Get a home EV charger for quick and easy charging
Octopus Energy handle everything in-house so you can be ready to charge at home before your new Ford Electric Vehicle arrives
What you'll get...
- A premium charger from Ohme or myenergi; leading brands at the forefront of EV tech
- Charger installation in the safe tentacles of an expert Octopus engineer
- Award winning customer service before and after the installation
- A free isolator switch installation on the day if you need one
Choose your charger
All the chargers will work with your new Ford Electric Vehicle.
All prices are reflective of a standard install
Built-in LCD screen
Compatible with solar panels and battery storage
How does it work?
FAQs: Getting an EV charger with Octopus
What does a 'standard installation' involve?
Our EV chargepoint installations are grouped into three categories.
They consider different factors that help us estimate how complex the installation is going to be:
- Where do you want your charger to be fitted?
- How long will it take to run a cable from your main fuse box to your charger?
- Will we need to drill through any walls?
A standard installation is included in the price of your charger. But if the installation is more complex and our engineers will need to spend more time at your home, it’ll cost a bit more.
Every home is different and you might want something more complex. For example, fixing your chargepoint to a pole or hiding cables under floorboards. In these cases, we’ll prepare a custom quote for you.
Do I have to be an Octopus Energy customer?
Nope! Anyone can apply for a charger installation.
How much does an installation cost?
Our charger installations start from £899 for a standard installation. We'll be able to let you know what kind of installation you require once you complete the application form.
How is the cost of an EV charger installation calculated?
Every home is different, and every customer has their own preferred setup, so it makes sense that every charger installation is unique.
There are a number of questions to consider when installing your EV charger, from where you want the chargepoint to be, how you want it to look, and where your fuse box is situated. So what kind of things do we take into account when giving you a quote?
- Does your charger of choice have a tethered lead (attached to the chargepoint) or do you want an untethered charger?
- How long does the cable that runs from the fuse box to the chargepoint need to be?
- Where do you want the charger to be installed?
- Aesthetically, do you want the cable hidden where it runs along the wall inside your house?
- Do you want your cable to run underground outside your house?
We'll be able to work out some of this information such as whether the electricity supply coming into the house is suitable for a car charger, or whether the fuse box might need an additional fuse to accommodate the EV charger.
At Octopus we can be pretty flexible when it comes to meeting your needs, but as a rule of thumb the longer the installation takes us the higher the overall install cost will be.
What will I need for a remote EV charger survey?
You’ll need to answer some questions about where you want the EV charger to be installed, and send us some photos so we can check your eligibility. That way we can decide how best to go about your installation.
Preparing for a chargepoint installation
Do I need to inform the DNO about getting an EV charger?
The DNO (Distribution Network Operator) looks after the local and regional electricity supply. They are responsible for the service cables coming into a property and the property’s main fuse.
We always inform your DNO that we’re installing a charger to confirm that your electric supply is ready for it. If you need a fuse upgrade or have a looped supply, the DNO will need to resolve this before we install the charger.
Do I need a permit to install an EV charger?
Usually, you don’t. If you have access to private parking, such as a driveway on your property, you can install a chargepoint without a permit. But it’s worth checking with your local authorities if you’re looking to install your charger in a shared space or if cables need to be trailed across pavements. They’ll also be able to advise on additional steps you’d need to take (e.g. using rubber cable covers).
What will I need for a remote EV charger survey?
After filling out the application form, we’ll assess if you’re likely eligible for an EV chargepoint grant and we’ll help you claim it. In general, the grant is offered to people who own and live in flats or rent any residential properties. It covers up to £350.
What do you mean by 'tethered' and 'untethered' cables?
'Tethered' means there is a cable permanently attached to the charging box at one end.
'Untethered' means that a cable plugs into your car at one end and the box at the other. So you’ll be able to source your own cable to charge your EV. For example, the one that was delivered with your EV.
What size cable do I need for an EV charger?
Your cable will need to be long enough to comfortably reach your EV from your chargepoint. Depending on the brand you chose, the cables of our tethered EV chargers are between 5 and 8 metres long. Generally, this is enough for most houses where the box is on the outside of the house and the car is parked on a driveway.
What is the difference between Type 1, Type 2, and CCS chargers?
Just like household plugs differ across countries, there are differences between EV chargepoint connectors. But luckily, there’s now a movement towards standardising these connections.
The standard for home charging and on the road - Type 2
Type 2 chargers are the standard for home chargepoints and all other 7kW connections on the road. All new EVs and most old ones are charged with a Type 2 connection. The notable exceptions with Type 1 chargers are the Nissan LEAF (before 2017) and the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander. Good to know: Many cars aren’t able to charge faster than 11kW. Check your vehicle handbook to see what yours can handle.
Rapid charging - CCS
The standard for faster DC chargers (i.e. greater than 22kW charging rates) is CCS. They look similar to Type 2 connections with additional “pipes” at the bottom of the plug to enable a greater charge rate.
Can I plug my electric car into a regular outlet?
Yes, you can. Would we recommend it? Not really. With such a low charge rate it can take you a long time to charge your electric vehicle this way.
How much power does a home charger use?
It differs between chargers, but the EV chargers we offer are rated at around 7kW. To compare, a typical electric furnace draws about 10-20kW and a water heater uses 3-5kW.
Do EV chargers need surge protection?
We often get asked if an EV charger needs surge protection, RCD protection, or an earth Rod.
You can make your EV chargepoint super safe by adding Surge protection to your installation. It costs an extra £80 and protects your charger from ‘transient over-voltage events’ (for example lightning strikes).
Is a home EV charger worth it?
We think so! If you have off-street parking, getting a home EV charging point is worth it for two major reasons: you won't have to rely on finding public EV chargers, and you can take advantage of tariffs that give you lower prices overnight.
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