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Pod-Point Solo 3 EV charger review

At last Pod-Point have redesigned their home electric car charge point…

The old one (Solo 2) was a huge disc 400mm in diameter, silver with a black stripe and reminded me (before wheely bins) of an old dust bin lid.

Thank heavens they’ve listened to people and launched an impressive redesign.

The Pod-Point Solo 3 home charge point looks much sleeker, and I’d even be reasonable happy sticking it on the side of the house to charge my Ioniq 5.

They’ve not made massive styling changes either but changed it just enough to give it a smaller footprint and a modern futuristic look.

Size wise it’s now 290mm wide by 300mm high, which is a significant reduction from the Solo 2.

The only disappointment is Pod-Point haven’t taken the opportunity to add any new futures or change the physical key locking device into a virtual lock on the app.

It would have really stepped things up a notch if they’d included solar panel connectivity like Hypervolt, or even solar and battery connectivity like Zappi. Currently only Zappi has solar and battery connectivity, giving them clear blue ocean.

Keeping the physical key lock (which costs extra) is a strange one, as they’ve gone for a futuristic design, yet still expect people to use a key to lock it when it could’ve been a button in the app.

Everything else is the same. Same power options. Same cable length and you can still have a socketed (use your own cable) or tethered (cable attached) version.

The reason the Solo 2 got a 5-star review originally was because it had a built-in load management safety device, and this is no different with the Solo 3 home charge point.

…meaning, the now aesthetically pleasing Pod-Point Solo 3 gets a thumbs up and 5 stars too.

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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

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Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

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