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Does an EV Charger Add Value to your Property?

Posted by Roseanne: Jun 25, 2018 4 min read

Here, we have James McKemey, Head of Our Insights Team, discussing the benefits of electric vehicle charging at home and how it can add value to your property:

There was a time when all parking spaces in a particular location were basically created equal. So long as it was fairly secure, sufficiently flat and sized to fit your car, then you were pretty happy. The emergence of electric vehicles (EVs) will likely add a bunch of value to those spaces that have a charge point.

Does having an EV charger installed increase property value?

Installing an EV charger can make it more attractive when you come to sell because more people are going electric, and charging at home is more convenient. It can be a nice cherry on top for your purchaser if they don't need to get one installed. Pod Point chargers only take two hours to get installed too, so it is a quick way to sweeten the deal for potential buyers.

We invite property experts to provide detailed insight here. A rule of thumb is that a parking space is typically worth 5% of your property value today, which is probably a reasonable figure to use for the first approximation. 5% of the average UK house price (£234,794) is £11.7k. Every home install Pod Point has ever completed cost much less than that, even the most arduous installs (involving long cable runs, trenching and three phase power upgrades). Even retro-fitting charging to existing multi-occupancy dwellings can be done for a fraction of that cost per bay, installing at build stage less still. But there are plenty of homes where we’ve walked away because the costs would have been higher than that for the customer.

Charging an EV at home is far more convenient

The defining convenience win of driving an electric car is that it fuels itself while you are getting on with your life. You no longer find yourself detouring regularly to refuelling stations when you were trying to drive to your destination, you simply “top-up” once you’re at your destination. And everyone’s number one destination is their home. It is increasingly possible to have an EV without home charging, particularly if you can charge at work, but there’s no doubt it’s easiest if you do. If you charge at home you can also better control the costs, arranging for the optimal tariff means the running costs of an EV can be ~20% of a conventional car.

All of this means a home that can have an EV charger is far more valuable to an EV driver than one without.

How many EV drivers are there?

But there’s hardly any EV drivers, right? Yes. A small proportion of (hugely fortunate and pioneering) people currently drive EVs. But how about in 10 years time? We’ve covered EV uptake here before, but in summary the 2020s will see an absolute explosion in EV uptake. By 2030, it will likely be the dominant mode of propulsion for cars. This means that the home with EV charging will become far more valuable to the majority - and thus a property value consideration for all.

See where we’re going? Be it a new build or existing development, if you’re responsible for a property, you will be potentially hamstringing its future value by failing to provide EV charging, or at least the capability to easily install EV charging. If you are buying one today, you will be saying goodbye to a large chunk of its value over the next 5-10 years vs a property that does or can have EV charging.

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