Ev Charge - Home charging

We know that there is a lot of information out there on electric vehicle charging solutions and a lot of terminology which may be confusing and slightly overwhelming.

Confused by your tethered or untethered options, unsure on your acronyms – then look no further with our handy guide to explain some of the technical terms you may or may not be familiar with:

  • IP65 Protection – IP65 rated means that the charger is protected from dust particles and low pressure water jets from any direction, as well as condensation and water spray.  So you can be confident your charger is safe from the elements.
  • IP54 Protection – IP54 rated means that the charger is protected against contamination from limited amounts of dust and other particles.  Additionally, they are protected from water sprays in all directions.
  • Split Power Output – Chargers have the ability to charge multiple vehicles simultaneously
  • Tethered / Untethered – A tethered charger means that the charging cable is permanently attached to the charging unit.  Once you have completed your charge you simply coil the cable back onto the charging unit.  Many tethered charging units have the option to choose different cable lengths depending on your charging requirements.
    • An untethered charging unit is supplied with a universal socket and can be used with any cable, including the cable supplied with your electric / hybrid vehicle.
  • DNO Submission / Notification – Your Distribution network operator (DNO) is the company that owns and operates the power lines and infrastructure that connect the national grid network to your property.  If you are planning to install an energy device in your home or small business, you are required to notify your DNO and register your energy device.  The installation of an EV charge point requires mandatory notification to your DNO via a submission form.  As part of your installation our team here at CHARGE will complete the submission on your behalf and notify you once this has been processed and your installation can take place.
  • OZEV / OLEV – OZEV > Office for Zero Emission Vehicles | OLEV > Office for Low Emission Vehicles // To align with the Government’s net-zero ambitions, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Government unit responsible for overseeing the transition to zero-emission cars and vans, was renamed to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in November 2020.
  • OZEV Grant – The UK government offers grants to support and encourage the use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).  Previously known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) the new EV charge point grant provides up to 75% funding towards the installation cost of a new electric smart charge point at domestic properties.  From the 1st April 2022 the OZEV grant no longer includes homeowners as eligible applicants for funding.  Landlords, Apartment block owners, social housing providers and tenants are eligible to claim for the EV charge point grant providing the eligibility criteria is met.  For more information on the OZEV grant please take a look at our OZEV grant information page.
  • Earth Rod / PEN Protection – Earthing is used to protect you from any kind of electric shock.  The majority of our charging solutions have built in PEN fault technology which allows the charger to detect a PEN fault which will fully disconnect the charger from the live, neutral and earth supplying the charger.  This will also fully disconnect any connected electric vehicles and will eliminate the possibility of an electric shock making the charging solution a safe option for home and work place charging.
  • Mains Fuse Board – A mains fuse box, also known as an electricity board or fuse board is designed to operate and safeguard the electrics in your home and it is important that you know where your fuse board is located.  The fuse board distributes electricity safely from the mains supply to individual circuits around a property.  The majority of fuse boards are located inside your property or in your garage, our team will need more information on your fuse board as part of our technical survey to make sure your installation can take place.