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How much does an electric car charger cost?

The demand for electric vehicles is increasing, and they are becoming popular in the UK due to their environmental benefits and potential for cost savings. One of the critical aspects of owning an electric vehicle is ensuring you have the right charging setup at home.

The charger’s cost depends on the vehicle type and voltage required. There are three types of EV chargers- Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging. Level 1 charges are the most basic, using a standard household outlet to charge your car, which can take up to nearly 24 hours for a full charge.

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In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss the cost of installing an electric car charger so that you can navigate the process smoothly and efficiently. Whether you are new to electric vehicle charging or upgrading your charging setup, this guide will help you in all ways.

Let us understand the types of charges and their feature to know how cost is determined.

Level 1 Chargers

These chargers are the most basic and require only a standard 120-volt AC outlet (in the US) or a 230-volt outlet (in the UK and Europe). They are equipped with a standard three-pin plug that can be used in any household outlet of your choice.

Usage- Level 1 chargers are ideal for overnight charging. This can also be used for vehicles with small batteries and limited daily usage. This is for daily office going users, who can charge at night and go on a fixed route every day.

Cost Details- The standalone unit can cost between £100 to £200. Installation costs are minimal, depending on your place and the type of equipment required.

Level 2 Chargers

These chargers require a 240-volt AC outlet and provide a significantly faster charge than Level 1 Chargers. This makes them suitable for all types of electric vehicles, big or small batteries, and both can be charged.

Some of the Level 2 Chargers have features such as scheduled charging, real time charging data and integration with the home system.

Usage- Level 2 Chargers are recommended for the most of EV owners due to their balance of cost and charging speed, making them ideal for daily use. Sometimes, owners do not have time to wait for long hours to charge; in those situations, Level 2 chargers will have an edge with their fast charging.

Cost Details- The Level 2 Charger units with essential functions can cost between £400 and £800, and they are high tech and have additional connectivity and controls costs from £500 to £1000.

Installing costs can vary depending on your house’s current electricity capacity and distance from the power source. Installing a 240-volt line can cost around £300 and £1000.

DC Fast Charger

These chargers use direct current (DC) to charge the electronic vehicle much faster than AC chargers. They have complex systems that require a robust electrical infrastructure. This is not recommended for single use owners.

Usage- DC Fast Chargers are mostly found in commercial and public charging stations due to their speed and high voltage. These chargers are suitable for home installation because they require high voltage power, which will increase the cost and bill.

Cost Details- Purchasing a DC fast charger can cost anywhere from £10,000 to £40,000. Installation charges may vary depending on the site, as well as the necessary power upgrades and additional services required.

Installing Costs

Installation costs may vary depending upon various factors; these are not fixed or mandatory prices but can be required if the situation arises. Some of them are:

Electrical Upgrades

If your home’s electrical system needs an upgrade to support a level 2 charger, this could involve installing a new circuit breaker and running heavy duty wiring from your electrical panel to the charger location. Costs for these upgrades can range from £200 to £1000 or even more.

The cost of electrical upgrades depends on the complexity and length of cable required.

Permits and Inspections

Installing an EV charger may require a permit from local authorities. This can cost you from £50 to £200, depending upon the rules and charges of your local area.

After installation, an inspection is needed to ensure the setup complies well with the electrical safety regulations and is safe for you and your neighbours.


Some local governments or energy suppliers offer incentives and rebates for using electricity during off peak hours for EV charging. The Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) provide up to £350 off the cost of purchasing. Before installing cross, check with the provider and local government for terms and conditions of the incentives and savings.


Installing an electric vehicle charger at home is worth an investment. This not only increases the convenience of owning an EV but also contributes to substantial long-term savings. One can make a wise and well-informed decision by understanding the different types of chargers and their usage.

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