In this blog we aim to answer the main questions associated with Pod Point EV chargers including why buy a Pod Point, what is a Pod Point and how much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle with a Pod Point at home.

What is a Pod Point? 

Pod Point EV chargers are safe, dedicated chargepoints which are installed on electrical circuits specifically designed for the purpose of handling car charging loads. Pod Point chargers charge electric vehicles much quicker and more safely and conveniently than a 3-pin plug. Available in a range of outputs, Pod Points are suitable for domestic, workplace or public installation.

Why Buy A Pod Point?

As one of the UK's leading providers of EV charging solutions, Pod Point are a recognisable and trusted brand when it comes to home and public EV charging. Pod Point chargers are compatible with major automotive brands including Audi, Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai and are the chosen brand of EV chargers for property developers such as Barratt Homes and Berkeley.

Aside from their safety and reliability, one of the biggest selling points of Pod Point EV chargers is the intuitive App. Packed with handy features, the Pod Point App allows you to manage your home charging, view your charge data and access public or workplace chargers on the Pod Point network to name just a few.

Solo 3 models - the new generation of domestic Pod Point EV chargers - benefit from the ability to receive software updates via Wi-Fi meaning they can obtain new features, receive software fixes and allow support teams to perform remote diagnostics.

Meanwhile, commercial Pod Point chargers can be added to the Open Charge Network which allows them to appear on the Pod Point App, potentially increasing footfall and revenue for businesses.

How Much Does it Cost to Charge with Pod Point at Home?

Costs associated with any home EV charger include the cost of the unit itself, the installation and the cost of your current electricity tariff. At Electricpoint we price our Pod Point units competitively so you can be assured of a good value EV charger. 

Installation must be carried out by a professionally qualified installer which ensures the safety and effeciency of the unit. The government are currently running an OLEV grant scheme which could provide a 75% (or £350inc.vat) contribution towards the purchase and installation of an EV charge point. However, changes to the eligibility criteria of the OLEV EVHS grant are due to come into effect in April 2022, so it is important to make sure you are aware of the changes and the deadlines for applying for the grant. 

To work out how much a full EV charge will cost, follow this formula¹: Tariff(e.g 17p/kWh)*Battery Size(e.g54kWh)/100.

Following this formula we can work out that charging an average sized EV battery of 54kWh with the current average domestic electricity rate in the UK of 17p/kWh will cost £9.18. This should provide you with around 200 miles of charge. It is important to note that electric cars generally only require a top up charge, rather than a full charge.

Many energy providers now offer tariffs specifically designed for electric vehicle owners which could make a substantial difference to the cost of charging your vehicle at home so it is always worth comparing your current tariff with an EV tariff from a range of providers. This EV Energy Tariff guide from Money Saving Expert provides more information on electricity tariffs for EV drivers.

Which Pod Point Should I Buy?

In 2021, Pod Point released their newest EV charger, the Solo 3. This new model provides the same fantastic performance and functionality as the Solo 2 models but has improved durability and is up to 45% smaller, making installation easier and more attractive.

Whilst stock lasts we will continue to supply the Pod Point Solo 2 range alongside the Solo 3 range. The table below should help you to decide which Pod Point charger is most suited to your requirements, however, if you need more information you can see our blog post comparing the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 charging cables or you can contact our team of friendly experts who will be happy to help you.

 

New Model Previous Model Output Cable Type
S7-UC-3 *S7-UC-6MA-2 7kW - Up to 30 miles of range per hour Universal EV Charger - Compatible with Type 1 & Type 2 Charging Cables (Cable Not Supplied)
S7-2C-3 *S7-2C-6MA-2 7kW - Up to 30 miles of range per hour Tethered EV Charger - Comes Complete with Fixed Cable for Type 2 Vehicles

 

If you are interested in purchasing commercial Pod Point models, please contact our dedicated team at pod.point@electricpoint.com for further information.

If you need help deciding what EV charger is right for you, would like to take advantage of our Price Promise or perhaps have a large order to place, give our team of professionals a call on 0203 994 5470, drop us an email at sales@electricpoint.com or use our Contact Form.

¹please be aware that energy rates can fluctuate and you should check with your current energy provider for the most up to date cost per kWh.