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Home electric vehicle charging
Electric charging points for your home
About our home electric vehicle chargers
As more and more of us look into how we can be more sustainable in our day-to-day lives, in motoring there’s typically one main way of going about this, and that’s by switching to electric vehicles (EVs). In addition to being ‘greener’, these types of cars are also quieter and often work out more cost-effective. It’s therefore easy to see why so many are making the change.
Initially the inconvenience of EVs was a stumbling block for homeowners throughout the UK, but with the growing popularity of at-home chargers, this is now a thing of the past. If you already have an electric car, all you need is to own your property (or have permission from your landlord) and have off-street parking and a Wi-Fi connection.
How EV home charging works
To put it simply, when we come out to fit your EV charging point, the charger pulls electricity from the grid (or your surplus green energy) and delivers it to your vehicle via a cable. It really is that straightforward! This is a much easier method of charging than using a mains three-pin socket (which is slow and unsuitable for high charging loads) or a public charging station (which cost more and are often full).
Benefits of EV charging at home
Now we know how EV home charging works, what are the benefits of having your own charger? We’ll outline the central points below:
Convenient: Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a ‘full tank’ every morning? By charging your car whenever it’s ide at home, you eradicate the need to wait around at public charging points, or worse still, find the nearest petrol station.
Safe: If you were to regularly top your EV up at public charging points then you’d be leaving yourself open to the risk of theft, vandalism and even harsh weather elements like snow. This wouldn’t be the case if your car was being charged at home whilst locked behind one of our safe and secure garage doors, for example.
Prolongs battery health: The fast charging available to you at public charging points can come at a cost. Since the speed of these can raise the temperature of your battery, we recommend staving off battery degradation as much as possible by using home chargers more.
Property value booster: There’s a growing amount of research to suggest that having a home electric vehicle charger actually increases your property value, and considering that all new conventional petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned from sale in 2030, this certainly makes sense.
Eco-friendly: You can avoid the carbon emissions that may result from using public charging points by choosing your own clean, renewable energy source at home.
Contact us for a quote
For an accurate home EV charger quote, please contact us today. We’ll talk through your requirements and find the right charger for you before providing an exact cost and potentially setting an installation date with one of our Part P qualified engineers. Once you’re up and running, we’ll then be here to provide any after-sales support you may need.
Frequently Asked Questions
About home electric vehicle charging
How long will it take me to charge my vehicle?
It’s impossible for us to give a direct answer to this as the time it takes to charge your vehicle will differ depending on the make and model of the car, the size of its battery and the charger itself. One other thing to bear in mind is that a lot of manufacturers also recommend charging EVs to 80% rather than 100%. This method helps to prolong the life of the battery and still gives you plenty of range.
My household has two electric vehicles. Do we need more than one charging point?
Whilst you absolutely can have two EV chargers at your home (if you have the space), in the vast majority of cases you don’t need more than just the one. One of the biggest misconceptions about electric vehicles is that they need to be charged all the time because of their low range. In reality, based on the average daily mileage in the UK, most households with two EVs can easily share their one charging point by alternating when they use it.
Where will you install my EV charger?
You’ll need dedicated off-street parking to be able to charge your car at home, so most opt to have their charger installed in either their driveway or garage. The latter is perhaps the most convenient place as it tends to be easy to connect to the mains electricity, and it’s of course where you’d normally park your car anyway.
What about if I move house or change my vehicle?
Although you can have your EV charger uninstalled and then reinstalled at your new property, because of the work involved in this, it may work out better to just choose a new charger instead. In terms of replacing your vehicle, you’ll be fine to continue using the same charging point. The only thing that may need changing is the charging cable (e.g. if the socket type on your new car is a type 1 rather than type 2).
How expensive is it to charge an electric car?
Again, like the response to our first FAQ, this is hard to answer as there are so many variables to consider. The make of the vehicle, the size of its battery and your electricity tariff all come into play here. Your car’s battery also probably isn’t going to be fully depleted when you charge it, and to add to that, the range of the vehicle once fully charged should be taken into account. It therefore may be more sensible to work out the cost per mile as opposed to the cost per charge.