With local charging points located (see last month’s edition) I had found temporary solace, a safe charging harbour in my electric voyage. However, no matter the amount of local charging stations, it will never replace the convenience and availability of home charging. The installation delay gave me some time to think about the best location for the charger.
Fortunately, the circuit breaker for the house is located near the front door. The only fly in the ointment is a porch in front. Nonetheless, the Pod Point Engineer was not overly concerned and with a liberal amount of power tool usage the electric feed was routed through.
I was concerned about the rigidity of the cable but it managed to flex just enough to avoid looking ungainly in the porch and can easily be hid by our shoe rack. Externally, I wanted to ensure that the end product was as subtle as possible, fortunately the cable neatly blended into the existing house paintwork which gives the impression of a ‘floating’ installation.
We had selected a socketed 7kW charging point as opposed to a tethered unit, I wanted to ensure maximum future proofing as we did not want to be tied to a specific charging port type.
Although it is early days yet, we are aiming to only have electric cars in the future so a 7kW capable home charger was critical. 40kWh batteries are already available on the market and so our next car will likely have a higher capacity than the Leaf. Larger batteries take longer to charge and it seemed a false economy to opt for the standard Pod Point S3 (3.7kW). The circuit board itself was rather diminutive, arguably the charger could be made much smaller, but perhaps the internal space is being used to keep the charger at the correct temperature?
Overall I am impressed at the appearance of the charger, it blends in as much as any externally mounted charger can. Perhaps I will build a box for it in the future, but for now it will suffice.
By my calculations I should only need to charge once a week, but it is a big relief to have it available for whenever I need it and be happy in the knowledge that only a few hours are needed to charge the Leaf in case of emergency.