Low advertised prices for chargers – not quite what they seem…

We’ve all seen it, whether it’s EV chargers or new cars or website hosting. For a very low price a company can provide you with the solution to your requirements. Excellent.

Or not.

In the case of low prices for EV charger installations that you may have seen online, the reality may be quite different. Just read the following post from a well known EV forum…

For reference, this person lives in Scotland where they currently benefit from two grants but their findings paint a rather unfortunate picture of advertised prices.

Why is this the case? Why aren’t prices as shown on adverts? There are a number of reasons but primarily they centre around the following:
Every home installation is different and so requires different materials and amounts of work. For example:

  • You may need a mini consumer unit as your main consumer unit (fuse box) is fully utilised and the charger cannot be connected to it.
  • You may have fuse box in the middle of your home requiring cabling to run inside your home which may need floorboards lifting or ceilings drilling to feed cabling.
  • You may need your charger to be an unusually long distance from your fuse box resulting in more work and material cost to run extra lengths of cabling.
  • Plus there’s larger diameter cabling for some connections, difficult routes for the charger cabling, an old fuse box for which parts are no longer available, no room for earth spikes (if required), etc.

In addition, advertisers know that the old trick of quoting a low price to generate customer enquiries and then selling them something more expensive can work. Good for them but not so good for you.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some instances where installations are completed for the advertised prices but, based on the experiences of the above person, it may be prudent just to double check what you’ll actually pay before committing.

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