Selecting the Right EV Charger: Key Considerations for Installation

Selecting the right electric vehicle (EV) charger involves several considerations to ensure seamless installation and optimal performance. From property suitability to visual aesthetics, energy tariffs, parking logistics, and even solar integration, exploring these factors will guide you in making an informed choice.

Property Suitability

When installing a new EV home charger, your property’s electrical capacity is vital. Houses equipped with a 60 Amp main fuse might need an upgrade before installation. Contact your electricity network operator (DNO), such as UK Power Networks for East of England. Chargers with ALM (active load management) can limit the load capacity, allowing the charging rate to adjust, but additional costs may apply.

Design & Pricing

While EV chargers serve the same purpose, their differences lie in appearance, size, and cost. Consider how an EV charger integrates with your property. Opt for discreet chargers like the EO Mini-Pro3 or Ohme ePod for compact options or explore design-centric choices like Easee or Andersen A2 with customizable finishes.

Parking & Cable Length

Choose the most convenient location for parking your EV. Consider charging positions—side, rear, or front—and installation options on external walls, inside/outside garages, or on posts if the vehicle parks away from the house. Cable burying may be necessary in certain cases.

Energy Tariffs

Select a charger compatible with your electricity tariffs. Chargers with scheduling abilities through mobile apps allow you to optimize cheaper rates. For tariffs like Octopus Agile, the OHME Intelligent charger is ideal. Explore energy providers offering EV-specific rates for better savings.

Solar Integration

For solar integration, consider chargers like the Myenergi Zappi for optimal solar power utilization. The Zappi syncs seamlessly with Myenergi’s Eddi (energy diverter) and Libbi (home energy storage). Technical information and products available at