Electric car charging at home - installation and maintenance of EV points

The EVHS scheme will be ending for homeowners on 31 March 2022. This means that the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage of the EVHS grant and receive a subsidised EV charger for your home.

If you are looking to install a new electric vehicle (EV) charger at home, Hawkesworth is here to help.

Our dedicated EV team will help you through the home charger installation process from start to finish.

We’ll help you with your grant application and which EV charging point is suitable for your needs, as well as install your brand-new charger quickly and efficiently.

Find out more about EV home charge installers with our leaflet

Am I eligible for an EV home charge installer grant?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a grant to partially or fully pay for your EV home charger installer. We'll work with you to help determine how much you are eligible to claim for your charging point.

Find out more about the grants available and eligibility criteria

Why choose Hawkesworth for your residential EV installation and maintenance needs?

"I was really pleased with the job that your engineer did. I was able to carry on working as normal from home and he left everything very neat and tidy. A really good job."

  • We’ll be there from beginning to end: Installing a new EV charging point can seem daunting, but our team will help you apply for grant funding and help you pick the perfect charger for your home
  • We’re available across the country: Our skilled network of engineers can be wherever you need your home charger installer to be
  • We’re an OZEV (formerly OLEV) authorised installer: We are accredited with the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, meaning your EV home charge installation is in the safest of hands
  • We offer both EV installation and maintenance: Once your home charger installation is complete, we also provide a maintenance service, ensuring that your EV charger always works to the best of its ability
  • We will help you choose the best charger for your home: We are not tied to one manufacturer, meaning that we will work with you to choose the perfect charging point
  • We also offer business installation: As well as EV installation for your home; we can also install electrical charging points at work

Contact us today and put your home on the road towards energy efficiency with an EV home charge point

Get in touch with our team today to find out more about installing an electric vehicle charging point at your home.

Frequently asked questions about EV car charger installation at home

Can I get away without having an electric car charger installed?

You can use a standard 3-pin cable to charge your car, but it’s not ideal.

Firstly, 3-pin cables charge your car really slowly. It can take over 13 hours to fully charge your car – not ideal if you need to be somewhere in a hurry!

Secondly, 3-pin cables aren’t very safe. Not only is the charging cable a trip hazard but sockets aren’t intended for them. This can increase the risk of overloading your electrical installation.

What do I do if I don’t have off-street parking?

You need to have off-street parking to claim an EVHS grant but if you only have on-street parking there are still many options.

  • You can use public charging points. Check out Zap-Map to see where your nearest one is
  • You can charge your car up at work if they have EV charging points
  • You can speak to your local council to see if they can install on-street charging points on your road

I have more than one car. Do I need more than one charging point?

If you have multiple cars you can install multiple charging points. However, the reality is that you won’t necessarily need one charging point for every EV you own. You don’t need to charge vehicles every day, and some people may charge their vehicles at work or at public charging points.

Do I need to get planning permission for an electric car charging point?

As a general rule, you do not need to get planning permission as EV charging points are considered to be ‘permitted developments’.

However, if you live in a listed building, close to a highway or your charging point is over a certain height or size, then you will need to get permission. If you install your charge point and don’t get permission beforehand, your council may tell you to take the charging point down.

If in doubt, check with your local council’s planning team.

Where should I install my electric car charging point?

It depends on your home setup. Charging points are okay to be installed outside as they are waterproof and weather resistant. 

EV charging cables are not very long, so you will want your charging unit to be close to where your electric vehicle is parked.

Most customers choose to have their charging point installed on the wall next to their driveway. Your installer will be able to advise the best place for your car charging place to go.

How long will the installation take?

It depends on the type of home you live in, where you want your charging point installed and what type of electric charging point you want. 

For example, if your off-road parking is not next to your home, you may need groundworks to connect your charger to your distribution board. This will mean it takes longer for installation to take place.

Will the charging point work with my electric vehicle?

Yes. Different charge points have different sockets - these are known as Type 1 (with five pins) and Type 2 (with seven pins). 

Electric cars come with their own cables. This means if the EV and charge point don't have compatible cables, you can swap the cables over.

I’m renting my home – can I still get an electric car charger installed?

Yes, but you need to get permission from your landlord first. 

If you rent a freehold property and the freeholder is different to the landlord, you will need to get permission from them too.

If I move house, can I take the electric car charger with me?

You can. An accredited installer will be able to uninstall and reinstall your charging point if you want to bring it with you.

If you are renting your property, check with your landlord first. They may want you to leave the electric car charger in place for the next tenant.

Bear in mind that you can only claim your EVHS vouchers once. If you have two charge points installed at one property and move home, you will not be able to claim again.

The Government is currently looking to pass legislation so that all new-build homes come with charging points as standard. This means if you move house in the future, there may already be a charge point in place.

Can I install an electric car charging point myself?

Technically you can, but we wouldn’t recommend it. 

Installing an EV charge point is a tricky process. You need to wire it up to your distribution board and make sure the installation is safe. Using a qualified electrical engineer will give you peace of mind that your charging point will be installed correctly.

Can I let other people use my electric car charger?

Yes. The majority of car chargers can be used by any vehicle so you can let friends, family and neighbours use your charging point if you like.

Can I secure my electric car charger so other people can’t use it?

If you want to keep your electric car charger locked down so you’re the only one who can use it, you can install a charging point with a key or a radio frequency identification (RFID) card. 

Do I need to get my electric car charger maintained?

It’s not a legal requirement to maintain your electric car charger, but you should check it regularly to make sure it is working as it should.

Give it a quick once-over every time you use it to make sure the charging cable and charging box are not damaged.