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Hello,

I am very very new to this world of EV,

I am getting. company car HYUNDAI KONA EV Premium ( was supposed to be Tesla but lockdown killed it )

I have no idea where to start ??

- Home installation - in Scotland we get a Gov grant they cover some cost and the dealer recommends someone who installs called JORRO
I have not idea what's best regards
- charging point options :
  • Project ev
  • eo mini pro
  • easee
  • zappi
  • rolec
  • evbox
  • Ohme
these are the options given by the Jorro , are they the best or shall I look else where ??
I use Octopus for electricity

it asks me what unit I need tethered or socket ??

do I want to buy a separate cable ?? do I need to ??

regards charging on the road what do I need to do ?? what's the best place to have an account with or for ??

any help advise would be highly appreciated .

Thank you
 

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these are the options given by the Jorro , are they the best or shall I look else where ??
I used Jorro after recommendations from acquaintances. Very happy with the service they provided. I filled out the form on their website then had a chat to one of their technical people afterwards who made a few suggestions and gave me the quote. Everything was dealt with through email (my preference) and replies were very quick. They were available to fit within a couple of weeks I think. The guys that did the work were very efficient and did a tidy job. My install was pretty simple: charger and earth rod outside, run a cable across the hallway in trunking and wire it in to a 6 month old consumer unit that had plenty of empty slots in it. No idea how they'd do on a more complicated install, but I have no reason to doubt their abilities. Only caveat is that they don't have local knowledge (at least for where I am), so that might hinder something really complicated.

I got the 7kW Project EV charger. It's a fine socket, but most of the "fancier" features seem a bit half hearted. The app isn't great, the instructions are confusing and setting it up is a bit of a faff. But I now just basically plug in and it works without any problems. I've only had the charger for a few months though, so time will tell how well it lasts. My energy tariff has a peak time and an off peak time. The charger has settings and stuff to support this, but frankly it was easier to just use the charge scheduling on my car, so my charger is literally being used as a socket.

In terms of the grant, you can get the OLEV grant from the government, and an extra cashback award from the Energy Saving Trust. Jorro sorted out the OLEV grant and gave me instructions on how to get the EST cashback. It was all fairly painless, but it boils down to I had to pay something like £600-700 to Jorro (charger and install after OLEV grant) and then got credited the £350 EST cashback at a later date directly from EST. So although your quote might say your charger costs ~£300 (or whatever), your initial outlay is higher, but it all works out in the wash. In fairness to Jorro, they did make this pretty clear when I spoke to them.
it asks me what unit I need tethered or socket ??

do I want to buy a separate cable ?? do I need to ??
I went for a socket charger and use the cable that came with my car. I had no real justification for this, as I wasn't bothered by socket or tethered.
regards charging on the road what do I need to do ?? what's the best place to have an account with or for ??
Can't help here, I drive a PHEV so don't use public charging.
 

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Jorro are a large reputable company, so I'd have no concerns about using them.

Which Octopus tariff are you on? Agile needs specialist support, most EVSE support Go.
  • Project ev - cheap Chinese product, very poor App, no support for Agile
  • eo mini pro - smallest, neatest solution but doesn't support Agile
  • easee - quality Norwegian product aimed at the business market - no support for Agile
  • zappi - high quality and ideal if you have solar and want to charge from that - not the cheapest.
  • rolec - lots of problems with these historically
  • evbox - not much experience of this, mainly a commercial solution, no support for Agile
  • Ohme - best support for Agile but repurposed pEVSE so not the physically highest quality product or most attractive
I'd go tethered - untethered requires you to use your cable that you use when charging on public posts and hence you have to get it from the boot and return it to the boot after each session - winding up a wet lead is no fun on a cold wet morning.

The only reliable Rapid chargers are Osprey and Instavolt - anything involving BP seems a lottery.
 
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Hello,

I am very very new to this world of EV,

I am getting. company car HYUNDAI KONA EV Premium ( was supposed to be Tesla but lockdown killed it )

I have no idea where to start ??

- Home installation - in Scotland we get a Gov grant they cover some cost and the dealer recommends someone who installs called JORRO
I have not idea what's best regards
- charging point options :
  • Project ev
  • eo mini pro
  • easee
  • zappi
  • rolec
  • evbox
  • Ohme
these are the options given by the Jorro , are they the best or shall I look else where ??
I use Octopus for electricity

it asks me what unit I need tethered or socket ??

do I want to buy a separate cable ?? do I need to ??

regards charging on the road what do I need to do ?? what's the best place to have an account with or for ??

any help advise would be highly appreciated .

Thank you
Many people prefer to have a tethered unit at home to avoid the trouble of removing the lead from the car and then replacing it after charging, for possible use when out and about - many free top-ups at shopping centres are free but you need your own charging lead for those.

On the road, in Scotland many of the charging points are run by Chargeplace Scotland (CPS), many of which were free but may not be now...

Later edit - just seen that some of my comments have already been made...
 

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You're in good company here! Very knowledgeable and friendly lot - and more than willing to share their advice! One port of call that you should make is Zap-Map. It is a really good introduction to the world of EV's and a great source of info for all aspects. You'll find SpeakEV is a great forum!
 

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Thanks CDLB , dk6780, davesaul and sizzle chest ,
thank you so much for such prompt reply , its been really helpful.
I shall get in touch with Jorro ...
 

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Jorro are a large reputable company, so I'd have no concerns about using them.

Which Octopus tariff are you on? Agile needs specialist support, most EVSE support Go.
  • Project ev - cheap Chinese product, very poor App, no support for Agile
  • eo mini pro - smallest, neatest solution but doesn't support Agile
  • easee - quality Norwegian product aimed at the business market - no support for Agile
  • zappi - high quality and ideal if you have solar and want to charge from that - not the cheapest.
  • rolec - lots of problems with these historically
  • evbox - not much experience of this, mainly a commercial solution, no support for Agile
  • Ohme - best support for Agile but repurposed pEVSE so not the physically highest quality product or most attractive
I'd go tethered - untethered requires you to use your cable that you use when charging on public posts and hence you have to get it from the boot and return it to the boot after each session - winding up a wet lead is no fun on a cold wet morning.

The only reliable Rapid chargers are Osprey and Instavolt - anything involving BP seems a lottery.
thanks for the detailed info on all ,

looks like I will go of OHME , its seems the most sensible one ,
think tethered maybe the option , hope the car has cable in it .
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Hello,

I am very very new to this world of EV,

I am getting. company car HYUNDAI KONA EV Premium ( was supposed to be Tesla but lockdown killed it )

I have no idea where to start ??

- Home installation - in Scotland we get a Gov grant they cover some cost and the dealer recommends someone who installs called JORRO
I have not idea what's best regards
- charging point options :
  • Project ev
  • eo mini pro
  • easee
  • zappi
  • rolec
  • evbox
  • Ohme
these are the options given by the Jorro , are they the best or shall I look else where ??
I use Octopus for electricity

it asks me what unit I need tethered or socket ??

do I want to buy a separate cable ?? do I need to ??

regards charging on the road what do I need to do ?? what's the best place to have an account with or for ??

any help advise would be highly appreciated .

Thank you
If you go with Jorro, tell them you want a Viridian charger, totally bomb proof, easily fixed if it should need it by any sparky.
 
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