Propwash wrote:Like I suspect many people with a garage, my car lives on my drive because the garage is full of "stuff", additional freezer, tools, ladders, etc. A charging point would therefore need to be situated on the front wall of my house and therefore visible from the road. Can those already with such a point tell me:
A) How much work/disruption is involved in installing such a point? My electric and gas meters are already in boxes on the front wall outside.
B) If it is possible for a "cut off" to be installed inside the property so that the point can't be hijacked when I am away from the property and clearly so because the car won't be there?
C) The rough cost of installation? (Ball park)
We got a fully electric vehicle in August. There is a government grant of around £500 or so which your installer claims directly. Audi were offering to provide the charging point free when you bought a car, we are leasing so we had to buy one ourselves. But living in Scotland we are able to claim back £350 ourselves from the Scottish govt following installation so all in it has cost us £100 for a charger on the outside wall of our garage.
It took the electrician a couple of hours, but that was mostly due to adding an extra consumer unit to our incoming supply as there wasn’t a suitable spare slot in our existing set up. Then drilled a small hole out to the position of the unit and wired it up.
We can isolate in the garage whenever we want, but our charging point also has an app that we can use to control it, we register the car on it which presumably would mean another user can’t plugin without us authorising it. Haven’t had the opportunity to try this yet.
The added bonus of living in Scotland is we pay £10 admin fee for a charging card and then the vast majority of the charging network North of the Border is free to use. So the longer nobody else is using it the better as far as we are concerned