If you have recently made the switch to an electric vehicle, you may be wondering – is it worth buying a home EV charger?
The answer, in its simplest form, is yes – home EV chargers are worth the investment; from cheaper EV charging sessions to safer, more convenient home charging, home electric car chargers provide benefits that three-pin plug charging and public charging can’t compete with.
Keep reading to find out our top reasons why you should have a home EV charger installed at your property.
Although you may consider an EV home charger an expensive option in comparison to three-pin plug charging, it’s a worthwhile investment in the long term. In fact, Riverdale Leasing found that 76% of homes with an electric car charger installed showed an increase in property value. And with the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, electric cars will soon become the norm. So, getting a home EV charge point is a great way to future-proof your property while simultaneously reaping cost benefits if you decide to sell.
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 an electric car charger. With a home EV charger, you can charge your vehicle whenever suits you, no waiting, no stress. Think of everything you could do whilst you’re charging your electric car at home – cook, clean, relax – home electric car charging guarantees maximum convenience. You couldn’t do that with a petrol or diesel vehicle, could you?
What’s more, all home electric vehicle chargers allow you to schedule your charging at specific times by using a smartphone app. For ultimate convenience, set your EV to charge at home overnight, and your home charger will do the work for you – you’ll save on charging costs too.
Installing a home EV charger means you won’t have to pay a premium to use public EV charging points – and that’s not all. Charging an electric car with your smart home EV charger is significantly cheaper than using public chargers, with potential savings of up to £1000 a year during off-peak hours, according to the UK government.
Popular home EV chargers also offer added smart features that can help save you money on your electricity bills, such as tariff integration and solar integration that allow you to benefit from further cost savings. For example, the Ohme Home Pro and Ohme ePod are compatible with all energy tariffs, including Intelligent Octopus. With Ohme’s intelligent tech, your charger will automatically sync with your chosen tariff to allow you to charge at the cheapest rates.
Getting a dedicated home electric vehicle charger installed at home allows you to benefit from far faster charging speeds when compared to three-pin plug EV charging. A 7kW home charger will charge an EV three times faster than a standard 3-pin plug charger, and a 22kW home charger will charge six times faster than 3-pin EV charging.
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, experienced electrician who has to follow specific rules and regulations, therefore ensuring maximum safety.
Although you can charge your car with a standard 3-pin plug, this is not recommended for daily use, as household sockets are not designed for this high level of constant usage. Instead, these granny chargers should only be used in emergency situations.
When compared to slow, messy three-pin plug charging and expensive public charging, home EV chargers definitely come out on top. Home EV chargers provide a multitude of benefits, such as increasing your property value, faster charging speed, added convenience, and the significant cost savings that can be made from smart home EV chargers. In our professional opinion, having a home EV charger is always worth the investment as you future-proof your property, guaranteeing cheaper, safer and more convenient EV charging sessions in the future.
If you are thinking about getting a home EV charger installed, please get in touch. With engineers across the UK, we can install home electric vehicle chargers wherever you are – all with first-class customer service. Don’t believe us? View our ‘Excellent’ Trustpilot reviews.
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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.
Spread over a 60 month period.
Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.
You decide the amount of months.
Minimum of £1000.
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Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.
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.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
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.