How to get an Electrical Connection for EV Chargers

The number of Electrical Vehicles (EV) on the roads are predicted to grow from 3 Million to 125 Million by 2030. With this growth will come a significant increase in the number of EV chargers.

Today, EV Chargers are a frequent fixture at service stations and multi-storey car parks, but to be able to service the forecast exponential growth of electric cars and vehicles, EV Chargers will need to become a day-to-day fixture in almost every place we park a car – whether outside leisure facilities such as restaurants, cinemas, shopping centres, or a private drive outside an individual’s home.

With the installation of a new EV charging point comes the need for a connection to the distribution network.

Rock Power Connections has a wealth of experience in connecting EV chargers to the network.

STEP 1: Identify what your current supply agreement is for

Your premise will have an existing supply agreement in place with the Distribution Network Operator for the amount of electricity you can draw from the network.

STEP 2: Identify whether you can simply increase your supply agreement or need a new connection

If you only need a minor increase in supply, i.e. you only plan on installing one or two EV Chargers, you may be able to change your supply agreement with the DNO. This will all depend on whether the existing cables and switchgear are sized adequately for your increased demand.

If not, i.e. if you are looking to install Rapid EV Chargers, you will need a new supply to your premise to cover the amount. The DNO will not let you have two separate supplies, so you cannot have one just for the upgrade amount.

STEP 3: Apply to your Distribution Network Operator for a Point of Connection

Once you have established the total load required in kVA, you can approach the Distribution Network Operator [DNO] to find out if they have spare capacity in the area and where you connect to the network.

This is called the ‘Point of Connection’ and is the cable from which you will connect your new supply.

Some DNOs may charge for your application, meaning it will cost you to get a quote from them. Alternatively, you can get an indicative quotation from Rock Power Connections, which will give you a realistic view of the scope and cost of the required works. You then only incur

the DNO’s charges when you are ready to proceed. If you don’t want the hassle of applying for the DNO Point of Connection, we can do that for you.

STEP 4: Get a Quotation for the Works

The DNO can provide you with a quotation for the works and you can seek a competitive quotation from an Independent Connections Provider, like Rock Power Connections.

Rock Power Connections will also assist you in the Design process, ensuring the EV Chargers are not located on any third-party land to avoid legal issues. If a leisure-based business, we will also work with you to ensure the implementation of the Chargers does not disrupt the day-to-day operations of the business. What’s more, we will also ensure the EV Chargers are strategically located to benefit your customers, i.e. avoiding disabled parking bays and the area used by delivery vehicles.

STEP 5: Installation

Rock Power Connections can oversee the entire installation for you, including:

* Preparing a full installation design

* Liaising with the DNO to get approval for the electrical design

* Liaising with other stakeholders for the installation, such as the Council, affected businesses

* Full installation of electrical and civil works


* Need to avoid downtime? Rock Power Connections can flex the install to fit outside of your operating hours.

* Want someone to undertake the civils works for you? Rock Power Connections can do all the civils including trenching and building plinths. If you get a quote from the DNO, they usually require you to do these on-site works.

* Want us to deal with the DNO? Rock Power Connections will happily take all the hassle.

For more information on installing EV Chargers, please contact Emma or Sophie on 01905 456385 or email or submit an enquiry

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