There are many entities on the market that offer charging equipment to charge electric vehicles. We recommend that you get an offer on the equipment that suits your needs.
Before choosing your charging solution:
- Where should the charger be located?
- Are there facilities in the garage?
- Is it possible to have the charger outside on the driveway?
- Obtain a cost estimate for the installation of charging equipment from professionals.
- What is the situation regarding electric wiring, installation and connecting the charging equipment?
- Only electrical contractors certified by the Iceland Construction Authority are permitted to take on electrical contracts and/or conduct repairs on any kind of electrical equipment.
Can I do anything to better utilise the charger?
Yes, there are a number of tips on how best to use the EV charger. However, it’s good to remember that in the regular daily usage of an electric vehicle this is rarely needed. If the car is used like a normal household car, i.e. to drive to and from work, drive children to events, go shopping, to the gym, social activities etc., modern EV chargers are sufficient for all of those needs. In other words, if the car is fully charged when you start off the day, the charge will last well into the evening with conventional usage. It is more in longer journeys that some streamlining measures are needed in the charging of cars. All cars come with guidelines on how it is possible to optimise energy usage, e.g. by allowing cars to charge themselves when going down hills. To save energy it is possible to drive at a constant speed and turn down the heating, which are the greatest factors that have an impact on the usage of the charge.
How can I charge at home?
Almost all single-family dwellings have sufficient electricity for an EV charger (i.e. m/50 Ampere power supply connection). If you have any doubts regarding the amperage of your power supply connection, contact your utility company (Veitur, RARIK, HS Veitur, Norðurorka, Orkubú Vestfjarða, Rafveita Reyðarfjarðar ) for confirmation of the power supply in the building. It is enough to provide an address.
Where do I get the charging equipment to install at home?
There are many entities on the market that offer charging equipment for electric vehicles. It would be best to contact some of them and get some offers from them. You can choose charging equipment with or without a cable. The cost of an EV charger for a single family dwelling can be around 100 thousand krónur and more.
Electric vehicles have two kinds of connectors:
- Type 1 (Asia/America connector)
- Type 2 (Europe connector)
ON Power recommends you give some thought to the future when it comes to choosing charging equipment:
- Three phase EV charger
- A three phase charger can be connected to a single phase electricity supply but not vice versa
- Up to: 22kW / 32 Ampere
What charging solutions are there for multi-family dwellings and businesses?
Almost all multiple family buildings have a sufficient electricity supply to be able to add EV chargers provided they are load-controlled. Technically speaking, there are therefore no obstacles to charging electric vehicles in multi-family dwellings. One should bear in mind, however, that many shared spaces, such as basement car parks, use the same fuse board. One can therefore expect that the owners of electric vehicles will need to have the charger linked to their meter so that the power consumption will be billed to the person using the electricity. One should always use electrical contractors who have been authorised by the Iceland Construction Authority.
Who can install the equipment?
Only electrical contractors certified by the Iceland Construction Authority are permitted to take on electrical contracts and/or conduct repairs on any kind of electrical equipment.
Get some advice from us if any questions arise.