Electric Vehicle (EV) charger installation is becoming increasingly popular as more people turn to electric cars. There are many options for EV chargers and it can seem quite a daunting prospect to select the one that is right for you and your property. An experienced EV installer will make the process much clearer, helping you to understand the benefits of each model. J Kirby Electrical are experienced and qualified EV charger installers in Sussex. We are here to help make your EV charger installation simple and get you set up in no time.
Is my home suitable for an EV Charger Installation?
An EV charger installation requires you to have off street parking, usually on a driveway or garage. Your EV installer will then need to ascertain where a charger can be placed safely on your wall at this location. The installer will perform a site survey to ensure there are no constraints to the site you have selected. They will be looking for various things including any metal objects, such as lights, that are too close to allow safe installation. Once their survey is complete, your EV charger installer will discuss your options and book your installation.
Which home EV charger is right for you?
There are several factors to take into consideration when choosing an EV charger. Your EV charger installer will talk you through each of these factors and give you their advice on which would be best.
- Power: You can get 3kW, 7kW and 22kW EV chargers with 7kW being the most common choice.
- Cable: You’ll need to decide if you want a tethered charger (with a cable) or an untethered one (without a cable). An untethered EV charger can connect to almost any car – handy if you may use your EV charger for more than one car. The downside is that you will need to keep the cable in your car.
- Design: This is mostly a matter of taste. You will want to select a design that fits your home and personal style.
- Other features: EV chargers can have a wide range of additional features, such as solar panel compatibility or smart functionality, and it is worth exploring these with your installer.
What happens during the installation?
Firstly, before the EV charger installer arrives you will need to ensure the site is accessible. Make sure your electricity supply meter and distribution board are easy to get to. Once they arrive they will need to turn off the power. This may be off for 2 – 3 hours so make sure you are prepared for this. They will then install your EV charger and reinstate the power to test that it is safe and functioning correctly. Your EV installer will then demonstrate how to use your new charger and make sure you are satisfied. Then you are ready to get charging!
If you are based in Sussex and would like to know more about EV charger installation, then J Kirby Electrical are your local, reliable EV installers. Our experienced, fully qualified electricians are always happy to help. Call us today and discover how easy EV charger installation can be.