Electric vehicle charger installation
At O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Coopers Plains, we offer electric vehicle charger installation services for both residential and commercial properties. If you’re based in Cooper Plains or the surrounding areas, contact us today to find out more about what we can assist you with.
Home EV charger installation
Our team can work with you to find the best way to install an EV charging system in your home. We work out all of the fine details before installing the system, such as configuring your home charger to work on the grid connection for your property. We do this to ensure that your charging experience is safe, efficient and effective every time you use it.
We understand that EV chargers are supposed to be energy efficient, which is why we use the latest technology and industry expertise to install high-quality chargers that don’t waste energy. We work quickly and competently to ensure that the EV charger installation is seamless, allowing you to enjoy a fully-charged electric vehicle every time.
Commercial EV charger installation
We can also set up and install EV chargers for commercial spaces for guest and staff usage across the region. We have the latest tools of the trade and components for multi-station installation, ensuring that your commercial space has all of the charging points it requires. Our team works to your standards and can provide bespoke installations that perfectly fit your existing space.
The benefits of installing an EV charger at your business
Installing an EV charger at your place of business has a lot of benefits, such as:
- It draws in customers to your location because they want to charge their EV
- Customers stay at your location for longer while they wait for their EV to charge
- Your brand is associated with environmentalism
- You can opt to setup paid-for charging stations as a secondary revenue stream
We are able to retrofit apartment and commercial buildings and install multi-user charging platforms in commercial installations.
Most Electric Vehicles have two charging sockets, one for AC charged at home or the workplace and one for DC charging at high-speed charging stations.
AC Charging stations deliver mains AC current to the vehicle, requiring the on-board charger to rectify the AC current to DC and manage the charging process. AC Charging is slow to medium speed.
DC Charging stations deliver high voltage DC Current direct to the vehicle battery, bypassing the vehicle’s on-board charger. DC Charging is medium to fast speed.
Residential charging through a powerpoint is usually ‘slow charging’, with around 2.2-7 kWh of power provided. ‘Fast’ and ‘Ultra-fast’ charging generally supply 22-350 kWh of power through a specialised point.
There are two main factors that determine how fast the electric vehicle will charge: The speed of the charging station the maximum supported charging speed of the EV itself. For example, if an EV only supports a Max speed of 3.7kW and plugged it into a 7.4kW charger, it will only charge at 3.7kW.
Types of EV chargers
Existing power point (10-15 Amp, Single Phase used in combination with a specialised cable (Supplied with the vehicle).
- Will add between 10 and 20km of range per hour plugged in
- Will top up daily use, but will not fully recharge a typical electric vehicle overnight
- Generally used only in home environments
Dedicated AC EV Charger at up to 22kW (32Amp, 3 phase)
- Will add between 40 and 100km of range per hour plugged in (depending upon the vehicle)
- Will top up daily use in an hour or deliver a full charge overnight
- Generally used in homes, apartment complexes, workplaces, shopping centres, hotels, etc where a vehicle will be parked for a period of time
A dedicated DC EV Charger at power levels 25kW to 350kW (40-500Amo, three phase)
- Will add up to 150km of range per hour plugged in
- May fully recharge some EV in 10 to 15 minutes
- Generally used in commercial premises and roadside locations for a quick top up
Why choose us for installation?
At O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Coopers Plains, we work hard to deliver quality results on every project we work on.
For more information on pricing and to talk through your specific requirements talk to O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Coopers Plains today.
Our team of expert electricians are electricians that you can trust to:
- Listen and work with you to achieve exactly what you want to achieve
- Are reliable, turning up on time, and working hard to get the job done
- Knowledgeable, able to utilise years of experience to get the job done right
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to charge my EV?
Charge times for your electric vehicle will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have and the power source you are connecting it to.
Some fast-charge EVs can enjoy charge times as short as 15 minutes if they use an ultra-rapid station to charge up. They provide up to 350kW of power, so charging is lightning fast. For 100kW chargers, you can expect it to take around 40 minutes to charge an EV if you have a high-spec vehicle.
If you’re using a standard household socket to charge your EV, then it can take anywhere up to 40 hours to receive a full charge on a 100kWh battery.
How far can you travel in your EV on a single charge?
The range of your EV will vary depending on the make, model, and age of your vehicle. Older, first generation models can often only manage around 100 km before needing a recharge. Newer models, such as the latest Hyundai Ioniq, can reach ranges of up to 300 km.
What types of EV chargers are available?
At the moment, there are three main types of EV charger available, which include:
- Wall socket chargers: These are standard power supplies found in your home and you can use these powerpoints to charge your EV. They do take a significant amount of time to recharge your EV.
- Dedicated power supply boxes: These are designed with EVs in mind and provide a suitable power supply for EV charging. You can install a dedicated charging point at home or at work to cut back on recharge times.
- Fast chargers: These are usually found at petrol stations and are designed to offer incredibly fast charging speeds for EVs. You can charge your car in about an hour with these chargers.
How much does it cost to charge an EV?
The cost of charging an EV will largely depend on your location and the battery capacity of the EV. To give an example, the average price for electricity in Australia is about $0.25 per kilo Watt-hour. You’ll need about 18kWh to travel for 100 km in your EV, which equates to around $4.50.
It’s also worth noting that the price changes between peak and off-peak electricity rates.
Traditional vehicles require about 11 litres of fuel to travel 100 km, which is about $16.65 if you’re paying $1.50 per litre. Even the most efficient diesel engine can only manage 5 litres to reach 100 km, which equates to about $7.50. So across the board, EVs are much cheaper to run than traditional vehicles.