If you have recently bought an electric vehicle, you may be wondering how to charge your EV, and which method of charging is the best way. Although more and more public charging stations are being installed across the UK, this isn’t always the cheapest and most convenient option. Moreover, charging with a 3-pin plug at home is not the safest way to charge.
As such, you should seriously consider getting a home EV charging point installed. There are an array of benefits of doing so, which we will outline in this blog.
1) Increase your property value
Although you may think an EV home charger is an expensive option, it is a worthwhile investment in the long term. To illustrate this, Riverdale Leasing found that homes with an EV charger installed sell for 13% more than the local average. With the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel from 2030, getting a home EV charge point is a great way to future proof your property and get ahead of the curve.
An EV home charger is by far the most convenient way to charge your electric vehicle. There is no need to hang around a public charging point for hours or, even worse, queue to use a charger. With a home EV charger, you can charge your vehicle whenever suits you, no waiting, no stress. Most smart chargers on the market also make it super easy to schedule your vehicle charging at specific times by using a smartphone app for ultimate convenience.
Installing a dedicated home charge point means you won’t have to pay a premium to use public EV charging points.
Generally speaking, charging an electric vehicle at home is much cheaper than using public charge points. You can currently save up to £350 off the cost of installing a home EV charger through the OZEV grant. Furthermore, with a smart home EV charger, you can schedule your vehicle to charge during off-peak hours, when electricity is cheapest. There are also various dedicated EV energy tariffs that reward drivers who are happy to charge their cars during these off-peak hours with the lowest prices.
Therefore, the cost to charge your EV at home is usually cheaper than the other options available.
4) Charge faster
Getting a dedicated home electric vehicle charger installed allows you to benefit from faster charging speeds. For example, a 7kW home charging unit (the most common home EV charger) will charge an EV up to three times faster than a standard 3-pin plug charger. Although rapid public chargers can charge an EV to 80% within 20-40 minutes, these are usually found at motorway services and therefore lack the convenience of a home charger.
5) Charge safer
The safest way to charge an electric car at home is through a dedicated home charge point. A home EV charger needs to be installed by an accredited electrician and therefore ensures maximum safety. Although you can charge your car with a standard 3-pin plug, this is not recommended as household sockets are not designed for this high level of constant usage.
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In conclusion, a home EV charger is an excellent investment and offers various benefits.
If you are thinking about getting a home EV charger installed, please get in touch with us for helpful and unbiased advice. We install nationwide with quick installation times.
You can browse our exciting range of dedicated home EV charging points here. Or, if you still don’t know where to start and prefer to speak to someone directly, call us on 03333 44 96 99, our expert customer service team are always happy to help.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
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We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.