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Electric vehicle home charging points
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There appears to be several EV drivers on this forum which is fantastic! So I thought, why don’t we start creating topics to help new OVO/EV drivers find out what the best or most used apps are, which charging point is good for them and more.

I thought I would start with Home charging points. If anyone wishes to add additional information to this. Please go ahead!

Just before I note down a list of Charging points, you need to take these into consideration with the “OLEV Grant”

  • The OLEV Grant, specifically named the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), provides up to £350 off the cost of purchasing & installing a home charging point from 1st April 2020.
  • EV home chargers installed before 1st April 2020 benefit from a higher £500 OLEV grant.
  • It’s available for most electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars, old or new.
  • You can claim one chargepoint per eligible vehicle and up to two eligible vehicles per household.
  • When selecting a charging point. Default power is 3kw and I recommend you spend the extra money upgrading to 7kw to future proof yourself when you purchase a newer EV with bigger battery

 

Ok, so I would recommend the following charging points. I will organise from Low to High in price.

OVO Smart Charger - From FREE! Sign up to EV Everwhere Bundle tariff

https://www.ovoenergy.com/ev-everywhere

Chargemaster - From £344

https://bpchargemaster.com/homecharge

Rolec - From £445

http://www.rolecserv.com/ev-charging

Pod Point - From £449

https://pod-point.com/

ChargedEV - From £549 - BP Chargemaster or £599 Smart+

https://www.chargedev.co.uk/at-home/

Zappi - From £695.00

https://myenergi.com/product/zappi/


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What I don’t understand about charge points: supposedly they are all required to be smart now. But which ones are really smart, where can you program charging times, or even connect them to a variable rate tariff? This should really be standard now, but it seems that the software is still not properly developed. 

I know that Zappi, EO and Ohme can do at least some of this, but again it seems to be a patchwork of incomplete solutions. 

 
 
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What I don’t understand about charge points: supposedly they are all required to be smart now. But which ones are really smart, where can you program charging times, or even connect them to a variable rate tariff? This should really be standard now, but it seems that the software is still not properly developed. 

I know that Zappi, EO and Ohme can do at least some of this, but again it seems to be a patchwork of incomplete solutions. 

 

What about ‘direct-to-car’ smart charging, @MrPuds - have you heard of the trial that’s planned between Kaluza and Fiat? It would allow smart charging no matter what charger you use…….. More info here.  

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I just wrote an enormously long post (tedious on a phone) and just had an error message and lost the bloomin' lot.

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Oh no, @Gingernut49 - I’m so sorry I think that might’ve been my fault. 

 

I’ve just changed your permissions to give you access to the Smart Home Trials private area. The same thing happened to @Blastoise186 earlier this year. Really sorry about that one and is definitely bad timing! 

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Sorry about that @Gingernut49 !

I’ve had that happen quite a few times, since Tim changes my permissions on a fairly regular basis.

The way that the forums work when your permissions get changed is a bit clunky and sometimes a bit too forceful. It shouldn’t happen again though as long as Tim doesn’t fiddle with the settings.

I’ve got some ideas that might help to fix that, which I’ll discuss with Tim.

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I'll write it again in the morning when I'm on my laptop. I'm not like the kids using two thumbs on a mobile but I'm a fast touch-typist on a pc or laptop. 

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I’ve just realised I never did write my reply! I had the Project EV charger installed by ChargedEV in late March and it’s absolutely superb. After having faffed around with the granny charger through my open window between the beginning of December and when it was installed, I decided to upgrade my charger to a tethered one and I’m very glad I did.

I particularly like the fact that it charges overnight when demand is low, even though my tariff doesn’t have a nighttime lower rate. It’s at 100% by morning so that’s great. 

I changed to the EV Everywhere tariff but then I realised that I was actually paying 3p per KwH more than the Better Energy tariff which made no sense at all so I changed back. That started months of nightmare when Ovo managed to delete all my bills. I’m on the Heat Pump trial so that meant I wasn’t able to compare usage and costs from the previous year so that was an absolutely nightmare - fortunately now resolved.

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Nice one, @Gingernut49 

 

It sounds like an EV charger installation is a pretty painless affair, get it fitted, find a tariff and charging pattern that works for you. If it’s more complicated then that, and you ever wanted to outline this in a Project EV charger review, I’d be happy to help!

 

@Transparent has published a topic guide about his charge installation which is also worth a look:

 

 

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Thank you. I'm thrilled with my car and I'm delighted I went for a tethered charger. 

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Don’t raise your expectations too high @Gingernut49 

The Topic I’ve been writing is still based on Granny-lead technology; it’s just that Granny is wearing smart ear-rings :wink:

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I hated the granny charger. It went out of the window next to where I sit between December and March so was bloody freezing and a nightmare to coil it up back into its bag!

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