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Connecting an EV charge point

The motor industry is transforming at a rapid rate with the use of electric vehicles (EVs) on the rise as the UK strives to meet ambitious carbon emission targets.

EV charge point- Apply to connect

Once you have reviewed the process flow chart, complete this ENA application form and email it to connectionapplications@ enwl.co.uk

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EV charge point-Connect & notify

Once you have reviewed the process flow chart, notify us by completing this ENA form and email it to G98notifications@enwl.co.uk

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Electric vehicle process flow chart

This process flow chart will help you determine when you need to notify us about your installation and when you will need to make a new application.

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At Electricity North West, we are supporting this transition and investing in our network to ensure that it is fit for a future where low carbon technologies are commonplace in all UK homes and businesses.

Installing an EV charge point

You should start by contacting an accredited electric vehicle charge point installer to confirm whether your electricity supply is adequate to support the charging point.

Provided there is no problem with your electricity supply or the equipment which joins your internal wiring to our electricity network, named the 'cut-out', you can install the charge point.

Please refer to this process flow chart to determine whether you need to use this form to 'apply to connect' or 'connect and notify'. If you need to ‘apply to connect’ please send completed 'apply to connect' forms to connectionapplications@enwl.co.uk. If after following the flow chart you only need to 'connect and notify'; once you have installed your charge point, please send your 'connect and notify' forms to G98notifications@enwl.co.uk

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To submit your application, you will need:

  • Location plan
  • Site layout plan
  • Manufacturer's specification sheet

For installers of multiple charge points a spreadsheet version of the form is available.

Guidance for installers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Code of Practice on Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation provides guidance for installers and confirms their responsibilities.

Specifically it outlines the installer’s responsibility to:

  • Assess the adequacy of the supply capacity for the new EV’s electricity consumption, plus any existing electricity demand, before installing the charging equipment
  • Assess the adequacy of the earthing, before installing the charging equipment
  • Notify your electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) once the charge point has been installed. If you are in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and parts of Derbyshire and Cheshire; this is Electricity North West. You can use our post code tracker to verify your supplier and DNO.

Electricity North West owns and maintains the electricity network of overhead lines and underground cables that bring power to 2.5 million homes and businesses in the North West.

EVs can use as much electricity as a domestic power shower, but for much longer, which can have a significant impact on demand for electricity on that part of the network.

It’s therefore important that you talk to us about your charge point installation so that we can assess whether the local electricity network and your site have enough capacity to meet your charging needs. For larger projects, we may need to build new infrastructure which will affect the time and cost of your project.

Approximate connection costs and timescales

The costs and timescales for connecting your charge point to the electricity network will depend on the number and size of your charge points. The information below should be used as a guide only as costs and timescales will vary according to available capacity on the network.

Installing a slow charger at a residential home will usually not incur a cost from Electricity North West, although you will still incur a cost from your installer. However, if you install a fast charger, you may incur a cost for your connection.

 Size of installation Size Number of charge points Connection time Approximate costs
Small up to 70kVA (residential or small office) 1-3 fast or one rapid charge point  8 – 12 weeks £1,000 – £3,000
Medium 200kVA – 1,000 kVA (small business or car park) More than 3 fast or more than 1 rapid charge point   8 – 12 weeks £4,500 – £75,000 
Large Above 1,000 kVA (large car parks and commercial premises) Multiple fast/ rapid charge points >6 months £60,000 – £2 million 

 


Connecting charge points on the public highway

Local authorities and customers without off-street parking may wish to install charge points on the public highway. These charge points must be installed to the appropriate standards to ensure a safe and reliable power supply for those charging their vehicles and for the rest of the public.

In the majority of cases where a charger needs to be on-street you will need to request a new connection which is separate to any other existing supply and which is separately metered. The meter should be housed in a position which is maintained and accessed by the customer. It is not permitted to run charging cables across public footpaths so on-street charge points will normally be located at the kerbside.

It is also sometimes possible to connect a single charge point to an existing unmetered connection such as a street lighting column, providing certain criteria are met.

Installers who are not installing charge points on behalf of the local authority should ensure that they have the relevant permission from the authority before installing on-street charging facilities.

For more information on design standards for installing EV charge points, please refer to the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment 

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