Originally Posted by Andrew*Debbie
If I was installing a home charge point now, I'd put in a wall mounted 32Amp Type 2 socket.
That's exactly what I had done today.
It's a 'no-brainer' to me. My Fluence came with a J1772 to Type 2 charging lead (and all EVs will likely now come with a connection to a standard Type 2 socket) so why would I need yet another lead flopping around? And the extra £75 for the 7kW (30A) charger option is an obvious bit of future-proofing (as far as it can go, off a 1-phase domestic box - and I don't think I would want to regularly charge an Li-ion battery faster than 7kW in any case).
I can't see why people would pick a tethered lead, unless they are only thinking of short-term use. The lead is only going to get worn, twisted, and generally degraded at the junction with the unit that the whole thing will need repairing or replacing after a short while, whereas a socket into which a lead is plugged means if the lead goes wrong you just buy another one. Likewise, if you change the car and it has a different connection, all you do is change the lead, not the unit.
I'm wondering if I might not also buy a slightly longer charge lead, just so I have a few other options for orienting the family fleet on the driveway. You can't pick-and-choose the lead length on a tethered charger!
I'm also none-too-impressed with the levels of dexterity and time taken that will be needed to properly wind up the cable around the station in the most sympathetic and least-damaging manner. There is an art in efficiently rolling leads up (that is to say, any leads or ropes with a particular 'lay') so they are kink-free. It is a much easier job if both ends are free.
Like I say, to me it is a no-brainer.
'Chargemaster' fitted mine today. I applied last Wednesday (for the, currently free, Gov-sponsored unit fitment), an appointment [for today] was arranged within a day. All done. No probs (so far that I can tell!!), car currently on charge.