Recharg­ing your elec­tric car at home

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Costa Living - Ask the Ar­chi­tect By Juan Pacheco

We have looked at the dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able for recharg­ing our new elec­tric car in the past. We in­ves­ti­gated where and how, and how much fi­nan­cial aid was avail­able to help us with the cost of the elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion.

This week we will push on to other ques­tions that may be of in­ter­est when in­stalling the recharg­ing points. How much does an elec­tric

car charg­ing point cost? Well, it de­pends. If you are go­ing to buy it, the price can range between ap­prox­i­mately €700 and €1,500. It hinges on sev­eral fac­tors.

The type of wall power base, or wall-box that you choose. It can be just a nor­mal brand of elec­tri­cal power base and that is it, or a de­sign of your car man­u­fac­turer. You can have one pro­tected by key or by Ra­dio Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) card (so that no­body uses the base but you).

It can in­clude one or sev­eral recharg­ing sock­ets. It can in­clude a recharg­ing ca­ble. It may also in­clude a timer, or a con­sump­tion me­ter, etc.

The length of the wiring that is nec­es­sary to reach the recharg­ing point from the main fuse box. The more me­ters, the more ex­pen­sive.

Amount of work­man­ship re­quired from the elec­tri­cian. If the in­stal­la­tion is more com­plex (for ex­am­ple if it has to get to a base­ment from the ground floor), more hours of work re­quired by the elec­tri­cian the more ex­pen­sive will be the re­sult.

In gen­eral, you will not be far out if you cal­cu­late that you will have to spend up to €1,500 to in­stall your own recharg­ing point in your garage.

Do not for­get that the in­stal­la­tion must com­ply at all times with the manda­tory tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions that af­fect it: In Spain, it is the Low Volt­age Elec­tro-Tech­ni­cal Reg­u­la­tions, and in par­tic­u­lar the Com­ple­men­tary Tech­ni­cal In­struc­tion num­ber 52.

When you in­stall the wall­box, re­mem­ber to ob­tain from the elec­tri­cian the bul­letin, or cer­tifi­cate of in­stal­la­tion ac­cord­ing to stan­dard. Where to ask to in­stall a

recharg­ing point Not all elec­tri­cians may be apt for the job. As with so many things, it is al­ways more ad­vis­able to use some­one that has some ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness.

You could deal with it di­rectly and hire the in­staller that most con­vinces you. Y ou should know that there are some com­pa­nies (well, few re­ally) that are spe­cialised in the sale and in­stal­la­tion of charg­ing points for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. If you get in touch with them, they will know ex­actly what to do.

Apart from com­pa­nies spe­cial­is­ing in the sale and in­stal­la­tion of charg­ing points for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, you can also con­tact a charg­ing man­ager, who can not only sell and in­stall the recharg­ing point, but also the elec­tric­ity, in­stead of your nor­mal elec­tric com­pany.

Some car deal­er­ships can ad­vise you about the in­stal­la­tion of the charg­ing point.

Keep in mind that some car deal­er­ships can ad­vise you, and ei­ther man­age it them­selves, or re­fer you to a trusted and ex­pe­ri­enced in­staller. I strongly rec­om­mend the lat­ter ap­proach as it could save you from many un­nec­es­sary prob­lems be­cause this is a rel­a­tively new busi­ness.

You could also ask the com­pany that sells you the elec­tric­ity. What to do if you do not own

your park­ing space? All the above in­for­ma­tion on charg­ing points for an elec­tric car is fine if you own a garage or park­ing space, but, what if you do not own one? Well, in this case the task be­comes a bit more dif­fi­cult, but not im­pos­si­ble.

Un­for­tu­nately, if you park on the street you can ob­vi­ously for­get about in­stalling a recharg­ing point for your elec­tric car.

You will have to see if any of the other recharg­ing op­tions that we dis­cussed in my first ar­ti­cle can be of help (if not, I would sug­gest you dis­card hav­ing an elec­tric car for now).

If you have rented a park­ing space, then you should try talk­ing with the owner.

There are sev­eral al­ter­na­tives that you may pro­pose:

You bear all the cost, this op­tion is a bit un­wise, un­less you have the cer­tainty that you will be let­ting that park­ing space for many years.

That the owner pays the full cost and uses it as a ben­e­fit for their park­ing space ren­tal. If you leave the park­ing space, there will be the recharg­ing point, the wiring and ev­ery­thing else for the owner of the car park, but it will be use­ful for the next per­son who wants to rent it. As a ‘spe­cial’ place, the owner could ad­ver­tise it as an ex­tra fea­ture, and even charge a lit­tle more on the monthly fee (sim­i­lar to rent­ing an apart­ment with a lift or air con­di­tion­ing).

If the owner is not up for this, you can try to ne­go­ti­ate a half-price op­tion: the owner pays for the wiring in­stal­la­tion and you for the wall-box.

The day you leave that park­ing space, you dis­con­nect the wall-box, un­screw it and take it wher­ever you go, all the wiring would form part of the car park.

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