Charging an electric vehicle at home is made simple
Safe and easy-to-use charging point for all electric vehicles
Charging an electric vehicle at home needs to be as quick and easy as driving it. Therefore, we are offering a charging point suitable for fully electric and hybrid cars installed at your detached house.
We will take care of installing and testing every charging point to make sure that charging is easy and safe from the very first charge. You will only need to focus on enjoying clean driving. As a Finnish forerunner in electric motoring, we want to make it possible to switch to electric traffic for as many people as possible. That is why we deliver charging points to all parts of the country.
Efficient charging of electric vehicles now and in the future
Garo’s easy-to-use charging device is an excellent choice for home charging. It is safe to use for charging both fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids – it is therefore also compatible with your next electric vehicle.
- The price includes installation by a qualified electrician and all accessories
- The device does not require authentication, you can start charging straight away
- A fixed five-metre, type 2 charging cable makes charging easier – no need for a separate charging cable
- Suitable for both plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles
- Required charging capacity from 3.7 kW up to 22 kW
Charging points also for housing companies and extensive Helen Lataus network
In addition to detached houses, it is quick and easy to acquire an electric vehicle charging point for housing companies, regardless of the type of your home.
When you are on the road, the extensive Helen Lataus charging network will ensure an uninterrupted journey. When you charge your electric vehicle with Helen Lataus, you are driving on environmentally friendly wind power.
Charging time of an electric vehicle is determined by the charging capacity
The charging time of an electric vehicle depends on the available charging capacity and the type of electric car.
The smaller battery of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is charged with a lower charging capacity while the more powerful battery of a fully electric vehicle can be charged with a higher capacity.
The highest possible charging capacity is determined according to the capacity of the customer’s electrical connection and the charging capacity of the electric vehicle. The capacity of the charging device is adjusted to the correct level in connection with the installation.
|Charging capacity||Charging time of a plug-in hybrid||Charging time of a fully electric vehicle|
|3.7 kW||3 h||12 h|
|7.4 kW||1.5 h||6 h|
|11 kW||4 h|
|22 kW||2 h|
Buying an electric vehicle charging point for a detached house
We supply electric vehicle charging points on a simple turnkey basis. We ensure that the deployment is carried out safely and in compliance with the requirements. If necessary, we survey the site to find a suitable solution. Find out here the process for purchasing a charging point.
Investigating the points listed below speeds up the process of finding the right solution*.
Inform us of your interest in purchasing a charging solution.
Choosing the charging solution
Based on the preliminary assessment, we choose exactly the right charging solution for you. When necessary, the right solution is confirmed with a site survey*.
Order a charging solution based on the offer we have made, and in just over a week you can start charging your car right next to your house.
Delivery and installation
We install and deploy the charging point safely and in compliance with the requirements and provide instructions for its use.
Enjoy electric motoring!
*1) What is the size of the main fuse of the house? 2) What form of heating is used in the property? 3) What other electrical equipment are used in the property? 4) Do you want a charger with a fixed 5 m Type 2 charging cable or a Type 2 socket, in which case you would use your own charging cable? 5) The distance from the location for the charger to the electrical control cabinet (the default installation is wall mounting max. 15 m from the cabinet)? 6) Does the electrical control cabinet have room for the necessary extra components (you can send a photo of your cabinet for us to investigate)?
*When it is unclear whether the standard installation package is sufficient, we recommend a site survey. A site survey that leads to a purchase is free; otherwise, we charge €100 (VAT 24%) for the survey.
Frequently asked questions about electric motoring
General questions related to electric motoring
The most common charging points for electric vehicles are homes and workplaces, i.e. places where the vehicle is parked for a longer period of time. Based on studies, electric vehicles are charged at home daily and regularly at a place of work as well. In addition to this, it is necessary to also have public charging points where cars can be charged, for example, during business trips and on holiday. Helen has the solutions for all the above-mentioned sites.
You can become a user of Helen's public electric vehicle charging network by just registering as a customer of Helen Lataus. Our charging point network currently includes more than 150 charging points of which some are rapid- and some fast-charging points. As a customer of Helen Lataus, you also have access to Virta’s Europe-wide EV charging network.
A suitable charging solution is always determined based on the specific customer, but one of the key questions is how the costs for charging a vehicle are shared. A person living in a detached house is likely to pay for their own electricity, which means that the electricity consumed through the charging point does not need to be separately allocated, and thus, the charging point can also be simpler. In different housing types, the costs of charging a car must be correctly allocated, and thus, a smarter charging point is also required.
A site survey is required to established whether it would be possible to charge two vehicles simultaneously. Load management and a long charging time together are likely to enable charging two cars at once, but the property's standard load and available capacity determine the charging power the electric vehicles could be charged at.
Choosing the charging point for an electric vehicle
The most important factor impacting the charging speed is the charging power of the vehicle’s internal charger. Thus, the vehicle is the deciding factor for the charging speed irrespective of the power of the home charging point, as well as whether it charges from a single-, dual- or three-phase outlet. Other factors impacting the charging speed include the battery's level of charge at the start, the temperature of the battery and the outside temperature.
Another method is to choose as powerful a charger as possible depending on the property's fuse size.
Normally, the charger is chosen by taking into account both the above-mentioned methods whilst also noting that the vehicle is parked at home or the office on average 12-hours/day, which is easily sufficient for most people's charging needs.
In a detached house, the typical size of a main fuse is 3x25A (or 3x35A). It is adequate for charging an electric vehicle as long as the site's standard features have been taken into account when choosing the charging solution. The things to consider include the form of heating used and whether there are other significant consumers of electricity in the property. If necessary, we will introduce load management, which allows you to automatically, optimally and safely utilise the free capacity for charging a vehicle at all times.
However, the basic rule is that the permitted nominal current of the charging point must be significantly less than the size of the main fuse. For instance, if the fuse size of the property is 3x25A (or 3x35A), the recommended charger is 3x16A or less. A 3x16A charger can produce 11kW of power, and a 1x16A charger gives charging power at 3.6kW.
You can request a site survey for more challenging installation sites. That allows us to ensure that everything is properly dealt with on one go.
Load management refers the ability to monitor the overall consumption in a detached house and limit the charging power when the overall consumption rises too high. In a detached house, load management protects the main fuse whilst enabling the most efficient charging within the circumstances.
The following questions allow you to compare offers:
What is the maximum permitted distance between the charging point and the electricity control cabinet?
What are the permitted wall materials for wall mounting?
Does the offer include all the necessary electrical components? In accordance with the SFS-EN 61851-1, when installing a charger every charging point must be protected with
- a type B residual current device OR
- a type A residual current device and a device that detects DC residual current.
- Furthermore, in accordance with the SFS 6000-7-722:2017, each access point needs to be separately supplied with a final circuit, which must be protected with overcurrent protection (circuit breaker).
- The above-mentioned components can either be integrated into the charger or added to the supply centre.
Does the charging point permit single-phase or three-phase charging, what is the maximum charging power for the charger, and is it possible to limit it if necessary?
For safety reasons, electrical experts and insurance companies do not recommend charging an electric vehicle from a normal socket except in an emergency. In Europe, public charging points must have a Type 2 socket or connector designed for charging electric vehicles. Thus, it is a natural and safe choice also for household charging points.
Helen's home chargers do not feature an energy meter in accordance with the MID standard, but Helen's product selection does include such devices. Alternatively, we can install a separate, manually readable energy meter in the switchgear in connection to a home charging point. Please contact our sales team for more detailed information.
The charging points for detached houses in Helen's product selection can be connected in place of a three-way electric power socket. The installation is fixed, which means that the actual power socket is removed.
Purchase and delivery of a charging point
The delivery time for a charging point with standard installation requirements is seven business days.
We supply a charging point on a turnkey basis. The standard installation includes:
- The installation of the charging point mounted onto a wall a maximum of 15 metres from the electrical control cabinet
- Surface-mount electrical cabling
- Feedthrough for one wooden structure
- The necessary installation equipment
- Ensuring the proper functioning of the charging station
- Maintenance and user instruction
If the standard installation is not sufficient, we can carry out a site survey before you place an order for a charging point. That allows us to ensure that everything is properly dealt with on one go. It is worth carrying out a survey if the charger cannot be wall-mounted, there is a need for trunking or if excavation work is required. Any unexpected extra work is always separately agreed and charged for, also in the case of standard installations.
The site survey is free-of charge if it leads to a purchase; otherwise, the cost of a site survey is €100/survey (VAT 24%).
The equipment comes with a 2-year warranty, and it starts once the equipment has been installed and is ready for use.
The installation work qualifies for €200 of tax credits for household expenses. Furthermore, as of 1 January 2021, a charging point for a company car is included in the taxable value of the car, in the same way as other accessories are. The specifications connected to this are currently being processed by the Tax Administration.