Navigating the World of Home EV Chargers: From Choice to Installation

Jan 15, 2024

The market offers an extensive range of home EV charging solutions, tailored to diverse needs and preferences.

Home EV chargers come in three distinct levels: slow (Level 1), moderate (Level 2 fastest for home charging), and rapid (Level 3). For most home setups, Level 2 chargers strike an optimal balance between charging speed and cost-effectiveness. Conversely, rapid chargers, or Level 3 chargers, are typically found at dedicated public charging stations.

EV chargers come with various connector types, each suited to specific car models. In Ireland, the Type 2 connector is the most prevalent, catering to the majority of electric vehicles.

The two most common types of connectors for electric vehicles (EVs) are Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1: It has a single-phase design. Most older plug in vehicles support this connector type.

Type 2: (IEC 62196-2): This connector is prevalent in Europe and is also known as. It supports both single-phase and three-phase charging.

When it comes to choosing the right electric car charger for your home, there are several aspects to bear in mind. It’s vital to seek advice from experts and here are essential points to guide your decision:

1. Charging Speed: Level 2 chargers typically offer a range of 7 to 22 kW in speed. The majority of homes have single phase supply which support a charging capacity of up to 7KW. Three phase supply (mainly commercial) support up to 22KW charging capacity.

2. Compatibility: EV chargers come with a type 2 connector socket are universal with all hybrid and electric vehicles

3. Smart Features: Look for chargers with advanced features like mobile app control for toggling charging, remote monitoring, and scheduling capabilities and some offer energy management and payment integration.

Installing Your Car Charger Once you’ve chosen your charger, consider these points for installation:

1. Qualified Installers: Ensure that a certified electrician and experienced specialist installs your charger.
2. Charger Location: Identify the most suitable spot for the charger at your home, considering accessibility, proximity to your parking space,
3. Electrical Capacity: Especially in rural areas, verify if your home’s electrical setup can support an EV charger. Professional electricians can assist with this evaluation and any necessary modifications.
4. Permits and Approvals: Depending on your location, you might need permits or approvals from local authorities before installation: Remove this point
5. Maintaining Your EV Charger Post-installation, regular checks are crucial for safety and efficiency:
6. Routine Inspections: Schedule frequent inspections to ensure your charger is functioning properly.
7. Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines: Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and safety, including using the right circuit protection: Remove this point as it comes under servicing
8. Familiarize with Safety Features: Know how to use your charger’s emergency stop or shut-off feature and ensure it’s easily accessible.

Are you eligible for the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant?

The SEAI scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point for a homeowners property. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle. For more information click here.

Eligibility Checklist:
  • You must be a private owner who bought an eligible EV from 01/01/2018
  • You must have dedicated off-street parking
  • The property can not be associated with a previous EV vehicle grant and charge point offer.
  • The vehicle has to be registered to the applicant and to the address of the property where the home charger is being installed (unless this is a Company Vehicle application)