What is an EV charger & do I need one?
An EV charger, or electric vehicle charging point, is a piece of equipment that supplies the vehicle with a source of electricity, and subsequently, a source of power. Most drivers with an electric vehicle (EV) will require a charger/charge-point be installed at home, this is where we step-in! Nu-Tech Electrical offer a range of EV assistance, from organising the government grant, through to the installation, design, and commissioning of your EV charger, for years of guaranteed service and reliability. Starting from £150.00! (subject to government grant).
How do I book my EV charger installation?
We offer free quotations and can usually install a new charging point within a week or two for a standard installation. Simply fill out the form located on the right-hand side of this page and we’ll aim to contact you within 48 hours!
We offer EV charger installations with or without a government-funded grant. However, if you do require assistance in accessing a grant, you can rely on the team at Nu-Tech Electrical to lend a helping hand! We'll provide complete support in filling out the application forms and providing guidance as to what you're eligible for.
Why choose Nu-Tech Electrical?
As an electrical contractor trading since 1991, we consider ourselves to be a little more ‘switched on’ than the various new installers competing for this work. You can trust our highly skilled team to provide a superior installation, complying with all modern regulations (BS7671), providing you with years of trouble-free EV charging, at a competitive cost.
We follow OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) guidance and routinely organise customers applications under the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS). We also assist in the processing of grants under the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).
What is the OLEV grant?
The OLEV grant, also known as the ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme’ (EVHS), describes the government grant intended to be used towards the installation of electric car home chargers. One EV charge-point can be claimed per eligible vehicle, there can be up to two eligible vehicles per household. The scheme provides electric vehicle owners with a grant of up to £500 towards the cost of purchasing/installing their EV charger.
Am I eligible?
To be considered as eligible for the grant you must have purchased your EV (electric vehicle) or plug-in hybrid after the 1st October 2016. Certain plug-in hybrid vehicles may not be deemed as eligible for the grant, for a detailed list of those vehicles which are considered eligible please proceed to the OLEV website by clicking here. You must also conform to the following criteria:
· The EV charger installation must be OLEV-approved.
· The vehicle must be parked/kept off-street.
· Your EV charger installation must not exceed the purchase/delivery day by 4 months.
What is the Workplace Charging Scheme?
WCS is a government scheme intended to provide eligible applicants with financial support towards the costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargers/charge-points. The financial support is limited to a maximum of £500 per charge socket and a maximum of 20 individual sockets per applicant. Nu-Tech can assist in processing the government-issued vouchers associated with the scheme on the applicant’s behalf. Read more on WCS here.
Am I eligible?
The scheme is intended to be used by businesses, public sector organisations and charities alike. A comprehensive and detailed list of the relevant criteria can be found on the gov website.
Types of EV charger
There are a wide variety of EV chargers available from a range of manufacturers, each with its own individual appeal. We understand this large selection can feel intimidating and overwhelming, which is why the experienced team at Nu-Tech offer a design consultation with every installation, helping find the right EV charger for your home, or workplace, and its specific needs.
Typically, EV chargers are available in two power ratings, the faster 7kW, and the slower 3kW. As is suggested the 7kW powered EV charger typically supplies a full charger at a faster rate than the 3kW powered EV charger. As a result of this EV chargers with a 7kW power rating are typically more expensive.
In addition to the power rating, you must also consider the most suitable unit type. EV chargers usually consist of a wall-mounted unit with either a tethered cable, or a universal cable.
The tethered EV charging unit is supplied with a cable, designed to fit your vehicle, this is tethered to the unit for convenience. In contrast, the universal EV charging unit is supplied without a cable, instead, this unit uses the car’s own charging cable, and as such can connect to all electric vehicles.
Rapid EV chargers
Certain electric vehicles are equipped with rapid-charging capability. This means they are compatible with rapid charging units and possess the ability to reach 80% charge in as little as 20-40 minutes.
Rapid charging units operate via a tethered unit, they use high power alternating or direct current, the charging units typically reduce power after the battery reaches around the 80% charged mark, this is to protect the battery and increase its life expectancy.
You can identify whether your electric vehicle has rapid-charging capability by checking your vehicle manual.