FITTING A CHARGE POINT IS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE

FITTING A CHARGE POINT IS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE

The number of municipal charge points continues to grow and charging managers (the companies that fit charge points and manage the electricity supplies to them) are also starting to offer the option of a charge point in the street for any user requesting one. There will be more and more charge points, particularly in car parks used by the public, whether they are on ground level or below it, thanks to the fact that the royal decree regulating charging managers has been brought up to date and this will make it easier for hotels, shopping centres and companies to have EV charge points installed. Even so, it is a good idea to have a private parking space and to have your own charge point fitted where you can charge your vehicle regularly. Doing this is not so hard or such a bother as you might think. From Plataforma LIVE, we have developed workshops under the name of “Charge your vehicle at home, clean and easy” in order to answer any questions that arise when installing a home charger for your electric vehicle. In the last edition of Expoelectric, we held the workshops in our exhibition stand and they were a success. We will keep you updated about future occasions to participate! For now, here there’s some information that may be of your interest.

To charge an electric car, no large fittings or advanced technology are needed. Indeed, you can charge it with a conventional plug, although this could take over 20 hours because this type of plug is not very powerful. It is therefore better to fit a wallbox so that you can charge it faster. You will need a separate circuit for the wallbox of no more than 9.2 Kw. Because you will want to remain on good terms with your neighbours, the best thing is to have your own plug rather than using the community one. This way the electricity bill will come straight to you. Even so, you will have to ask the Community of Property Owners or company that manages the building for permission in writing and keep a copy of it. It is not necessary for permission to be approved at a general meeting of the Community. As electricity metres tend to be centralized on the ground floor of buildings, it is not so hard to run new wiring to either of the basement floors. Ideally, it should be run from your home’s electricity metre so that your household and vehicle’s electricity consumption are unified, since this will always be more economical. If your parking space is not in the building where you live, ask your electricity company for a new energy supply connection for you so that you can charge your car. 

Another option is to have another metre connected to the main Community metre and each month you will be charged for the cost of your car’s consumption. In this case, however, you will have to convince your neighbours. Once you have decided how to go about it, you will have to hire the services of an authorized electrician so as to guarantee the quality of the work and safety of the wiring. If the parking space is not in your home building and it is rented, for instance, you will need the owner’s consent and a new circuit will have to be added specifically for your car so as not to overcharge the existing ones. 

As for the price, since the idea is to charge the vehicle overnight when the off-peak rate applies and electricity costs less, it is unlikely that this will coincide with much consumption by other devices and so your agreed capacity should be sufficient. If you have to upgrade the capacity, 1 Kw more power will cost about €53 more a year. As for the final cost of the installation, with the wallbox, fuse box, wiring, and labour, it will cost between €1,000 and €1,600.  However, bear in mind that with State subsidies–the former Plan Move and Plan Movalt and the new Plan VEA (see https://www.xataka.com/vehiculos/plan-vea-asi-son-las-ayudas-a-compra-de-coches-electricos-en-espana-en-2018) that will shortly be available–, it should turn out to be almost free, since the car dealer selling the vehicle must pay up to €1,000 plus VAT of the cost of the installation of a specific charge point or else offer a discount for it. 

If you do not want to deal with it yourself, there are more and more companies that install and manage charge points at highly competitive prices, such as Lugenergy, Bettergy or Pluggo

There are also the EV charging managers that we mentioned at the beginning. Rather than the owner paying for the installation, energy supply connection and all consumption, it can be done through a charging manager: a company that is not an electricity company but instead provides EV charging solutions and is able to resell electricity. They are many charging managers, depending on the autonomous region, as you can see in the following table: https://sede.cnmc.gob.es/tramites/energia/gestores-de-carga

In this case, the new energy supply connection, electricity metre and charge point are paid for by the charging manager to whom the user pays an agreed monthly amount. That is, in this case, you pay for the service and for consumption. Charging managers tend to offer packages (including a certain number of kWh) or flat rates. This is a very useful solution for big garages or for people hiring a parking space (when they give the space up, they stop paying rent and the charge point service fee so the charging manager simply takes the charge point away and it all reverts to how it was before). 

The other option is to request a new energy supply connection with a main metre for various different charge points. This is what is known as a core network. As many secondary electricity metres as might be needed for the charge points can then be connected to the main metre.

In short, it is not hard to get a charge point fitted although you will need a specialist professional, but it is much easier than wiring a house. You will not need any kind of permit. Just ask your neighbours and ask permission if you are not the owner of the parking space. It will not cost more than €200 or €300, an investment that is a very worthwhile idea for EV users.

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