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Connecting small electric vehicle charge points

On this page you can find information on connecting small electric vehicle charge points at your home or business.

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. 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 electric vehicle 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. It is general practice that the installer would carry out any required applications for upgrade in supply capacity or notify us when the charge point has been installed. The property owner should ensure this is carried out by their supplier.  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 domesticlct@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 domesticlct@enwl.co.uk

Still not sure which email address to send your completed form to?

Use the questions below to help identify whether you need to Connect and Notify, Apply to Connect or Upgrade to three phase

  • Will the total electrical energy utilised within the property, including the electric vehicle charge point, exceed 13.8kW / 60 amps per phase? Applicable only to properties with Whole Current (WC) metering. The majority of residential and small business properties will be metered utilising WC metering. WC metering is generally utilised for supplies less than 69kW.
  • Does the electric vehicle charge point have a Direct Current (DC) output? Alternating Current (AC) charging is generally used at home, and DC charging is used in the street, in offices and often at service stations.
  • For properties with Current Transformer (CT) metering, is the maximum AC output of all electric vehicle charge points greater than 30% of the Maximum Import Capacity (MIC)? CT metering is generally utilised for properties with three phase supplies and power usage greater than 69kW.
  • For chargers that facilitate Vehicle to Grid (V2G); is the charger type tested to EREC G98 standards? Chargers must be type tested to G98 specifications to be eligible for connect and notify. This can be checked via the ENAs type test register. Chargers utilising G99 type tested equipment still need to apply for a connection
  • Are you employing a load management scheme to manage the import, or export (applicable to sites with V2G)? These are sometimes used to reduce the size of network connection required

For 'Upgrade to three phase'

If you currently have a single phase supply rated between 60 & 100A and now require more than 100A after your maximum demand/diversity calculations, you will need to send your ENA form to connectionapplications@enwl.co.uk. This is a chargeable service and the average cost of upgrading to three phase power, rated at 80A per phase is £5370.00.

Apply to connect

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

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Connect & notify

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

Notify us

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.

Process flow

A guide to electric vehicles

A guide to electric vehicles and charge points for domestic and business customers.

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

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Frequently asked questions

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