With infinitely more electric vehicles sold each quarter, residents within the nation’s capital are witnessing an EV revolution. From Manuka to Mawson adoption rates are soaring, as more and more households take the plunge into a post-petrol world.
Offering many practical benefits and a bucket load of karma, electric vehicles are the favoured new vehicle purchase choice. And, with attractive financial incentives and a charger network expansion plan underway, making the switch is even easier.
Yet while external charging solutions remain underdeveloped, charging one’s vehicle at home stands as the ideal solution. If you are considering taking the leap into the EV world you have come to the right place. Whether you are seeking a new charger or greater efficiency from your current, an EV charger installer can help.
What makes a great EV charger installer?
The best EV charger installers devise integrated solutions that makes powering your drive a breeze. If you’re looking for a licensed electrician to help with your installation, we suggest considering the following:
- Qualified, licensed, insured. Installing a home EV charging station is a complex and technical process that requires specialist knowledge and expertise. Hence, as with any electrical work, ensure your installer’s qualifications, licensing, and insurance are all up to date. Importantly, ensure any works are completed alongside a certificate of compliance.
- Reputable. Often the best EV charging station installers are also the most reputable. Backed by years in business and many satisfied customers, they are established names within the local industry. Here recommendations from family and friends are incredibly helpful, along with suggestions from car dealers themselves.
- EV installation specialist. Although any qualified electrician can install an electric vehicle charger, not all are innately aware of current standards or innovations. From safety compliance through to solar connectivity there is plenty to consider. Unlike generalised electricians, EV charging specialists instal stations on a regular basis, easily placing them ahead of the pack.
- Solutions centric. While universal charging products exist, there is no one size fits all universal charging solution. The best EV charging installers harness their expertise to devise solutions befitting client need. Factoring in physical variables, existing power capabilities and desired outcomes, they present options that service both current – but future need. Three things to look out for in any proposed solution are convenience, compatibility, and time savings.
- Transparent pricing. Installing an EV charging station does require an initial investment outlay. And although it is minimal when compared to the savings provided over time, it pays to review pricing. All great installers happily provide transparent quotes, with full specifications and itemised costing included. Therefore, when reviewing contractor quotes, be sure to compare apples with apples, noting any exclusions and optional extras.
The best EV charger installers in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
From humble beginnings in 1994, family owned and operated Detlev’s, have grown into one of the regions most respected electrical companies. Servicing both commercial and residential markets, this award-winning team brings over eighty years collective experience to the table.
With an ethos embedded in the notion of electrical intelligence, Detlev’s service offering encompasses three key pillars: appliance installation and repairs, residential and commercial general electrical, then home automation and net zero.
Their dedicated team of experienced, licensed, and accredited electricians, take pride in delivering market leading personalised service. Known for their approachability, they adopt a solutions centric approach working in full transparency with clients.
Now, with a dedicated net zero offering, Detlev’s offers end-to-end support for all sustainable energy needs for the home. As an approved sustainable household contractor, the team assists clients in both installation and optimisation to maximising a systems solar efficiency.
For electric vehicle drivers, the team at Detlev’s offers a comprehensive installation service for home-based charging stations. Dedicated to devising compatible solutions that maximise each EV charge, they simplify the process, recommending the best charging station to suit both household and vehicle needs.
From understanding 1 versus 3 phased supply and plug types, through to sockets, cables, and even charging from solar, their insight and knowledge is invaluable. For each enquiry Detlev’s offers a preliminary site evaluation, recommendation, quotation, and final installation. Moreover, post installation they are readily available for software support and any subsequent maintenance. Centrally located in Hume and servicing the entire region, Detlev’s are our pick as one of Canberra’s best EV charger installers.
As Linda Maxwell shared on Google, “I was very pleased with my dealings with Detlev's Electrical - they kept me well informed on the progress of my job and the service person who carried out the repairs was very professional and efficient.”
With over forty years in business, Complete Electrical Service stand as one or the regions best. Director Stuart McMaster and his team of fully licensed electricians are renowned for their quality workmanship, competitive pricing, and integrity.
Based in Mitchell, Complete Electrical Service offers range of services from solar through to heating and cooling. Importantly, they offer complete installation services for home-based EV chargers.
Indhi shared this sentiment on Google, “The whole experience was fantastic. Fred, who came to do the quote and Rami & Brock who did the electrical work were very courteous and professional. Very happy I reached out to them for the work!”
Ngunnawal based True Connection Electrical, are a full-service electrical company specialising in the residential market. Their team of fully qualified and certified electricians pride themselves on delivering high calibre electrical servicing.
Passionate about the EV space, they are up to date with the industries latest innovations. Offering a range of installation services they can assist with site surveying, electrical wiring, charger installation, testing and inspection, along with maintenance and support.
Janice Dalton had this to say on Google, “Absolutely recommended Tim from True Connections Electrical. From first contact the service was responsive, on time and professional.”
Founded in 2015, Electric Vehicles Canberra specialises in electric vehicle solutions for the home, business, and leisure. As specialists in EV supporting technology, they offer a range of services including charging point, solar, and solar battery supply, installation, inspection, and servicing.
Director Mark Hemmingsen brings over twenty-five years of electrical experience, and is the president of CanberraEV, the local branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.
Customer Maris Stipnieks shared this testimonial, “Did an excellent job with a tricky installation of a Tesla wall connector in my garage. Mark is very knowledgeable and competitive price wise.”
Before making that EV purchase, take a look at the best places to buy an electric car. Alternatively, check out our articles on the best electric skateboard shops and the best electric scooter shops in Canberra. And, for other electrical services check out our pick of the best electricians the region has to offer.
Your experience with EV charger installers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I install an EV charger myself?
Installing an EV charger safely requires expert knowledge of both a home’s electrical system and the charger itself. As such, a qualified and licensed electrician must be used to install any home EV charger. Many reputable companies offer packages for the supply and installation of level 2 home EV chargers, so reach out to one to find out more.
How much does it cost to install an EV charger at home?
Installation costs can start from about $3,000 to upwards of $4,000 for a level 2 EV charger covering both the supply and install. These costs are of course variable, depending on the type of charger and complexity of installation. To make life a little easier, contact your local specialist installer.
What is a universal EV charging station?
Essentially, a universal EV charging station comes without an attached charging cable, allowing for use of the vehicles charging cable instead.
Is there a solar compatible EV charger?
The good news is that if you are already solar enabled, several solutions already exist making it easier to harness stored energy. Recent developments have even seen the release of a combined solar invert and EV charger, allowing for direct charging from rooftop solar. For options and advice contact your local EV installer.
How do I install an EV charger if I live in an apartment?
While many new apartment complexes now include EV charging stations, most existing complexes do not. If you live within an apartment and wish to have an EV charging station installed, the first step is to check with body corporate who can provide advice on the building’s electrical capacity along with applicable requirements or restrictions. From here an EV charging station feasibility study is usually required, along with the gathering of quotes, before submission for vote by the committee.