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
||Number of charge points
||up to 70kVA (residential or small office)
||1-3 fast or one rapid charge point
|| 8 – 12 weeks
||£1,000 – £3,000
||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
||Above 1,000 kVA (large car parks and commercial premises)
||Multiple fast/ rapid charge points
||£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