Electric Car Charging Points
A home charge point makes owning an electric car so much easier and cheaper. You can stop planning every trip around charge point locations and make sure your electric vehicle is fully charged before every journey. In partnership with British Gas, the RAC can help you to select and install a charge point at home.
Thanks to over 170 specialist electric British Gas engineers we cover the UK
Your charger is rigorously tested and comes with a 3-year warranty
Installing a home charge point is as convenient as possible thanks to our video home surveys
What's included with your home charge point?
- A 7kW electric car home charger
- Installation by a certified British Gas engineer
- 3-year warranty
- 24/7 support from a trained support team
- Manage charging on your mobile with the Hive app
The home charge points you can choose from
You have the choice of two fantastic chargers from Alfen, one of Europe’s established charger manufacturers.
(removeable cable, not included)
*Prices are inclusive of VAT and include the OZEV grant of £350; charger make and model subject to change. Excludes any additional work required by your energy network provider (also known as your Distribution Network Operator/DNO).
How you can use the Hive app with your home charge point
The Hive app gives you full control of your home charge point. It makes charging more convenient and efficient, helping you save money. Just park, plug your charger in and control the charging through the app.
Manage your charger from your smartphone
Check if your charger is plugged in and how fast it’s charging
Monitor your spending and set to automatically charge when the rate is cheaper
Monitor your charging
See your daily, weekly and yearly charging, in cost and kWh
Optimise your battery life by setting charge limits in the app
It usually takes around 4-6 weeks to install your home charge point. This is because we need to get permission to connect to the electricity grid from your Distribution Network Operators (DNO). We’ve made this process as simple as possible.
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Answering your questions on charge points
Q. What’s the difference between a tethered and untethered unit?
Tethered chargers have a fixed cable in the charger which you can’t remove, whereas untethered chargers have a Type 1 or Type 2 socket to plug your charging cable into. This means you can unplug the cable from the charger when your charging’s finished.
Q. What’s the OZEV Grant?
It’s a government grant to reduce the cost of installing an electric vehicle charge, provided by OZEV (the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) as part of the Electrical Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. You can see a list of requirements here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
Q. Is my home eligible for a charger?
It’s best to get in contact with us to see if your home is eligible. But in general, homes built before 2008 may need some additional work before a charger can be installed. And if you live in a high-rise apartment and not on the ground floor it may not be possible as it’s likely you don’t own the wall the charger will be placed on.
Q. Will I need to have a dedicated parking space?
To be eligible for the OZEV grant, homes need to have designated, private off-street parking directly linked to the home. You wouldn’t be able to install a charge point if it means running cables across frequently used pathways because of safety concerns.
Q. If I don’t own my home, can I have a charger?
If you’re renting or own a leasehold, you’ll need to get permission from the landlord or freeholder before getting a home charge point installed.
Q. Can a charger be installed in a flat or apartment?
If you have shared parking, rather than your own dedicated parking space, we’re unable to install a charge point for you right now. Generally, if you live in high-rise apartments or flats you don’t own the wall the charger will be mounted on, which is what can stop you being eligible.
Q. How long does it take to install a home charger?
After your Virtual Home Check is completed, it usually takes around 2-4 weeks for your charge point to be installed as we’ll need to get permission from the DNO. Once approved, standard installations usually take 2 hours, but this depends on the home.
Q. What’s the DNO and how long do they take to approve applications?
The DNO stands for the Distribution Network Operators. They’re licensed to distribute electricity in the UK and own the electrical services powering your home.
They have 10 business days to respond to the application. If the DNO need to investigate more before approving, they’ll need to contact you directly to chat through more details.
Q. Can I cancel my order?
Yes, you’ll have a “cooling off” period, so you’ll be able to cancel the agreement as long as it’s before the installation has been completed.
Q. What’s a Load Management Device?
The DNO has a maximum load they allow a domestic property to have, which is normally 60, 80 or 100 amps. If you can’t upgrade the allowable load of the home, you may need a Load Management Device. If this is the case, British Gas will install a Matt:e RC or TC, to disconnect the charger when the electrical load of the house exceeds a pre-set limit (defined by the DNO). This stops you having a costly and intrusive upgrade work to your electrical services.
Q. What’s not included?
Costs conducted by the DNO that aren’t included in a standard install. For example:
- Installation of an isolator switch if you’re not a British Gas energy customer (regulator OFGEM needs energy supplier or DNO to complete)
- Upgrading the main fuse (DNO needs to complete as it owns network)
- Upgrading network infrastructure (DNO needs to complete as it owns network)
Additional work could include:
- Earth Bonding
- Replacing the main consumer unit
- Groundworks, such as connecting cables to external buildings