Recharging your electric car at home
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.