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I need a home charger for imminent arrival of EV6. Browsing for a home charger, it looks like OLEV providers have stitched up the market such that prices are fixed. I'd welcome any suggestions on charger types and competitive suppliers. TIA
 

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I need a home charger for imminent arrival of EV6. Browsing for a home charger, it looks like OLEV providers have stitched up the market such that prices are fixed. I'd welcome any suggestions on charger types and competitive suppliers. TIA
It's actually quite a complicated question as it really depends on your needs and wants. There is everything from something not much more than a plug to some really clever high tech chargers which plot plot tariffs and have link in with your solar generation if you have any. On the high tech end there is the Ohmy, Zappi and Hypervolt.

At the lower end your choice might depend on your electrical installation as some have differing earthing requirements. I'd get a couple of installers round and pool their advice. On most units now there is a 3/4 week lead time but some are longer. I'm going to make do with the granny charger and local supermarkets for a week or two.
 

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I ordered a Pod Point and got install this Wednesday. Booked it 2 weeks ago.

Only reason I choose Pod Point was I recognise the name and they did the whole package. Should have probably gone with Zappi or Hypervolt.
 

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Hi, i've done a good bit of research on these chargers and cannot go past Hypervolt which i have on order.
I've done the same but they are quite top end and won't suit all use cases. For example, use of solar was big for me. The built in pen fault detection and the measurement of maximum house current to avoid overloading. I also really like the tech development plans and updates they have planned. Zappi would have been a good choice too but I can't help thinking they will be releasing the new hardware platform soon is a Pi with OTA updates. I think Hypervolt will come with a few rough edges for six months or so but I can live with that.

I would guess that many users will use the charger as the dumb end and just use the car App to do their planning which is fine and cheaper for sure.
 

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Start talking anything regarding renewables or green credentials and contractors start seeing pound signs. They’re practically writing off the ev charger grant we’re entitled to but it’s just an excuse to charge more. For example the Hypervolt is approx £670 to buy however I’m being quoted well over £1000 with grant allowance for a charger that’s going to be fitted about 3ft away from my consumer unit and will take around 30 mins to fit.
 

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I've been using a Chargemaster (now BP Pulse I believe) for the last 3 years and it has done everything I have needed. Supply and install at the time was around £800.
It's a "dumb" charger, so not much more than a socket, but as long as the car is smart enough to be able to programme in departure times, and preferred charging times, you should be good to go.
I have read reports of some people who went for the so-called smart chargers and have ended up being more trouble than they are worth - YMMV.
 

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Octopus energy from £575 for tethered smart meter. £795 for Zappi.....which I don't need as I don't have solar panels - or expect to get them. They also do a 5p/kw off peak charging rate....but my normal rate would increase by 5p/kw:(. I calculated that I would have to do 50 full charges (which I wouldn't get anywhere near) a year to break even.

Pulsar plus seems to have good reviews.
 

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They are Hypervolt's approved installer in my area, using the quote form on the Hypervolt site. I found a lot of other companies were charging £1200+ for supply and fitting, then taking the £350 off that. Seemed a bit 'have your cake and eat it' to me.
Can I ask where you find the list of approved installers as I can not find this on there site?
 

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Anyone simply installed their own charger?
In fairness for anyone who knows what they are doing its not a massive job, nothing really is if you have the ability, tools and test equipment, the main issue for me is the peace of mind its been installed and fully tested by an approved installer and comes with a warranty and as it draws so much electricity if there was an issue your have someone to fall back on so for peace of mind I persoanlly would want it installed and get the approvals etc.
 
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