems Co Ltd and started operating from a manufacturing facility near Shanghai. The 2019 the company expanded its operation to the USA.

The company has won a number of awards for innovation and was the first EV charging manufacturer to launch the first bidirectional charger for home. The Quasar V2G charger was launched in 2020. The charge point manufacturer collaborates with a number of global automotive manufacturers to include, Mercedes-Benz, Kia Motors, Hyundai, SEAT, Ford, Volvo, BMW, Jaguar and more! The company currently offers residential, business and public EV charge points. The company offers the Supernova public EV charger, which charges up to 65kW (60 miles range in 15 minutes).


Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):Yes
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:Yes
Tethered EV chargers:Yes
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:Yes (not all EV chargers in the portfolio are solar compatible)
Warranty:3 years (an extended warranty available)
Available via e-zoomed:Yes

PROS CONS
An established EV charge point manufacturerNot all models are available as a untethered charger
High quality manufacturing. Developed and manufactured in SpainNot all models are solar compatible
Good design, technical specifications, light weight, compact and easy installation. Solar compatibleSome tethered chargers only available in one cable length (5m)

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product names:Pulsar Plus/ Copper SB/ Quasar (bidirectional)
Smart:Yes
Approved for grant:Yes
Product range Pulsar Plus:7.4kW (Tethered)/ 22kW (Tethered)
Product range Copper SB:7.4kW (Untethered)
Product range Copper Quasar:7.4kW (Untethered)
Prices from (not including grant):£745 (including VAT)

Wallbox Pulsar Plus Home EV Charging Station


Wallbox EV charger
Wallbox Residential EV Chargers Available Via e-zoomed

Key FeaturesPulsar Plus Home EV Charging (7.4kW/22kW)
Model:Pulsar Plus
Connector Type:Type 1 (SAE J1772) or Type 2 (IEC 62196-2)
Dimensions:166x163x82 mm (without cable)
Weight:1 kg (without cable)
Maximum Output:7.4 kW (1P) / 22 kW (3P)
Protection Rating:IP54 / IK08
Connectivity:Bluetooth / Wi-Fi
Solar Compatible:Yes (Pulsar Plus works with Solar PV via the EM112 meter)
User Identification:Wallbox App / myWallbox Portal
User Interface:Wallbox App / myWallbox Portal
Charging Status Info:Halo RGB LED / Wallbox App / myWallbox Portal

Company Overview: EO


EO Charging is a UK electric car charging station manufacturer. EO stands for ‘Electricity Online’. EO Charging was set up by Charlie Jardine in 2015, after having worked with another charging infrastructure manufacturer in the UK.  Charlie, identified an opportunity to create electric vehicle (EV) charging products that were better quality and more reliable than incumbent manufacturers in the market. With ‘simplicity and reliability’ as core themes in the concept DNA, Charlie has successfully navigated EO from an ‘idea’ to an established ‘EV charging manufacturer and smart software’ company. 

Though EO manufacturers residential and commercial EV chargers, the company has a particular focus on developing charging solutions for EV fleet operators. Fleet customers include, Amazon and other leading fleet operators. The company provides a complete EV charging solution to include, hardware design, manufacturing, installation and hardware-agnostic charging management software and services.

For home EV charging, EO has three models, the EO Mini, the EO Mini Pro 2 and the EO Basic. We recommend the EO Mini Pro 2, given its higher level of technical specifications, to include solar compatibility. A better long-term investment compared to the EO Mini and EO Basic.

For business charging, the company offers both AC and DC EV chargers. For AC business charging, the flagship product is the EO Genius. For DC charging, the company provides turnkey solutions from 25 kW to 480 kW.

The company sells products in the UK and a number of international markets to include, Ireland, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. To date, the company has deployed over 50,000 EV chargers. The company has 130 employees and is in the process of listing on the U.S. NASDAQ stock exchange.


Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):Yes
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:Yes
Tethered EV chargers:Yes
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:Yes
Warranty:3 years (can be extended)
Available via e-zoomed:No

PROS CONS
Solar compatible (EO Mini Pro 2)Not all EV charge points are smart
High quality manufacturing. Developed and manufactured in the UKNot all EV chargers are approved for the UK government incentive
Good design, light weight and easy installationNot all EV charge points are solar compatible

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product name:EO Mini, EO Mini Pro 2, EO Basic
Smart:Yes
Approved for grant:Yes
Product range:3.6 kW/ 7 kW (Untethered/ Tethered)
Prices from (not including grant):£595 (including VAT, Installation & Grant)

EO Mini Pro 2 Home EV Charger


  • The world’s smallest smart electric vehicle charger
  • Integrated Load Management (Optional extra)
  • Solar matching functionality (Optional extra)
  • Integral 6mA DC leakage detection, no Type B RCD required
  • Simple electrical installation
  • Adjustable maximum charging current for lower rated supplies
  • Controlled by EO Smart Home app on iPhone or Android

EO Mini Pro 2
EO Mini Pro 2 Home EV Charger (credit: EO)

Key Features
Model:EO Mini Pro 2 32A 1-Phase Charger
Rated Power:3.6 kW (15 miles of driving per hour of charge)
7 kW (25 miles of driving per hour of charge)
Charging Current:6A to 32A (variable)
Rated Current:Up to 32A max
Solar Compatible:Yes
Nominal Supply:230VAC 50Hz
Supply Connections:L1, N, PE 2.5 – 10mm2
Over Current Protection:40A Supply (external MCB)
Earth Leakage Protection:A dedicated 30mA Type A RCD must be used on the supply circuit
Integral 6mA DC leakage detection – no Type B RCD required
Standby Power Consumption:<5W
Status Indication:3 colour LED indicator (green, blue, red)
Charging Mode:Mode 3 (IEC 61851-1 / SAE J1772 compliant communication protocol)
Socket/Tethered:IEC 62196 Type 2, IP54 hinged lid, non-locking
Type 1 or Type 2 tethered
Supply Cable Entry:Ø20mm or Ø25mm hole drilled at site through bottom of enclosure
Internet Connection:Home Wifi (2.4GHZ only) or a CAT5 Ethernet cable to Home LAN (Ethernet-USB Adaptor required)
CT Connections:One for output of electricity meter for Load Management
One for output of solar array for solar charging
Dimensions (H x W x D):175mm x 125mm x 125mm
Unit Weight:1.3 kg
Mounting Location:Wall Mounted, Indoor or Outdoor (permanent mounting)
Ambient Temperature:-10c to +50c
Internal Electronics Temperature:-25c to +85c
Operating Humidity:5% to 95%
Enclosure:ABS (UL94 HB Fire Rated), IK08
Protection:IP54
Standard Finish:Glasuirt 68 Line Paint
Compliance:OLEV EVHS & WCS Approval. CE Marked, EMC Directive 2014/30/EU, IEC 61851-1, IEC 62196-2, EN55032, 61000-3, 61000-4
EO Smart Home App:Yes

Company Overview: Easee


Easee is a relatively young EV charger manufacturer, set up by Norwegian entrepreneurs in 2018. However, Easee has gained market leadership in Norway, in a relatively short span of time. The company has also gained a strong presence in the broader Scandinavian region and continues to grow its geographic footprint, exporting to over 17 countries in Europe.

Easee has been recognised for its Scandinavian influenced modern and minimalist design, blending easily into a residential or business environment. Apart from design, the EV chargers are also technically strong and at par with some of the leading EV charge point manufacturers. The company employs over 250 individuals and continues to grow its workforce. The core vision of the three co-founders is to create the ‘world’s smartest electric vehicle charger’. The EV chargers are developed and manufactured in Norway.


Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):No
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:Yes
Tethered EV chargers:No
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:No
Warranty:3 years
Available via e-zoomed:Yes

PROS CONS
An established track record in Norway, as a market leaderNot compatible with solar
High quality manufacturing. Developed and manufactured in NorwayNot available in tethered version
Good design, light weight and easy installationLimited track record in the UK

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product name:Easee One
Smart:Yes
Approved for grant:Yes
Product range:7 kW (Untethered)
Prices from (not including grant):£655 (including VAT)

Easee One Home EV Charger


easee one EV charger
Easee One Home EV Charger Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Easee)

Key Benefits


  • Fully dynamic charging power 1.4 – 22kW (1 and 3 phase charging)
  • Load balancing of up to 3 units per fuse without additional infrastructure (wireless)
  • Automatic queuing system
  • The load and phase balancing works offline
  • Integrated 4G in each box (e-sim), free subscription included for life
  • Possibility of WIFI connection
  • Permanent locking of the Type 2 cable
  • Integrated earth fault protection – (Integral-type B RCD)
  • Integrated RFID reader (NFC / ISO 14443 and MiFare Classic)
  • Energy measurement (+/- 3%), -for reading charge consumption
  • Developed and manufactured in Norway
  • The box is 69% smaller than other solutions and weighs only 1.5kg
  • 3 year warranty, from the day the charger is installed
  • Universal, fits all types of electric cars and mains

Key Features
Model:Easee One
Connector Type:Universal (Untethered)
Phases:One Phase
Connectivity:Built-in 4G / GPRS, WiFi 2.4 GHz b / g / n connection,
Control charging with the Easee app, RFID / NFC reader, OCPP 1.6 via our API
Charging:Charging power: 1.4 – 7 kW
Up to 7.36kW at 32A 1 phase
Charging connector: Type 2, Female (IEC 62196-2)
Voltage: 230V / 400V AC (+ -10%)
Advanced load distribution
Up to 3 charging robots on the same fuse
Automatic locking of charging connector
Built-in energy meter
Sensors and indicators:Light strip showing the status of the charger
Touch button for manual adjustment
Brightness control sensor
Temperature sensors in all main contacts
Dimensions (mm):H: 256 x W: 193 x D: 106
Weight:1.5 kg
Protection:Built-in Type-B ground fault protection (30mA AC / 6mA DC)
Enclosure degree: IP54 (electronics module)
Impact resistance: IK10
Fire class: UL94
UV resistant
Insulation class: II
Over voltage category III (4,5kV AC and 6kV impulse insulation tolerance)
Theft Protection:Electronics can be deactivated and tracked in case of theft
The electronics can be permanently locked using a padlock (not visible)
The charging cable can be locked permanently in the charging station
Operating temperature range (°C):– 30°C to + 40°C
Certification:
EN/IEC 61000-6-2 (2005)
EN/IEC 61000-6-3 (2007 / 2011)
EN/IEC 61000-32 (2014)
EN/IEC 61000-3-3 (2013)
EN/IEC 60529-1 (1999 / 2013)
EN/IEC 60950-1 (2009 / 2013)
EN/IEC 62955 (2018)
EN/IEC 61009 (2010 / 2012 / 2013) EN/IEC 60950-22 (2005)
EN/IEC 61851-1 (2010 / 2017)
EN/IEC 61851-22 (2001)
EN/IEC 62196-1 (2014)
EN/IEC 62196-2 (2017)
Radio Equipment Directive 2014/ 53/EU ROHS directive 2011 /65/EU
CE Konform
Other:5 colour options

Company Overview: Tesla


Tesla Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors Inc.) was founded by American engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. They named the Palo Alto based company, Tesla, as a tribute to the engineer Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Elon Musk (Co-Founder, Tesla) become involved with the company post the founding of Tesla Motors. He was the lead  investor in the 2004  Series A investment round.

In 2008, Tesla unveiled its first zero-emission electric vehicle (EV), the all-electric Roadster.  As they say, the rest is history. Tesla, Inc is a publicly listed company and has a market value higher than any other automotive manufacturer. Elon Musk is also ranked as one of the richest individuals in the world. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is ranked second with a net worth of US$187 billion.

Tesla has the following battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models either in production or in development. In 2020, the EV company surpassed a production volume of 1 million plug-in electric cars.

Tesla also sells battery energy storage, solar panels, solar roof and other EV charging related equipment and accessories. Tesla also owns and operates a vast public network of Tesla Superchargers (25,000+ across more than 4,500 locations). The Tesla EV charger is compatible with all Type 2 electric vehicles (Tesla and other manufacturers).


Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):Yes (Tesla Superchargers)
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:No
Tethered EV chargers:Yes
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:Yes (via Powerwall)
Warranty:4 years
Available via e-zoomed:Yes

PROS CONS
High quality EV chargers from a reputable EV company with a 4 year standard warrantyOnly compatible with solar PV via the Powerwall
Attractive sleek design and easy installationDoes not include SIM connectivity
Power sharing compatibleLimited choice of colours
Significant improvement compared to previous generation 2 chargerStandard cable only 2.5m. Can be upgraded to longer cable (7.3m) at an addition cost

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product name:Generation 3 Wall Connector (3rd Generation)
Smart:Yes
Approved for grant:Yes
Product range:Up to 22 kW (Tethered/ Type 2)
Prices from (not including grant):£499 (including VAT)

Generation 3 Home Wall Connector


Tesla EV charger
Tesla Home EV Charger (credit: Tesla)

Key Features
Model:Generation 3 Wall Connector
Charging Speed:Wall Connector is compatible with Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y and all EV’s with a Type 2 charging port and is capable of providing up to 44 miles of range per hour of charge, with up to 16.6kW on Model S or X on a Three Phase Connection / 48 amp output, depending on model
Voltage and Wiring:1-phase 230 V L-N/ 3-phase 230 V L-L/ 3-phase 400 V L-L
Current Output Range:Maximum 32 A
Supported Earthing Scheme:TN/TT/IT
Frequency:50/60 Hz
Cable Length:7.3 m (24 ft) or 2.6 m (8.5 ft)
Wall Connector Dimensions:Height: 345 mm (13.6 in)
Width: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Depth: 110 mm (4.3 in)
Weight (including wirebox):6.8 kg (15 lb)
Operating Temperature:-30˚C to 50˚C (-22˚F to 122˚F)
Storage Temperature:-40˚C to 85˚C (-40˚F to 185˚F)
Enclosure Rating:IP 55
Residual Current Detection:Integrated (Type A + DC 6 mA)
Wi-Fi:2.4 GHz, 802.11b/g/n (can receive over-the-air updates)
LED Light Strip:Charging Status
Certifications:CE, IEC 61851-1 CB

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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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