Electron EVW Installation Guide
This guide is intended for use by competent electrical installers to explain the basic requirements and options to be considered when installing a Electron EVW electric vehicle charging point. The Electron EVW is designed for installations in or outside, the advanced safety systems we have built in to the unit ensure its safe usage, this guidance provides information to assist when installing the Electron EVW and should not be used for any other charging point as they do not include these safety systems.
Important safety information Warning!
The Electron EVW charging unit is manufactured to be safe and without risk provided they are professionally installed, used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, recommendations and installed by competent electrical installers in accordance with national and local regulations and legislation applicable at the time of installation, e.g.: BS7671:2018. The Electron EVW is designed to be connected to one dedicated AC supply only. The property must comply with minimum BS7671 standards before installation commences.
Important note: A DC leakage fault in the vehicle may “blind” a type “AC” RCD and render it ineffective, never feed any EVSE from an existing upstream Type “AC” RCD.
Locating the Charge Point
The Electron EVW can be fitted inside or outside, the installer should consult the EV owner to establish their preferred installation location. This should take into consideration the cable length (distance to vehicle being charged), risk of vehicle impact and obstruction of access etc. It is recommended the Electron EVW be mounted at a height of 750mm-1.2m, (Building regulations BS8300:2018 recommends 450~1200mm, BS7671:2018 recommend 500~1500mm).
Isolation and switching for safety and maintenance
To ensure that the Electron EVW unit can be “turned off” to enhance security and enable maintenance activities, a double pole isolator (or 2 pole RCBO) suitably rated must be installed within the customer’s property. An isolator switch is a mandatory requirement for “new builds”, but optional for existing dwellings (at customer’s request), the switch should be mounted at a height of between 500mm and 1500mm above finished floor level to comply with regulation’s. The switch should be rated at 45 amps.
All installations must comply to BS7671: 2018 regulations. Installation procedure The Pod Point Solo has been designed as a wall mounted device. The installer should confirm that the wall that the unit is intended to be fixed to is structurally appropriate for the mounting of the Pod Point Solo. The installer should identify the construction of the wall, and identify the correct and appropriate fixings to use.
- The Installer has a duty of care to ensure that the Electron EVW unit is securely attached to the wall or structure where the unit is intended to be operated from.
- Once the location and height of the Electron EVW unit has been decided, the installer can begin marking the wall with indicator points to locate the unit. Use the back box as the drilling template for the 4 mounting holes.
- NOTE: If any groundwork’s are required (cable trenching or earth electrode fitment) it is advisable to check if underground services could be present before commencement, plans maybe available at: linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk (free to domestic users).
- Before drilling commences ensure that the installation wall has been checked for electric cabling or pipework with a suitable detector.
- It is highly recommended this is done prior to any installation work commencement (drilling or fitting of conduit etc) to allow the customer to visualise where the unit will be once installed. Once the installation site is marked up, confirm with the customer this meets their expectations.
Drilling the holes for the electrical supply cable entry
As the electrical supply to the Electron EVW may be fed from the bottom of the unit or via rear entry. The installer should drill a suitable size hole for the cable and grommet/ gland to be used. Cable entry at the top of the unit is strictly prohibited.
When drilling the case:
- Only drill in the flat surfaces provided on the bottom or rear of the unit.
- Take care not to damage any wiring or components inside the case. Place a suitable stop (e.g. block of wood) inside the case when drilling to prevent accidental damage.
- If any of the wiring or components are damaged during installation DO NOT CONNECT OR SWITCH ON THE POWER before consulting with Falcon Electric.
- The wall can now be drilled for the 4 mounting holes, Do not drill with the Electron EVW in position as masonry dust may cause latent damage to the unit.
- The Electron EVW can now be fitted to the wall, depending on the wall structure solid/dry lined or stud partition, appropriate fixings must be used to secure the unit.
- Once fitted in place, the rear unit should be securely fixed flush to the wall.
Wiring up the Electron EVW
With the rear unit securely fitted to the wall, the electrical supply connection can be made.
- As the installation route of the wiring will vary with each Installation, allow enough cable to allow easy termination so that the cable terminals are not under strain.
- The choice of entry point used will determine the amount of insulation/SWA that needs to be removed for the internal wiring connection of the unit.
Ensure that incoming cables are connected to the appropriate terminal as follows:
Live 1: Brown
Live 2: Black ( 3 – Phase Units Only )
Live 3: Grey ( 3 – Phase Units Only )
All of the cables that are to be connected into the supply terminals should have their insulation stripped back 12~15mm to provide good contact to the screw terminal jaws, Torque settings for these connections is 1.5Nm. Appropriate pull tests shall be performed at the unit connections to confirm the installation is sound.
Final electrical testing
To meet the BS7671 (18th edition) requirements for testing of an electrical installation, the following tests and checks shall be performed by a competent electrical installer before during and after a Electron EVW unit is installed:
- A visual inspection of the installation including the existing electrical installation.
- Verification of the characteristics of the electrical supply at the origin of the installation to confirm the supply is suitable for the additional load.
- A test to confirm the continuity of the circuit protective conductors.
- A test to confirm the integrity of the circuit insulation resistance.
- A test to confirm the polarity of the installation is correct.
- Where applicable a test to confirm the earth electrode resistance is within acceptable tolerances (or) An earth loop impedance test
- A test of the mechanical operation of residual current devices (RCD’s)
- A test to confirm the operation of residual current devices (RCD’s) is within stipulated timescales (at the rated current and at five times the rated current operating current.)
- A test or calculated measurement of the prospective fault current.
- A verification of the functional operation of the Electron EVW.
- An electrical installation certificate must be completed.
Fitting the front of the unit
Once the rear unit has been fitted, the wiring to the unit connected and tested, the front cover can be fitted in place. Prior to fitting the front cover, visually check the internal connections, remove any debris that may have entered the unit during installation and check that the front cover mating seal is in place. Place the cover on the housing, using the top fixing as a point of reference, the front cover can then be secured in place at 6 points.
Falcon Electric do not authorise the use of ANY In cable adaptors, charging cables used should not have any modifications made to them. If there is evidence of damage to the charging connector(s) or cable it should not be used for safety reasons. For units with Type 2 socket, the charge cable must be able to be fully inserted or charging will not begin (socket must lock)