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Looking to get a Leaf in the not too distant future.
Who would you say is the most reliable self charger and installer ?

Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions | Pod Point About £900 as far as I can see.

EV Charge Point Specialists A few options here - £400 to £500 ? Not sure if thats with installation. I doubt it.

ChargedEV two options here- £400 to £500

What do you have ? How did you find your experience ? What do I need to look out for ?

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Oh - watching Maddie goes Electric on Youtube - there's another option. www.rightcharge.co.uk

Wow - £300 to £2300 depending on what charger i use. I like the site though seems to offer more information than the others. The Eva 07S-S by Project EV looks excellent for £300 ish. Any experience ?
 

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I'm amazed how much prices seem to have risen. We paid £160 after the OLEV grant in 2017 and a few friends paid similar prices at the time. I know that they now have to be the smart type, but surely it doesn't make that much difference? Today I noticed an ad from Myenergi offering "Smart EV Charging from just £195" with a Zappi charger. The (very) small print at the bottom of the page pointed out that this price did not include fitting!

Our charger is a Rolec so I have no experience of any other make. But after our experience of Rolec's after-sales service I wouldn't choose them again or recommend them to other people. I'm certainly pleased that I chose a tethered lead type - so much more convenient than rooting round in the car for the lead and having to pack it away again afterwards.

Your choice of installer depends mainly on your location, but be a little careful. We chose Aero-Holdings (later AeroCharge) of Newark who were one of Rolec's recommended installers. They failed to send us the required electrical installation certificate and have now gone into liquidation. Rolec are not being helpful about honouring their 3 year warranty, so it might be worth asking the manufacturer about what happens to the warranty if the installer disappears.
 

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I went for EO Mini Pro purely on looks. And regret it!

1. Were told we would get £100 discount if we were Octopus customers. Turned out everybody got the discount
2. The appointed installer came 250 miles. When the first unit packed up after a month, that made things awkward
3. Getting a new unit took several weeks with me having to call 2-3 times each week
4. The new unit still doesn't work properly. The green 'on' light is always on even when not plugged in
5. The past two charges have switched off e-pedal

I could go on! Agreed with previous reply, worth getting tethered
 

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For anyone who got their charge point installed under an OLEV grant it’s probably worthwhile raising a complaint with OLEV if you can’t get things rectified by contacting your supplier. It’s probably equally valid to do this if your installer goes into administration and nobody is taking responsibility to sort things out.

I think OLEV would be quite interested to hear that the terms of the 3-year warranty were not being adhered to.

The email for Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) enquiries is: [email protected]
 

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Thanks everyone. Yes - tethered definitely sounds like a lot less faff. This one seems to look ok EVA-07S-S by ProjectEV - anyone using this one ?
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I don't know that charger, but I recently had a conversation with Viridian EV who I'm talking to about a possible install in our council car park. They're nice people, so might be worth a chat to see if they have anything to offer.
 

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With respect you are not looking for a charger, what you are after is a charging point. The EV's onboard charger manages the whole fast charging process. You will get recommendations based on nothing more than I have had a charging point installed; the installation looks neat and it works. The questions then are 'will it still be working in 3 years' and 'how easy is it to fix'?

Might I suggest that you have a look at these guys:


I had an issue with my 18 month old Rolec and the Viridian offered some very helpful and detailed advice. They are a British firm; well regarded and well known to many people on this forum. I have no personal or business relationship with them just in case anybody asks.
 

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Charger prices have changed a lot over the years but there are a number of reasons for this:
  • Most now have to have an earth spike which is more work although material cost is low
  • All have to have a data type connection now and this added, for the chargers we fit, £150 to the cost of a charger for little/no customer benefit
  • OLEV are cripplingly hard to deal with and payments, claimed for domestic customers by installers, are highly admin heavy (16 pages +)and can take months and months to be paid, wrecking cashflow
I see cheap prices all the time for some chargers but god knows if customers actually end up charging those prices. Many seem to be guides or 'from', etc. It's very confusing for customers.
 

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I used rightcharge. They referred me to a smaller supplier who offered the charger I was interested in (which is their business model apart from if you happen to be Maddie Moate). Happy enough, but they are really just brokers from what I saw.
Tethered is fine if the charger is out of the way but for me untethered was the only sensible choice, I didn't want to look at a big black cable looped up at the front of the house all the time for the one day in three I was going to use it.
 
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