Which electric car charger is right for you?

One of the first questions we ask our customers when we are discussing are talking the best EV car charger for them, is whether they want a tethered or socketed car charger.  Often people are unsure or are unaware of the benefits that each option offers them.  If you would like to know more, read on!


tethered electric car charger has a charging cord integrated within it. This gives the convenience of plugging your EV in as soon as you arrive home, without having to first find your cable.  Winding the cable up after use avoids the chance of you driving over the cable and damaging it. Other things to consider include whether you live on an open street/estate or have private parking. Whilst all electric car chargers can be locked, you may want to consider the visiblity of the charge point cable, as well as the risk of damage. In addition, how far away you park your car from the home charge point will have an effect.  Some chargers only offer a 5m cable, whereas others will go up to 10m cable length.

Untethered (socketed)

An untethered home electric car charge point means that you will need your own charging cable to connect the EV and the home charging point. Some EVs come with a charging cable as standard, while others offer the cable as a costly optional extra. Less convenient than the tethered alternative, this relies on you finding your charging cable to charge your EV at home. However, a choice of charging cables of different lengths is less restrictive when parking your car at home.  The risk of damage is also significantly reduced. If you have a current Type 1 socketed car, an untethered charger allows you to future-proof, as you can just upgrade your cable in the future.

Thinking about buying a home electric car charger? 

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Alison Whitfield

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13 June 2024
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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.

Not sure if you are eligible?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

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 

Not standard installation?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.