Rapid charging can only be used on vehicles with rapid-charging capability but is more straightforward. Rapid chargers are equipped with all the appropriate cables already, much like a fuel pump which has multiple hoses attached. You select the cable that fits your vehicle inlet and do not need any other cables.
Home charging is the most common method of charging electric vehicles and is used by owners to charge overnight. While charging can be carried out via a three-pin socket, it is recommended that those charging regularly at home or the workplace get a dedicated chargepoint installed as it is faster and more convenient. Grants are available towards the cost.
Home chargepoints of up to 7kw can easily be supported in most domestic properties. Certified installers will install a separate fused supply so should there be any issues with the car, this would not impact the rest of the house. As a comparison, electric showers are generally in the range of 7kW to 10.5kW. Most vehicles will indicate how long charging is expected to take, which will depend on the car’s charging capability and power of the chargepoint. Some models will have this feature as part of a smartphone app.