Can an Electrician install an EV Charger?
More and more individuals are opting for a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. As a result, we’re seeing an increase in the development of environmentally-friendly living solutions.
One of the first steps many people take to living a sustainable lifestyle, is to consider green alternatives for their transport.
Those purchasing pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles (commonly referred to as EV’s) has steadily grown over recent years. With petrol prices rising and many owners shying away from diesel, electric cars become a greener, more affordable option. Of course, with the purchase of an electric car comes the practicalities of charging it. The best way to charge an electric vehicle is at home, using a dedicated electric car charging point.
A popular question that pops up at the moment: Will we need a professional to install our electric car charger?’
Technically any qualified electrician can legally install a home charging point in the home, as long as they have the skills and specialist accreditation for the hardware. However, we recommend using a service such as ours, where further training and experience has been undertaken, specifically with EV charger installation in mind.
Using an independent electrician to install your EV Charger
Installing a charging point at your home is not the same as installing a standard plug socket. EV charging point installations can be dangerous and can involve working with very high charging currents and there is a risk of PME earth faults, if not installed correctly. There are also specific regulations that need to be taken into account when installing an EV Charger, such as the Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation.
When having a charging point installed at home, it is best to check the credentials of the installation engineer. After all, you will want someone of the correct competence level installing the equipment that your car will be primarily charged on.
Can I not just use a public charging station?
Yes you can, however it comes down to convenience. As electric cars continue to grow in popularity you will find public charging stations become busier. Having an EV charging point at your home, means that your car can charge while it’s not needed and will be ready when you are. Home EV charging points are also much faster than using mains or a public charging station.
Getting the right advice for charging your electric car
Professional installers of an EV Charger should also be able to provide you with advice on the safety precautions you should be taking and how to reduce your electricity costs. They should also advise you on the best adapter to keep in your electric vehicle.
As electric car are still relatively new it is worth having an expert install your EV charger, this will allow you to get the most from your charger.
This article was written by TT Electrical. TT Electrical have over twenty years of combined professional experience, providing electrical services across Worcestershire. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website at www.ttelectrical.net or feel free to contact us at email@example.com
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