What to expect during an EV Installation
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
What will a good installer do
Things they should commit to doing and deliver
Discuss installation options, location of charger etc with you before they start
Obviously a good neat installation
Supply an electrical installation certificate
Notify the electricity supplier that the charger has been installed and provide proof
Test with an EV test adaptor to prove everything is working correctly
Make sure that the charger is connected to an app on your phone and demonstrate the main features.
Most chargers come with at least one current sensor (CT clamp), make sure this is functioning and providing reasonable results. For Zappi chargers with mutiple CT clamps make sure these are configured correctly and if possible prove solar charging etc operates.
How can you help
Create an account on the app for your chosen charger
Read a bit and watch a couple of videos before the install, then you can gain more from the demonstration and probably remember more.
Clear the area around where the charger is going and on the cable run.
If you already own a car ideally it should be available to test with the charger once installation is complete, but not essential as the installer will have tested the functionality before hand.
What specifics to check on the installation
These are items that are required but some may skip to save money
You don't need to be an expert, ask the installer to show you
Where is the surge protection device (SPD),
Nearly all chargers require a type A RCD or RCBO
Are all the cables neatly connected inside boxes
Is the cable run neat, straight and well supported