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I am going to be placing an order for my first EV soon, and will be getting a 32A 7kw chargemaster point installed in my garage.

I was recently thinking about the install of this, and have a couple of questions.

1 - Can a charge point be mounted to a timber building? All installs i have seen have been to brick build buildings, but all out buildings on my property are of timber construction, which includes the garage.

2 - Should i get a cable installed down to the garage now in readiness for the install (left loose both ends) or wait for chargemaster when they do the install? I ask as i have an electrician installing some new sockets in the conservatory, and though whether i could get him to install a cable to the garage for the charge point

It should be noted that my garage and charge point location is a little less than 150 feet from the main CU, down a narrow but long garden. My garage has power to it, however the cable is only 4mm, off of a 16A breaker. I could just replace this cable, which would involve digging it up from under a concrete patio, so not something i'd like to have to do really.
 

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The timber building is no problem.

As for running the cable now: are you going to save money by doing that? If not then I would leave it to be done all as part of the charger install job so that the installer can verify, certify and guarantee the whole install.
 

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The timber building is no problem.

As for running the cable now: are you going to save money by doing that? If not then I would leave it to be done all as part of the charger install job so that the installer can verify, certify and guarantee the whole install.
Thanks for the quick reply
I thought that might be an answer. I did think this myself, but wanted another opinion really. I suppose it also assures i get warranty on all work too.
 

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It's certainly well worth doing the digging yourself (or using your own cheaper labour than a chargepoint-specialist electrician). However, it really needs to be agreed with the electrician before you start - you are asking them to sign the "design" box on the certificate as well as "construction", so they need to be able to specify what type of cable you are burying and check that you've done it to their satisfaction rather than just being presented with a cable already in the ground.

Most installers would be happy to quote you a lower price with you doing the digging work.

If you are tied to Chargemaster for some reason ("free" install with the car?), and if they won't cooperate, then you could consider getting another electrician to work with you to get a sufficiently large supply into the garage, from which Chargemaster can then come along and do their "free" install on that. It does run the risk that they don't then like what you've given them.
 
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