With an average price of just £599 after the £350 OZEV grant, the Project EV Pro Earth is one of the most popular EV home chargers, offering charge speeds up to 7.3kW (single-phase) with built-in earthing to simplify installation.
So far, so good.
However, it’s huge compared to the likes of the Wallbox Pulsar Plus, and it’s even bigger than the Hypervolt Home 2.0. Of course, looks aren’t everything in this game – what you really want to know is if the Pro Earth is reliable and easy to use.
Our review reveals all.
Let’s jump in!
Price when reviewed: From £849 with installation.
Project EV Pro Earth review
The Project EV Pro Earth has a few handy features like solar integration, cable locking and RFID in the SE RFID version, but it’s let down by a poor app and a bulky body. The charging experience is fine when the smart features work but schedules aren’t always followed and the connectivity is iffy. Overall, there are better chargers out there.
- Solar as standard
- RFID and 4G versions
- Built-in earthing
- Solid build quality
- Cable lock (cable sold seperately)
- Charge port is on the side, so cable does not stick out when in use
- App is poor
- Big and bulky
- 145mm thick, making it the thickest charger we’ve tested
On paper, the Project EV Pro Earth ticks plenty of boxes with built-in earthing (no need for an earth rod), solar integration (so you can charge your EV with solar panels) and smart scheduling via the app.
It’s a big unit, but the design isn’t offensive. It has a few unique features, like a red emergency stop button on its side and a cable lock system that turns the untethered unit into a tethered charger for convenience.
The build quality is solid and the engineering inside the unit is good, making it popular with electricians.
Other than its physical size, the biggest downside to the charger is the app, which is one of the worst we have tested. The interface is clunky, data syncs are slow, and the settings panel is hell-bent on sending you down a rabbit hole.
To be honest, you are better off using your EV’s companion app, but this would defeat the point of a smart charger!
Overall, the Project EV has solid hardware let down by a poor app. It’s also hard to look around the size of the unit. The Zappi v2 is even bigger, but the Project EV is 145mm thick, making it the thickest charger we’ve tested.
Project EV Pro Earth versions
The Project EV Pro Earth range includes three main products:
- EVA-07S-SE – adds PEN fault detection
- EVA-07S-SE RFID – adds RFID
- EVA-07S-SE-4G-SIM-RFID – adds 4G
The EVA-07S-SE RFID has a different front fascia to the EVA-07S-SE and EVA-07S-S, with a top positioned LED status light bar instead of a bottom positioned LED ring and a hand-card graphic that shows you where to scan your card.
Here’s a photo of the non-RFID version:
And here’s a photo of the RFID version:
How easy is the Project EV Pro Earth to install?
The Project EV charger is easy to install with a robust body and high-quality internals, but the big case makes it a bit unwieldy.
The Project EV charger has Type A +6mA DC fault current protection (equivalent to Type B) and built-in earthing, so there is no need for an earth rod.
The built-in earthing protects against over-voltage, under-voltage, short-circuiting and lightning damage, protecting the charger and you.
The charger has lots of room inside to wire things up, a benefit of the bigger-than-normal case. There’s more going on than normal because the charger has a large circuit board and an installation for the emergency stop button.
The charger comes with a wall mounting bracket and the internals are preconfigured, so all the electrician needs to do is connect the terminals up.
The 32A single-phase input offers a max power output of 7.3kW, and the charger has an 8W standby power consumption.
Project EV Pro Earth design
It isn’t small or particularly stylish, but the Project EV charger is well-made.
It’s hard to fall in love with the Project EV charger at first sight because not only is it enormous and fat, but it’s not exactly handsome either.
But let’s look past all that and focus on the good stuff.
The build quality is solid, and the red emergency stop button is a unique feature only possible thanks to the large case.
The charger is available in all-black (my preference because it blends in more).
A handy feature is the lockable cable socket, which turns the Project EV charger into a tethered unit, so you can leave your cable plugged in. Most other untethered chargers just lock the cable in place temporarily with a release button.
The charger can be wall-mounted or post-mounted. This installation by Apex Doma Ltd shows what the charger looks like on a post:
There’s no display screen for at-a-glance settings like the ICS W7C, but the LED status light display is at least big and easy to see in all lighting conditions.
For example, the green status indicator is lit continuously during charging, and when it isn’t charging, the LED ring is off. Simples.
The Project EV Pro Earth charges at a maximum speed of 7.3kW on a 32A single-phase supply, adding around 28-miles of range per hour.
Intelligent power adjustment is optional, which requires a power-sampling device on the incoming mains supply cables. This could be a CT clamp or a Meter, depending on the type of electrical installation you go with.
The Project EV Pro Earth comes as standard with Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, and you can add 4G connectivity optionally.
If you want 4G, you need to purchase an EV-4G module for a compatible model as an optional extra, or just get the 4G unit. Additionally, you need a SIM card with data because, unlike the Easee One, there is no integrated eSIM (boo!).
Charging with the project EV Pro Earth is simple. You can use Plug and Play mode for any time charging or schedule charge times in the app. Unfortunately, the app isn’t good, and this affects the overall charger experience.
With the Plug and Play mode, you do not require anything other than your charging cable to start charging – just plug the cable into your car and you’re good to go (the charger will show a steady green light to tell you it’s charging).
With scheduled charging, this is controlled via the app. The app lets you set multiple schedules, customise charging rates, prioritise off-peak charging, and create charging records so you can see and control all your data.
A feature I love is the lockable cable socket, which turns the untethered charger into a tethered unit. Most untethered chargers don’t have a permanent lock, instead temporarily locking the cable in place while it is in use.
Project EV app
The Project EV app is poor, with slow data syncs and intermittent connectivity problems.
It is common sense that an EV charger should deliver both great hardware and software. After all, you use the hardware, but you control it with software. If the software is bad, then the whole user experience suffers.
This is the case with the Project EV app. It’s a bit slow, with iffy connectivity and confusing settings. It takes some getting used to!
Plenty of people have had problems (check out the app reviews), with these the most prevalent:
- Wi-Fi connectivity is temperamental; no internet readings are common.
- Charging randomly stops working with no alert in the app, so you have no clue as to what is going on.
- You need to use the app to change your Wi-Fi SSD, which can be confusing. A WPS button to simplify setup would be much easier.
- Without Wi-Fi, the charger loses smart features. It has Ethernet to provide a stable connection, but this needs feeding in during installation.
- Setting a schedule sometimes resets the charger, losing previous settings.
- No tutorials, guides, walkthroughs or detailed explainers in the app; worst still, there are few such guides online from the company.
- Setting up charge modes and schedules isn’t as easy as it should be, and schedules are often ignored, so charging sessions get missed.
In terms of UI, the menus and settings are relatively easy to navigate; it’s the performance problems that let the app down.
This is a massive shame because the hardware is solid, despite the size of the charger and the utilitarian looks.
I hope the app improves in the future. If it does, the Project EV Pro Earth will be a much better charger overall.
The Project EV Pro Earth comes as standard with a three-year warranty, with warranty claims handled by the approved installer. To initiate a warranty claim, you can go through your approved installer, or contact Project EV directly.
Project EV has two published phone numbers you can call and is responsive to emails, with an average response time of 24-hours on weekdays.
Project EV Pro Earth verdict
Overall, the Project EV Pro Earth charger is well-made and offers a few handy features, like solar integration, an emergency stop button, and RFID and 4G versions. The charger is bulky, but the black version blends in nicely enough.
Unfortunately, the inconsistent app means the charger is not recommendable as things stand. If Project EV were to sort out the app – especially the connectivity issues ripe in reviews – then it would be a good option for those on a small budget.
The Project EV Pro Earth achieves a score of 3.4/5.
Project EV Pro Earth alternatives
The Sync EV charger (read our Sync EV review) is one of the best small chargers we’ve tested with RFID and optional 4G. We rated it 4.2/5.
Another option is the ICS W7C (read our ICS charger review). It’s a better charger than the Project EV Pro Earth overall. We rated it 4.1/5.
If you want solar, try the Zappi v2 (read our Zappi charger review). It’s available tethered and untethered with solar and multiple charge modes.
Another option is the Rolec WallPod. It’s available tethered or untethered as a smart or dumb charger, charging at speeds up to 7.2kW.
The Pod Point Solo 3 is another good charger. It’s stylish and easy to use, with a simple but intuitive app that lets you set charging schedules and add tariff details (kWh prices) to track costs. Read our Pod Point Solo 3 review.
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