Home charging is the most common method of charging electric vehicles. 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. This can cost from around £500 depending on the work required at your property and what chargepoint you decide on.
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.
Important notes on Home Charging:
- Ensure that your new charger is a SMART charger, this will save you more money!
- Government subsidies may be available to help with installation costs
The Electric Vehicle Consumer Code (EVCC) gives you charge confidence by ensuring their approved installers follow a rigorous code of practice.
What is a SMART charger?
Energy requirements from the UK infrastructure vary dramatically depending on the time of day. For instance, in the evenings when people are home, enjoying TV, boiling the kettle, having a bath and keeping toasty with their central heating on, the demand on the National Grid is high. At these peak times, your home energy provider often charges peak rates that are higher than other times. SMART chargers (and sometimes the inbuilt capabilities of EVs) schedule charge times towards off-peak.