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Best Home EV Chargers UK 2023

Everything you need to know to choose the best home EV charger in 2023
Electric vehicles will soon dominate UK roads. Since the UK government pledged to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, EV chargers are increasingly becoming a motoring necessity. In the article, we are going to take you through our choices for the Best Home EV Chargers To Buy in 2023.

The consumer demand for EVs in the UK is undeniable. According to data gathered at the end of November 2022, there are more than 620,000 EVs on our roads with a further 440,000 plug-in hybrids. One-in-four UK households will buy an electric car in the next five years.

New Petrol & Diesel Cars: Banned in the UK from 2030


From 2030 onwards, sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK. New hybrids will still be allowed until 2035 as long as they are capable of ‘covering a significant distance’ in zero emission mode.

After 2035, any vehicle sold in the UK must be solely electric or another renewable energy source (hydrogen is the leading alternative at the moment). The EU has similarly announced its intention to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2035.

If EVs are the future, we're going to need a lot of electric vehicle chargers.

How many EV Charging Stations are there in the UK? 


The number of public electric vehicle charging stations across the UK increased a lot in 2022. As of September 2022, there are 57,613 connectors and 34,860 devices across 20,888 locations.

Electric vehicle charger companies have invested a lot of time and energy to improve the quality and performance of their residential and commercial EV charging stations. Continuous investment is needed for them to stay compliant with the ever-growing portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

There’s little to suggest that EV demand will decrease in 2023, especially when we’re likely to see the Rolls-Royce Spectre, Polestar 3 and Lotus Eletre Hyper SUV to hit the market.

2023 may well be the year that the Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen ID.3, Kia e-Niro, even the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will face significant challenge. Customers have more choice than ever before in the electric hecile market

Now, of course, more electric vehicles on UK means there is a need for more electric vehicle chargers. 2021 saw the largest annual electric vehicle registration increase on record (+70%).

There has never been a more better time time to learn what the best home EV chargers are. There's more than one way to charge your car.

What’s The Difference Between Tethered and Untethered EV Chargers
 

Tethered chargers are equipped with a cable that's attached to the EV charger, whereas an untethered charger doesn’t have a charging cable attached to it (you bring your own).

Most electric vehicle owners opt for a tethered charger. Convenient and easy to use, all you need to do is unravel the cable, plug-in the charging point as you would filling a car with petrol or diesel and transfer electricity to the vehicle battery. Typically, tethered manufacturer chargers are five metres long. However, lengths can vary between two-to-ten metres. 

However, it’s important to know that tethered chargers are restricted by having only Type One or Type Two connection types. So it’s important to make sure that any electric vehicle you buy is compatible with a tethered EV charger. 

Untethered chargers feature a detachable cable that can be stored in your car. They a bit less convenient than tethered chargers - but still widely used

Best EV Home Chargers of 2023

EV drivers charge their EVs at home 80% of the time, which means that more and more of us UK drivers are going to be installing EV home chargers soon. Here are our picks for the best EV home chargers to buy in 2023.

3. myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV Charger


Let’s start the list with an authentic, made in Britain EV charger – the myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV Charger. At £779 including VAT, the self-styled ‘British made awesomeness’ brand was founded in 2016 with a singular purpose ‘to provide energy independence and drive a sustainable future.

Here’s an overview of the myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV charger:
 
Features Yes / No
Residential EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Business EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC) No
Untethered (socket only) EV Chargers Yes
Tethered EV Chargers (6.5m) Yes
Smart EV Chargers Yes
Solar/Wind Compatible Yes
Warranty 3 years

Pros and cons of the myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV charger:
 
Pro Con
Has a formidable reputation for its smart EV charge points Significant competition for the capability of the charger
Solar wind compatible Limited colour options
Manufactured in the UK Does not offer DC charging

Key features of the myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV charger:
 
Technical Spec Zappi Smart Home EV charger
Earthing No earth rod required: built-in PEN fault
Mobile App Remote access through the myenergi app
Time function Boost timer to set charging times when tariff rates are cheaper
PIN protected Yes
Mounting location Permanent indoor or outdoor mounting
Charging protocol Mode3 (IEC 61851-1 compliant communication protocol)
 
Display Graphical backlit LCD
Charging current 6A to 32A (variable)
Connector type Type 2 tethered cable (6.5m) or Type 2 socket with locking system
Compliance LVD 2014/35/EU, EMC 2014/30/EU, EN 62196, EN62955:2018 CE certified
 

2. Easee Home EV Charger


A new player in the electric vehicle charger space, Norwegian brand Easee’s reputation has quickly gained traction in the Scandinavian region, and across Europe. Priced at just £655 including VAT and matching the performance of any EV charge point manufacturers, electric vehicle owners in Scandinavia and 17 European countries have already proclaimed their loyalty to what the brand claims is ‘the world's smartest electric vehicle charger.’

Here’s an overview of the Easee Home EV charger:
 
Features Yes / No
Residential EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Business EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC) No
Untethered (socket only) EV Chargers Yes
Tethered EV Chargers (6.5m) No
Smart EV Chargers Yes
Solar/Wind Compatible No
Warranty 3 years

Pros and cons of the Easee Home EV charger:
 
Pro Con
An established market leader in Norway Not compatible with solar
High quality manufacturing Does not feature a tethered version
Lightweight and easy to install Not much of a UK presence


Key features of the Easee Home EV charger:
 
Technical Spec Easee EV charger
Charging power Fully dynamic 1.4 – 22Kw (1 and 3 phase charging)
Infrastructure Up to three units per fuse load balancing without additional wireless infrastructure
Compatibility Load and phase balancing works both online and off
Performance 4G integration in each box (e-sim), complete with free lifetime subscription
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi compatible
Safety Integrated earth fault protection (Integral-type B RCD)
Wireless Integrated RFID reader (NFC / ISO 14443 and MiFare Classic)
Energy Energy measurement (+/- 3%) for reading charge consumption
Manufacturing Developed and manufactured in Norway
Size Sixty-nine percent smaller than competing chargers. Weighs just 1.5kg
Compatibility Fits all electrical mains and cars


 

3. Tesla Home EV Charger


Our third – and let’s be honest – most obvious electric vehicle charger belongs to the brand who pioneered electric vehicles and, as of the end of 2022, stands atop the podium as the UKs most popular electric vehicle manufacturer – Tesla.
Compatible with not just Tesla’s but all Type 2 electric vehicles, Tesla’s EV charger is the cheapest of the three, priced at a mere £499 including VAT. In 2020, Tesla surpassed a production volume of one million plug-in electric vehicles, making their chargers essential to consistent and reliable performance.

Here’s an overview of the Tesla Home EV charger:

Features Yes / No
Residential EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Business EV Chargers (AC) Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC) Yes (Tesla Superchargers)
Untethered (socket only) EV Chargers No
Tethered EV Chargers (6.5m) Yes
Smart EV Chargers Yes
Solar/Wind Compatible Yes
Warranty 4 years

 
Pros and cons of the Tesla Home EV charger:
 
Pro Con
High quality EV charger from a reputable EV company Only compatible with solar PV via the Powerwall
Easy installation Does not include SIM connectivity
Attractive sleek design Limited colour choice
Compatibility with power sharing Standard cable only extends to 2.5m. (Can be upgraded to longer 7.3m cable for additional cost
Notable upgrade on second generation charger  


Key features of the Tesla Home EV charger:
 
Technical Spec Tesla EV charger
Charging speed Wall connector is compatible with Model S, Model X, Model Y, Model 3 and all EVs with a Type 2 charging port. It delivers forty-four miles of range for every hour charged and achieves 16.6kW on Model S or X across a three-phase connection/48-amp output (depending on the model).
Voltage and wiring 1-phase 230 V L-N/3-phase 230 V L-L/3-phase 400 V L-L
Output Maximum 32A
Supported earthing scheme TN/TT/IT
 
Cable length 7.3m (24ft) or 2.6m (8.5ft)
 
Wall connector dimensions
 
Height: 345mm (13.6 in)
Width: 155mm (6.1 in)
Depth: 110mm (4.3 in)
 
Weight (including wire box) 6.8kg (15 lb)
 
Operating temperature -30 degrees Celsius to +50 degrees Celsius
Storage temperature -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius
Enclosure rating IP55
 
Residual current deduction Integrated (Type A + DC 6mA)
Wi-Fi specifications 2.4GHz, 802.11b/g/n (capable of receiving updates)
Charging status LED light strip
 
Certifications CE, IEC 61851-1 CB

Our Pick for Best EV Charger 2023 UK

For the cost, support available, and scale and reliability of the company, our pick is the Tesla Home EV Charger.

That said, all three of these Home EV Charger are excellent choices and all offer an excellent balance of capabilities and cost effectiveness.

Whether you already own a Tesla Model 3 or Hyundai Ioniq 5 – or are thinking about buying your first electric vehible, you can't go far wrong with the myenergi Zappi, Easee or Tesla Home EV chargers.

If you want to read more about the costs involved, including installation, taxes and subsidies available, have a read of our guide on the cost of EV charger installation.

With the increasing popularity of electric cars (here’s our article on why!), more and more people are also looking for parking spaces with electric car charging points. If you have a spare parking space with a charging point, why not earn some extra income by renting it out with Stashbee

 

Anthony

23rd Jan 2023

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