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Hi all,

I used to have a Nissan Leaf and I am planning to get back into the EV world with a Tesla later in the year. In the meantime however we are due to move house in the next few months and I was wondering whether people would move their home charger with them? The people buying don't want its but also don't mind if I leave it so I can't figure out whether its more trouble than its worth to have it removed and then reinstalled?

As far as I can see I would be eligible for another one, with a discount, when I move and buy another EV? Is there a general approach to things like this amongst EV owners?
 

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I would have thought that there would be drawbacks to this. Firstly would there be a need to terminate the end of the cable currently going into your charger from the house supply? I would also imagine that for the costs involved would not differ greatly by the time you have removed and refitted your existing charger, then to go clean with a brand new charger. My other concern would be, and this depends on the charger you already have, install costs for an existing charger might be a lot higher if you need to get an earthing rod installed. Also there is the question of the warranty, would this be invalidated as it has changed registered address? There are probably others out there better qualified than I to advise you, but I would probably go with a nice new charger at my new home and use the existing charger as a nice selling point for my current home. It is fast becoming one of things people will look out for. Good luck with your research
 

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I looked into this and read you need to seek authority from the OLEV scheme to move it as it is registered as being at your current address. The max allowed under OLEV is 2 per house (with qualifying car purchase) so you would effectively block one of the house"s slots if you took it away
 

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I'd move mine. I have zappis and the cost to get two of those even with the grant is considerable. Get the wiring put in, even to meet the current regs, isn't that complicated for an electrician to do. Buying a charge point that meets all the criteria to be eligible for the grant isn't cheap now, most cost at least as much as the grant so the wiring still needs to be paid for.
 

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Also need to tell Olev if you sell the original car !
 

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I did move mine. It's a first gen Zappi, so not cheap to buy in the first place. My new house has solar, so I would have been buying a new Zappi if I'd left the old one behind. I sold my old house to my parents, who have no intention of getting an EV anytime in the foreseeable future, so it would have sat unused apart from when I visit every few months.

But it was expensive. It would have been cheaper to get a "simple" new chargepoint. And that was with me uninstalling it myself. It took the electrician most of the day to get it installed at the new house because of a long, slightly complicated cable run. Mind you, materials were dearer than a "standard" installation because he used armoured electrical and cat5 cables and a Matt:E box rather than an earth rod.
 

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I moved house, and took my 5 year-old, OLEV-funded charger Rolec with me. OLEV only have any conditions for the first 3 years (or that was the case when mine was originally installed). They used to have a SIM card-enabled usage meter inline. The SIM had expired and it wasn't really doing much good. I decided not to include it in the re-install to simplify things.
Got a competent person to safely remove everything back to the consumer unit (including the armoured cable) and make good, then got an electrician who specialised in EV charging to do the re-install at the new address following current regulations (earth spike now required - it wasn't before), and do all the DNO notification work. £250 to the electrician, which is cheaper than I could have got a freshly installed unit for.
 

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I moved mine. Our friendly sparky charges £50 for it.
 

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I'd never move mine, it's now over 6 years old and I'd rather install a new charger which hasn't got aged components inside it. It's an old Chargemaster unit that consumes a constant 20 Watts and their failure is well known. I know the connectors are rated for many thousands of insertions but it's in a fairly harsh environment outside and a new charger would come with a new lead and connector. Selling the house with a charger might also sway the new owner into going electric sooner. Depending on the new house, I would look to install solar panels and it would therefore make more sense to install a smarter charger. My current house has a loft extension with a flat roof on the side which would otherwise point south so unless there is a step change in efficiency of solar panels there would be little point installing them.
 

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I'd suggest that the components inside (and outside) a typical chargepoint should have a useful service lifetime of at least ten years (works as supplied).
Of course, there's now better designed units available now than ten years ago, and some functions available on newer kit that could only have been dreamt of ten years ago, like PEN fault detection, solar divert, tariff following.
There's also design flaws (Rolec's well-documented RCBO failures, Chargemaster's excessive standby - did they fix that on newer units?). At least Rolec will happily supply parts for free for known manufacturing flaws, even out of warranty.
Type 1 is also a slight issue. If I left the old type 1 charge point, it wouldn't be suitable for the majority of cars on the new or second-hand market now. The buyer of my old house would likely have had to at least get the tethered cable and holster changed.
 
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