How do I install a home EV charger and what do they cost?

If you have off-street parking, you can get an EV home charger port to be installed at home, either on an exterior wall or in your garage. The average cost of a home EV charger, including installation, is between £800 and £1000. 


Charging an EV

While it is possible to plug your EV into a normal domestic supply with a 3-pin plug, this often isn’t the best solution. Instead, many drivers install wall-mounted EV charge ports which can charge your battery up to three times faster than a standard wall socket. These specialist ports also offer safety features to prevent maxing out your domestic supply or overloading your fuses.

Wall-mounted EV ports connect to your car via a cable. Some ports are ‘tethered’, which means that the cable is permanently attached to the charge point, and you plug the other end into your car. Others work via a fully separate cable.  

High-speed charging ports are also available, but these require the installation of advanced electrical circuits. These ports can deliver roughly 20 to 30 miles (30 to 50km) of range per hour of charging.


How much does installation cost?

Often installation costs are bundled into the price of your vehicle and your EV dealership should help you schedule an installation. This normally takes about three hours to complete.

Charging units cost an average of £500 to £700 for a 7kW charger  – installation brings an additional cost. For a 22kW three-phase charger, you might expect to pay up to £1200.

Government schemes to subsidise EV port installation have ended in England and Wales. However, grants of up to £400 are still available for small towns and rural communities in Scotland.