General Terms and Conditions
Our terms and conditions cover what is included free in your standard install and what happens if we need to quote for extra works.
Sometimes issues arise on the day that mean we can’t complete your install on the first visit, but if we know about these in advance, we can often resolve them beforehand.
So for the best experience, if you think there’s any reason why we might not be able to complete your install on the day, please let us know.
Pod Point’s standard installation package for the Homecharge Pod Point covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following:
- Fitting of a Pod Point on a brick or plaster wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
- Up to 15 metres (50 feet) of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the Pod Point.
- Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick, if this is needed.
- The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the Pod Point.
- An additional three way consumer unit, if required.
- Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD in an RCBO enclosure.
- Up to 3 metres (10 feet) of plastic conduit to conceal interior wiring.
- An earth rod in soft ground, if required.
Some conditions and limitations that you need to know:
- The Pod Point must be located in your designated off-street parking area and be fixed at a height where it can’t be hit by a vehicle.
- We can’t fix the cable higher than 1.8 metres (6 feet) above the ground. If fixing higher than this is unavoidable then the installation may need to be paused - in that case we will quote for any extra work needed.
- We can’t, as part of the standard package, trench the cable underground or suspend it above ground - if something like this is required please talk to us so that we can give you a quote in advance. If we find out on the day that we have to cross a garden or a pathway we may need to pause the job and quote for the extra work needed to trench the cable.
- When you are using your charger the EV charging lead must remain on your property and must not create a trip hazard for you or anyone else.
- We can’t run cable under floorboards or through ducting / ceiling voids / wall voids without a draw cord (to pull the cable through), or if the floorboards have not been lifted. We can’t take responsibility for reinstating flooring or other building materials after the cable has been laid.
- Our experts are not able to work in crawl spaces, on roofs or in lofts if it is deemed unsafe by them.
- Our experts are not able to work in extreme weather (i.e. flooding or intense rain). If it is not safe to carry on, our expert will do as much as they can and we will return at a later date.
- If you have purchased a freestanding mount for the Pod Point to be fitted on please be aware that there may be an additional cost for installing this.
What happens if we find that your existing wiring isn’t up to scratch:
- Pod Point follows BS7671 2008/2015 Amendment 3 Standard Regulations and NICEIC guidelines on Electric Vehicle installations.
- If we can’t install in line with these rules then your installation will be paused and we will quote for the work needed to meet the required standards.
- If the existing electrical arrangements at the property are not in line with these rules or there is something else that makes it unsafe for us to install then we will quote for the work needed to meet the required standards.
What happens if your electrical supply is inadequate:
We can only complete the job if the electrical capacity (i.e. main fuse) can support the additional electrical demands of the Pod Point. If the capacity is not sufficient, we might be able to de-rate the Pod Point or we may have to pause the job until your main fuse is upgraded by your electricity supplier.
We allocate two hours for standard installations. If we can’t complete on the day because of supply related problems or unexpected extra works then we will reschedule an installation date once the additional works are complete or our quotation for the work has been accepted.
- If required, your installation project manager or Pod Point Expert will detail required works and provide a no obligation quotation for these services. Quotations are valid for a period of 90 days once issued.
- If the additional works are minor (less than 2 hours additional works) and can be completed on the day, you will be eligible for a £50 discount if you decide to pay and proceed on the day.
- If it is determined that an installation cannot be completed on the day, Pod Point will quote for additional works, and a new installation date will be given once payment has been made. Please allow up to 10 working days for a new installation date.
- If your Pod Point Expert suspects that the installation will not comply with the OLEV grant requirements (see OLEV terms and conditions below), your installation will be paused. Should you disagree with that assessment, you will be given an opportunity to contest this by providing Pod Point with information to state your case to the government, which we can then pass on to the DVLA/OLEV for pre-approval. Should Pod Point receive approval to proceed, a new installation date will be given, please allow up to 10 working days for a new installation date.
- The owner/customer or a responsible adult of the age of 18 years or over needs to be present on site for the entire duration of the install.
3 year warranty:
Pod Point home chargepoints are covered by a comprehensive 36 month warranty. Any hardware failure should be promptly reported to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please quote the serial number, the date of installation and a brief description of the fault. The Pod Point technical team will carry out an assessment and will contact you to get further details and if necessary arrange a service visit.
The warranty will be void if the Pod Point unit is opened, modified, tampered with or repair is attempted by anyone other than a Pod Point appointed electrician.
A 24 month extended warranty can be purchased in the checkout, all of the same terms & conditions apply.
Limitation of liability:
In no event will Pod Point accept any liability for any loss, costs or consequential damage due to the use and/or misuse of our hardware or software products except where this is caused by our negligence.
In no event will Pod Point accept any liability for any loss, costs or consequential damage due to the aborted installation of a home chargepoint where it is not safe or practical to install.
This includes, but isn’t limited to, issues related to land ownership or power which can’t be assessed prior to install. In these circumstances we will provide a full refund of all money paid to us (Pod Point) in respect of the planned installation, unless you (the customer) withheld any key information from us. Our liability for any other losses won’t exceed the amount we charge you for your install, except for our liability for personal injury or death caused by our negligence and anything else where our liability can’t be limited by law.
You (the customer) are liable for any costs incurred due to the supply of false, inaccurate or incomplete information to us (Pod Point) in relation to the OLEV and EST home charge grants or any other of the services we offer.
Home Charge Grant for Electric Car Charging:
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provides a grant for EV drivers to have a Pod Point installed at their home. Pod Point will process and manage the application in order to claim the grant for you.
If you have applied the OLEV EVHS grant to your order but don’t provide completed documentation to Pod Point then we will pause your installation until you’ve provided this.
If we haven’t received your completed documentation within 3 months of the date of payment then we will be permitted to cancel your installation. If we do this then we’ll be entitled to charge you a £50 administration charge plus any additional costs we’ve incurred in dealing with your order up to the time it’s cancelled. Where we can, we’ll take this from the payment you’ve already made for your order, and then give you a refund for any excess amount.
The grant is subject to a number of terms and conditions, a summary of which is provided here.
Summary of OLEV terms and conditions:
- Residents must provide evidence of being the registered keeper or lessee, or be named as the primary user of an eligible EV or plug-in vehicle in order to be able to claim the grant.
- Only one claim per vehicle can be made, even if you own more than one home. However, a single customer can claim one charging point per vehicle, for up to two vehicles.
- A list of qualifying electric vehicles is maintained at: https://www.gov.uk/gov...
- The grant is only applicable for residential addresses with designated private off-street parking.
- If you are not the property owner and freeholder of the building, signed written permission and a proof of address from the appropriate owner or management company must be obtained prior to installation of the Pod Point.
- Any area where the installation of a Pod Point may affect another property owner, written permission and a proof of address from the appropriate owners must be obtained prior to installation of the Pod Point.
- If you are the property owner and freeholder of a listed building, Pod Point requires listed consent from the local planning authority before an installation can take place.
- Full details of the grant terms and conditions are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/...
Customers who require additional information, or have any queries on the grant process should contact OLEV directly on:
- All our chargepoints are supplied with Carbon Sync capability.
- Carbon Sync allows us to briefly pause charging on instruction from official bodies (for example the national grid) for the purpose of balancing or maintaining stability of the local or national electrical generation or distribution grid. Under normal circumstances, we don’t expect Carbon Sync to have any material effect on charging, however, you agree that Carbon Sync may lead to pauses in charging.
Waste of electronic and electrical equipment:
Pod Point Ltd are compliant with the WEEE (Waste of electronic and electrical equipment) regulations and the PRN is WEE/CH5416WQ
We work with a network of 3rd party installers (“Partner Installers”) alongside our own in-house installation team.
In certain circumstances we may send your order to a Partner Installer so that they can carry out your installation, for example if your installation is non-standard and extra works are required, or if no installation slots are available with our in-house installers.
If we do this before you have made payment:
- The installer who receives your order will contact you and give you a quote. The cost of your charger, accessories and installation may vary but you can choose not to proceed if you are not happy with the price quoted.
- If you accept the quote, your contract for the installation will be with the Partner Installer. They will arrange an installation date with you, visit you to carry out the work and deliver your accessories (if they haven’t been sent via post).
- The installer will also ask you to complete documentation needed to claim the OLEV EVHS grant on your behalf if you have applied it to your order.
- They will then invoice you directly for your charger and accessories.
In these cases your contract for the installation is with the Partner Installer but you’ll get the same product features, and we require them to give you the same warranty cover as you would if you purchased directly from Pod Point.
If we do this after you have placed an order with us:
- The installer who receives your order will make contact to arrange an installation date with you, visit you to carry out the work and deliver your accessories (if they haven’t been sent via post).
- The installer will also ask you to complete documentation needed to claim the OLEV EVHS grant on your behalf (if you have applied it to your order).
In these cases your contract for the installation is with Pod Point (not the Partner Installer).
Energy clamp & Smart Charging:
Every new Pod Point home charge unit purchased in the checkout offers ‘Smart Charging’. Once connected to Wi-Fi, the home charge unit will automatically receive over-the-air updates, meaning it continually benefits from the latest software updates available. Connecting your home charge unit to Wi-Fi will also allow you to see the energy used to charge your electric vehicle, via the Pod Point App.
Whilst the above functionality comes as standard with every unit, the energy clamp will help to unlock even more Smart Charging functionality. The energy clamp is installed free of charge with every new home charge unit purchased via Pod Point’s online checkout. During your installation, the Pod Point Expert will simply attach the clamp around the electricity meter tails and wire it into the home charge unit.
The energy clamp potentially unlocks several different features depending on your property’s compatibility. Customers with solar power, detached garage installations and three phase power supply may experience limited energy clamp functionality which will be assessed on the day of installation.
All Customers will benefit from the “Auto Power Balancing” feature of the energy clamp. This safety feature adjusts the charge rate and prevents overloading your property’s allocated electricity supply.
Please note, any alterations post installation may impact the home charge unit’s functionality. Please call our support team if you have any questions.
If your home charge unit is installed from a secondary distribution board, your cut out fuse is not protected from overload.
Charging stats report & business miles
A report can be generated from the Stats section in the app, which presents all home, public and workplace charges. Customers have the opportunity to include their total mileage and their business miles in the report if desired.
Total miles(1) and total business mile(2) costs are calculated using a blended rate of all charges based on the selected date range.
In order to calculate home charge costs, mobile app users should enter their day and night energy tariff(s) during sign up, or in the account section of the app. By failing to input the exact tariff(s), Pod Point will use a default rate, which may not accurately reflect your home charging costs.
Public charges are calculated based on the electricity tariff charged by the owner of the charger. Workplace charges are set by the company. Please be aware, if the company does not provide their exact energy cost, a standard default rate will be used.
The stats report is intended as a guideline only and Pod Point shall not be responsible under any circumstance for any loss, corruption, discrepancies of data or your use of content and use of the data. Please speak to your tax advisor before using any data from this report in any tax return.
(1) Total miles: the total number of miles the EV driver has completed over a period of time selected by the user.
(2) Total business miles: the total number of miles the EV driver is looking to have reimbursed by their company.
Local Network Conditions
The rate your charger is capable of charging at is ultimately determined by local network conditions - in other words, how much power is available at the location where it is installed.
These local network conditions vary continuously due to the local electrical load and also as a result of local generation. If, at any time, there is not enough power available to charge at the maximum rate your charger is capable of, it may be temporarily restricted to a lower charging rate until the local conditions improve.
Local network conditions are not under Pod Point’s control and therefore Pod Point does not guarantee any particular power output or availability period in relation to your charger, and accepts no liability or responsibility arising therefrom.
For contactless payments, customers can pay by tapping their credit/debit card or by using Google/Apple Pay via the terminal on the chargepoint.
The price per kWh will be displayed on the unit and payment for the session will be taken once the charge ends.
Every contactless charge session is liable to a pre-authorisation amount of £30. This is simply a valid card check. Once the charge session ends, the customer will be charged for the total kWh used and the £30 pre-authorisation hold will be released.
By tapping their credit/debit card or by using Google/Apple Pay via the terminal on the chargepoint, you are agreeing to accept all of the above terms and to the cost of your electric vehicle charge, including any additional fees, to be charged to your card account.
The charging fee is inclusive of VAT. If a VAT receipt is required, customers should contact VATreceipts@pod-point.com with the last 4 digits of the credit card used, date and the final charge amount and a receipt will be provided.