Wondering what the right charging point is to buy? 

We have made it simple for you to digest & understand what you require & what you don't. By the time you are finished reading this article you will have a better understanding of electric vehicle charging & what the right charging point is to buy for YOU!!!!! 
First thing you need to know before choosing your charging point is that everyone has different likes & requirements. There are many brands available out there & all have different options available. Some people may not want their charging point visible, others like bright & colourful. Then you have specific requirements for charging which can come in many formats scheduled charging, renewable sources, RFID control, off peak & many other types. Below we have explained each option there is currently on the market for chargers & what brands we advise you using to make it easier for you.  

  Scheduled Charging  

If you have a regular pattern of charging your vehicle & want to pull up, plug in & not worry about setting anything up then scheduled charging will be one option to consider. Simply set the time you wish to charge the vehicle & everyday your charger will turn on at the selected time to charge your vehicle, meaning you haven't got to do anything with the car, charger or app.  
 
 
 
 
Saving the planet! 
RFID charging 

Off Peak Charging  

Off Peak charging does what it says on the tin. If you have an energy tariff that has a cheaper rate (off peak) at certain times of the day/ night then choosing a charging point that has off peak charging will suit you perfectly as you can plug your vehicle in & just wait for the off peak time to start charging. You haven't got to go out in the middle of the night to do anything, just wake up the next day to a fully charged car & you have saved money using the cheaper electricity rate.  
 
This is not to say if you don't have off peak energy tariff you cannot still get this as all you need to do is switch energy supplier to a company that does off peak energy tariff's.  

  RFID 

Radio frequency identification uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify & track tags attached to objects. Meaning you can have credit card styled cards to allow you access to your charging point, restricting the use to others. This is perfect for business & public charging situations as you can limit the people that can use the charging point & only people you issue the RFID card to can access the charging point.  
 
 
 
Save money on charging 

 Solar energy charging  

If you have solar panels on your property then why not use this free electricity source to charge your vehicle. Saving you more money each year. Some if not most EV charging companies are now providing models that have solar capability because why not use the free solar energy created by the world to charge your electric vehicle up. The way the solar charging works is it uses 50% of the solar energy created to charge your vehicle & then the other 50% is from the electricity supplier. Now if you were to go a step further you could save even more money by charging your vehicle with the solar & then at night on the off peak tariff, saving yourself even more money & having a fully charged vehicle for when you next need it. 
Solar panels 

Tethered vs Untethered  

What is the difference? Simply put a tethered charging point has a cable connected permanently to the charging point & cannot be unplugged as it is part of the unit.  
 
Untethered is a charging point that has socket for you to plug in a dedicated charging cable. Meaning you can plug the cable in either end, one end in the charging point & the other end in the vehicle.  
 
What is the right one for me? Well it is all about personal preference at the end of the day. Some people prefer to have the tethered units as no one can steal the cable or you cannot loose the cable by miss placing it somewhere.  
 
And others prefer the untethered as when you are out in your vehicle the charging points in public mostly are untethered, meaning you will require a cable from your vehicle to the charging point. So having one already on you makes it easier for everywhere & you don't get caught out.  
 
So it all depends on what you would prefer depending on how you charge your vehicle & where you go.  

Remote lock & Unlock charger 

Some chargers have the ability to lock & unlock the charger via the app, if you are worried about an unwanted person unplugging your vehicle or taking the untethered cable this is a very handy function to have. A simple tap on the app will allow the charger to lock the cable in place & unlock the cable.  

App  

Majority of the charging points come with an app so you can interact with your charging point. There are many functions on the apps & all vary but in short you can control the charging point, set how you want to charge & view results on how it has charged (history).  
 
All the apps are friendly to use & if you are unsure on how to use a certain app for charging then there a lots of videos online to guide you through using the app. The ev charging points use WIFI or Bluetooth to connect you to the app, allowing you to control the charging point without standing right next to it.  
 
Some apps allow you to charge via several different options. If you want to charge £5 worth then you can set this up on the app & the charger will do this, you can also do the same with how much electricity you want to use &  
 
 
 
Click below to find out more about charging point sizes 
Regular Socket Outlet (13A) 
Rated power - 3kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 3 hours 20 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 10 hours 
 
 
3 Phase Rapid  
(60A)  
Rated Power - 43kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 14 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 42 Min's 
Single Phase  
(16 / 32A) 
Rated Power - 3.7kW (16A) 7.4kW (32A) 
Time to charge 10kWh - 2 hrs 40 Min's (16A)  
1hr 20 Min's (32A) 
Time to charge 30kWh - 8 hours (16A) 
4 hours (32A) 
3 Phase DC Rapid 
(50kW) 
Rated Power - 50kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 12 Min's  
Time to charge 30kWh - 36 Min's 
3 Phase 
(16A / 32A) 
Rated Power - 11kW (16A) 22kW (32A) 
Time to charge 10kWh - 55 Min's (16A) 
27 Min's (32A) 
Time to charge 30kWh - 2 hrs 45 Min's (16A) 
1 hr 22 Min's (32A) 
3 Phase DC Rapid 
(150kW) 
Rated Power - 150kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 5 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 15 Min's 
Domestic EV owners will want to generally look at the 7.4kW (32A) single phase charging points as most households have single phase electricity to the property & this is the fastest charging point you can get. Unless you are lucky & have three phase electrical supply to your property then you can choose a higher level charging point.  
 
Charging points are not what we would class as cheap & some people may not want to spend over £400 on a charging point being supplied & installed. Well you can have a normal socket outlet installed using the 3kW (13A) plug in charging lead but you cannot just plug this in to any socket outlet. So be warned, you will need a dedicated socket outlet straight from your consumer unit (electrical fuse board) & have it controlled by an RCD (Type A) to ensure it complies with latest wiring regulations.  
 
But before you make that decision consider this.... the government currently has a home charging scheme, check the link to see if you apply for the scheme as you could save up to £350 on the installation making it affordable for you. You will need a OZ-EV approved installer to do this & do not worry all the paperwork is carried out by the installer. You will have to sign & provide certain information but the boring paperwork is all taken care of by the installer & even better you do not have to claim the grant money. The installer has to provide the quote to you with the £350 off of the quote & if they do not take care of the paperwork or fill it in correctly, they do not receive the grant money. So you are completely protected & as long as you apply for the grant scheme then you will be saving £350.  
 
If you are interested in receiving a quote, we are OZ-EV approved installers & have been for over 5 years now. We can carry out a site survey & even walk you through the process to knowing whether you apply for the grant scheme.  
 
Hurry as the grant scheme will not last forever, contact us today to save yourself £350.  
Is your fleet upgrading to EV, do you have a building & employees own EV vehicles? Well make sure you stick around to read this as you could save yourself whilst having Electric vehicle charging points installed. The government grant scheme Workplace charging currently is running & if you apply for it you could save up to £350 per charging point socket. What does this mean? If you have a requirement for EV charging points at your workplace or at home under the workplace grant scheme you could have EV charging points installed and save £350 per charging point but only via an OZ-EV approved installer. As long as the vehicle is registered through the company you could benefit from the grant scheme & you don't have to own the vehicle either, so its well worth checking out to see if you could save money. 
 
Under the workplace scheme you can have up to 40 charging points installed, meaning you could save up to £14,000 which is unreal. We are approved installers & can take you through the process from start to finish. We have helped many clients with getting their fleet up & running with EV charging points. Industrial units EV charging, business EV charging & even home charging points for employees. We can help make this transition as smooth as butter for you, under the government grant scheme we take care of the paperwork & all that is required of you is to get a voucher via the government grant portal site so we can claim against this voucher. So what are you waiting for save yourself the hassle & money!!!!! 
You've been on a long journey & need to charge up your vehicle, Public charging points are a great way to charge your vehicle & here is why. 
 
At most public EV charging points they are a lot larger sized power output & that means you haven't got to wait long until you are back driving, unlike home & workplace charge points. Yes it costs to charge at these points but the time saved is remarkable, some electric vehicle charge points in public can now charge a vehicle in 20 minutes. A quick coffee break & you'll be back on the road & that is great for people that may have doubts about range anxiety with electric vehicles. These charge points in public are becoming even more popular with most supermarkets bringing them to their car parks & many other places in the public.  
 
If you are after having a public charging point installed we can provide this for you. We work with many large companies to bring EV charging points to their premises & allow the public to charge from them. 

Summary 

So what is the best charging point to go for? Well the real answer is it depends on what your requirements are, everyone is different. Domestic owners will want to look at the 7.4kW EV chargers & choose the options that suits their needs. 
Workplace owners need to work out how quickly they wish the charging to be & that will depend on the charging point type, we would suggest an 11kW or 22kW charging point, then choose which options they require. 
 
The brands that we would recommend/ suggest looking at in particular are Project EV, Wallbox, Andersen, Rolec & Hypervolt
 
If you are still unsure we would be happy to guide you through the process so you get the right charging point & even save money on the install. Contact us today via message, telephone, email or even schedule us to call you at a time that suits you.  

Wondering what the right charging point is to buy? 

We have made it simple for you to digest & understand what you require & what you don't. By the time you are finished reading this article you will have a better understanding of electric vehicle charging & what the right charging point is to buy for YOU!!!!! 
First thing you need to know before choosing your charging point is that everyone has different likes & requirements. There are many brands available out there & all have different options available. Some people may not want their charging point visible, others like bright & colourful. Then you have specific requirements for charging which can come in many formats scheduled charging, renewable sources, RFID control, off peak & many other types. Below we have explained each option there is currently on the market for chargers & what brands we advise you using to make it easier for you.  

  Scheduled Charging  

If you have a regular pattern of charging your vehicle & want to pull up, plug in & not worry about setting anything up then scheduled charging will be one option to consider. Simply set the time you wish to charge the vehicle & everyday your charger will turn on at the selected time to charge your vehicle, meaning you haven't got to do anything with the car, charger or app.  
 
 
 
 
RFID charging 

  RFID 

Radio frequency identification uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify & track tags attached to objects. Meaning you can have credit card styled cards to allow you access to your charging point, restricting the use to others. This is perfect for business & public charging situations as you can limit the people that can use the charging point & only people you issue the RFID card to can access the charging point.  
 
 
 

Off Peak Charging  

Off Peak charging does what it says on the tin. If you have an energy tariff that has a cheaper rate (off peak) at certain times of the day/ night then choosing a charging point that has off peak charging will suit you perfectly as you can plug your vehicle in & just wait for the off peak time to start charging. You haven't got to go out in the middle of the night to do anything, just wake up the next day to a fully charged car & you have saved money using the cheaper electricity rate.  
 
This is not to say if you don't have off peak energy tariff you cannot still get this as all you need to do is switch energy supplier to a company that does off peak energy tariff's.  

 Solar energy charging  

If you have solar panels on your property then why not use this free electricity source to charge your vehicle. Saving you more money each year. Some if not most EV charging companies are now providing models that have solar capability because why not use the free solar energy created by the world to charge your electric vehicle up. The way the solar charging works is it uses 50% of the solar energy created to charge your vehicle & then the other 50% is from the electricity supplier. Now if you was to go a step further you could save even more money by charging your vehicle with the solar & then at night on the off peak tariff, saving yourself even more money & having a fully charged vehicle for when you next need it. 
Solar panels 

Tethered vs Untethered  

What is the difference? Simply put a tethered charging point has a cable connected permanently to the charging point & cannot be unplugged as it is part of the unit.  
 
Untethered is a charging point that has socket for you to plug in a dedicated charging cable. Meaning you can plug the cable in either end, one end in the charging point & the other end in the vehicle.  
 
What is the right one for me? Well it is all about personal preference at the end of the day. Some people prefer to have the tethered units as no one can steal the cable or you cannot loose the cable by miss placing it somewhere.  
 
And others prefer the preference as when you are out in your vehicle the charging points in public mostly are untethered, meaning you will require a cable from your vehicle to the charging point. So having one already on you makes it easier for everywhere & you don't get caught out.  
 
So it all depends on what you would prefer depending on how you charge your vehicle & where you go.  

Remote lock & Unlock charger 

Some chargers have the ability to lock & unlock the charger via the app, if you are worried about an unwanted person unplugging your vehicle or taking the untethered cable this is a very handy function to have. A simple tap on the app will allow the charger to lock the cable in place & unlock the cable.  

App  

Majority of the charging points come with an app so you can interact with your charging point. There are many functions on the apps & all vary but in short you can control the charging point, set how you want to charge & view results on how it has charged (history).  
 
All the apps are friendly to use & if you are unsure on how to use a certain app for charging then there a lots of videos online to guide you through using the app. The ev charging points use WIFI or Bluetooth to connect you to the app, allowing you to control the charging point without standing right next to it.  
 
Some apps allow you to charge via several different options. If you want to charge £5 worth then you can set this up on the app & the charger will do this, you can also do the same with how much electricity you want to use &  
 
 
 
 

Charging Point Sizes 

Regular Socket Outlet (13A) 
Rated power - 3kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 3 hours 20 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 10 hours 
 
 
Single Phase  
(16 / 32A) 
Rated Power - 3.7kW (16A) 7.4kW (32A) 
Time to charge 10kWh - 2 hrs 40 Min's (16A)  
1hr 20 Min's (32A) 
Time to charge 30kWh - 8 hours (16A) 
4 hours (32A) 
3 Phase 
(16A / 32A) 
Rated Power - 11kW (16A) 22kW (32A) 
Time to charge 10kWh - 55 Min's (16A) 
27 Min's (32A) 
Time to charge 30kWh - 2 hrs 45 Min's (16A) 
1 hr 22 Min's (32A) 
3 Phase Rapid  
(60A)  
Rated Power - 43kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 14 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 42 Min's 
3 Phase DC Rapid 
(50kW) 
Rated Power - 50kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 12 Min's  
Time to charge 30kWh - 36 Min's 
3 Phase DC Rapid 
(150kW) 
Rated Power - 150kW 
Time to charge 10kWh - 5 Min's 
Time to charge 30kWh - 15 Min's 
Domestic EV owners will want to generally look at the 7.4kW (32A) single phase charging points as most households have single phase electricity to the property & this is the fastest charging point you can get. Unless you are lucky & have three phase electrical supply to your property then you can choose a higher level charging point.  
 
Charging points are not what we would class as cheap & some people may not want to spend over £400 on a charging point being supplied & installed. Well you can have a normal socket outlet installed using the 3kW (13A) plug in charging lead but you cannot just plug this in to any socket outlet. So be warned, you will need a dedicated socket outlet straight from your consumer unit (electrical fuse board) & have it controlled by an RCD (Type A) to ensure it complies with latest wiring regulations.  
 
But before you make that decision consider this.... the government currently has a home charging scheme, check the link to see if you apply for the scheme as you could save up to £350 on the installation making it affordable for you. You will need a OZ-EV approved installer to do this & do not worry all the paperwork is carried out by the installer. You will have to sign & provide certain information but the boring paperwork is all taken care of by the installer & even better you do not have to claim the grant money. The installer has to provide the quote to you with the £350 off of the quote & if they do not take care of the paperwork or fill it in correctly, they do not receive the grant money. So you are completely protected & as long as you apply for the grant scheme then you will be saving £350.  
 
If you are interested in receiving a quote, we are OZ-EV approved installers & have been for over 5 years now. We can carry out a site survey & even walk you through the process to knowing whether you apply for the grant scheme.  
 
Hurry as the grant scheme will not last forever, contact us today to save yourself £350.  
Is your fleet upgrading to EV, do you have a building & employees own EV vehicles? Well make sure you stick around to read this as you could save yourself whilst having Electric vehicle charging points installed. The government grant scheme Workplace charging currently is running & if you apply for it you could save up to £350 per charging point socket. What does this mean? If you have a requirement for EV charging points at your workplace or at home under the workplace grant scheme you could have EV charging points installed and save £350 per charging point but only via an OZ-EV approved installer. As long as the vehicle is registered through the company you could benefit from the grant scheme & you don't have to own the vehicle either, so its well worth checking out to see if you could save money. 
 
Under the workplace scheme you can have up to 40 charging points installed, meaning you could save up to £14,000 which is unreal. We are approved installers & can take you through the process from start to finish. We have helped many clients with getting their fleet up & running with EV charging points. Industrial units EV charging, business EV charging & even home charging points for employees. We can help make this transition as smooth as butter for you, under the government grant scheme we take care of the paperwork & all that is required of you is to get a voucher via the government grant portal site so we can claim against this voucher. So what are you waiting for save yourself the hassle & money!!!!! 
You've been on a long journey & need to charge up your vehicle, Public charging points are a great way to charge your vehicle & here is why. 
 
At most public EV charging points they are a lot larger sized power output & that means you haven't got to wait long until you are back driving, unlike home & workplace charge points. Yes it costs to charge at these points but the time saved is remarkable, some electric vehicle charge points in public can now charge a vehicle in 20 minutes. A quick coffee break & you'll be back on the road & that is great for people that may have doubts about range anxiety with electric vehicles. These charge points in public are becoming even more popular with most supermarkets bringing them to their car parks & many other places in the public.  
 
If you are after having a public charging point installed we can provide this for you. We work with many large companies to bring EV charging points to their premises & allow the public to charge from them. 

Summary 

So what is the best charging point to go for? Well the real answer is it depends on what your requirements are, everyone is different. Domestic owners will want to look at the 7.4kW EV chargers & choose the options that suits their needs. 
Workplace owners need to work out how quickly they wish the charging to be & that will depend on the charging point type, we would suggest an 11kW or 22kW charging point, then choose which options they require. 
 
The brands that we would recommend/ suggest looking at in particular are Project EV, Wallbox, Andersen, Rolec & Hypervolt
 
If you are still unsure we would be happy to guide you through the process so you get the right charging point & even save money on the install. Contact us today via message, telephone, email or even schedule us to call you at a time that suits you.  
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