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On all EVs the charger is actually in the car (well, the AC charger anyway). The technical term for the 'charge socket' is an EVSE, it contains a protocol controller (typically 70 quid at retail costs, although most chargepoint manufacturers roll their own) an RCBO and a contactor.Question for the EV owners, what would make me pay £1000 for a “special “ charger socket?
13,16 & 32amp outside sockets are cheap.
I thought those funky prices were because of inbuilt chargers!
The 'granny cable' that comes with the car (sometimes, see my earlier post about this) allowing you to charge from a direct AC socket, 13A or Shuko for example, contains all this circuitry which is why they run around 150-200 quid. Typically however these are limited to 10A only, irrespective of the size of your onboard charger. High current and three phase capable granny chargers are available but they aren't cheap. However they could be connected to a 16/32a commando socket to provide the full AC supply to the car. Some EV owners use these cables but it is much more common to have a charge point installed (often under the OLEV grant scheme) and use a type2-type2 cable.
Typical 16a type2 chargepoint costs are between 300-500 retail. Anyone spending 1000 on one has champagne tastes.