Home EV Charger Guide Australia

Home EV Charger Installation

Well-designed home EV charger installation that suits you, your home and your EV. 

What do you want out of your home EV charger? How will you use it? Apart from the obvious size, style and appearance, it’s about finding the one that has the usability and features that are a priority to you.

Go with an experienced electrical contractor with high-level technical knowledge to get the right advice and recommendations.

A personalised EV charger setup that suits the installation location, your lifestyle and usage patterns makes all the difference when it comes to serving your needs best.

Choosing a home EV charger

Your installer can provide recommendations and advice on what’s possible and what’s not, to help find the best make and model home EV charger that suits your preferences. Your preferences should consider your lifestyle, home environment, existing electricity system, the user features you want and your budget.

Lifestyle preferences

We all use our cars and our home differently. This can be impacted by our job, family commitments, fitness regime, hobbies and more. For example, a single shift worker would have a very different routine to a large family. 

Here are some handy questions to reflect on when considering different makes and models of EV chargers:

  • When will you charge? Are you normally at home during the day or at night?
  • How often do you use your EV? Do you do longer trips or frequent short trips? 
  • Is overnight charging your preference? Or do shorter, quick charges better fit your lifestyle? 

Environment

Your home, driveway and garage have their own unique layout… life would be boring if everything was the same! Anyway, this calls for some planning to help find the best placement possible for your home EV charger and accommodate any quirks that might bug you later.

Where would you like to park your EV to charge it? This could be indoor or outdoor such as in a garage, driveway or rear of the home. This will impact your choices between a pole and wall-mounted EV charger models. Some models offer both mounting options.

Some other factors to think about:

  • Other vehicles that may need parking access while your vehicle is charging.
  • Is there protection from falling or moving objects (trees, garage doors, extreme sun)?
  • Adequate space in the immediate surroundings of your proposed location (safety and usability)?
  • Will the charger or its accessories pose a hazard for other vehicles or people walking past? 
  • Are there other electric vehicles to be charged? 
Home EV charger display
Home EV Charger Display

Features and usability

Models with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allow you to manage and monitor your home EV charger using an app or smartphone. Other features may support or complement other features of your home such as solar or smart homes. EV chargers are generally: 

  • solar system compatible
  • smart home enabled
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connective
  • app enabled 
  • weather resistant/tolerant.

Got solar?

Some home EV charger units such as the Zappi are ‘solar-aware’ with additional features making them more compatible with your existing home solar, meaning you can use your self-generated power to charge your EV. The Zappi home EV charger has the intelligence to manage your home energy consumption, redirecting power between your appliances and your EV – ensuring you’re always using your solar power over grid power.

Your home EV charger installer

Home EV chargers are hard-wired electrical appliances, meaning that installation must be completed by a registered electrical contractor, as required by Australian law. This means that all electrical work is undertaken by a qualified, licenced electrician and completed in compliance with Australian Electrical Safety Standards and the Electrical Safety Act 1998. 

Your home EV charger installation is a significant investment and expensive to fix or relocate. It is important to get it right the first time. A good electrical contractor equipped with experience and high-level technical knowledge will do a holistic assessment, including a review of the following:

  • Usage analysis and usability needs (including charger capacity)
  • Location and surrounding environment 
  • Positioning that fits your electrical system, users and the EV charger
  • Your home electrical system including your switchboard. 

On occasions, minor switchboard upgrades are required prior to home EV charger installation to ensure that the home electrical system has capacity for the new appliance and that it’s safe. Don’t risk damage to your building or wiring. Always use a licensed electrician for your own safety and to maintain your manufacturer warranty.

Home EV charger installation
A recent EV charger installation by Solstra

Our advice

Here is our advice for a quality, home EV charger installation:

  • Go with trusted brands for performance, warranty and ease of use.
  • Engage an experienced, registered electrical contractor for safety and compliance.
  • Check online for reviews and evidence of prior work.
  • Consider your lifestyle and preferences in advance and discuss this with your contractor.

Why risk hiring someone who hasn’t done it before, has minimal product knowledge and doesn’t know the tricks. 

Solstra can help you with expert advice on the selection of an EV charger with the capacity and features that suit you and your EV. 

Home EV charger quotation

Choose Solstra and get a quality home EV charger setup that works for you. 

Our team of qualified technicians can provide expert advice and recommendations to best suit you, your home and your EV. We would be pleased to provide you with a written quotation. 

  1. Reach out to our friendly team.
  2. Written quotation.
  3. Installation day.
  4. Ready to charge!

Home EV charger installation can take anywhere from two hours to a full day depending on the type of EV charger, the installation location and whether additional electrical work is required. We can schedule your EV charger installation at a time that’s convenient for you. 

Home EV charger installation

Solstra is a registered electrical contractor specialising in home EV charger installation across Melbourne, the southeast suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula. 

We supply and install quality home EV chargers from the best brands and provide well designed, safe and compliant installations with quality workmanship.

We install small-scale (single-phase) chargers and larger super fast (three-phase) chargers for homes, units, apartment buildings and more. Our qualified team of technicians can also assist with servicing, repairs and home EV charger accessories. 

All electrical work undertaken is compliant with the Australian Electrical Safety Standards and Electrical Safety Act 1998. We are a family owned business offering dependable, friendly service and straight up advice from many years of experience in the industry. 

Call us today on 0478 638 970 or make an enquiry online.

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