All about home EV charging
At home EV charge points come with some great benefits.
How an EV charge point works
Although EVs can use mains power, charge points are much more efficient, safe and cost effective overtime. To use one you simply plug your car into the charge point which is linked to the electric grid and it charges like any home device such as a mobile phone would. There are three types of EV chargers which are:
- Level 1 – These are charge points which can be plugged into a standard outlet. They don’t require additional equipment but are the least efficient type and can take overnight to charge a battery to full.
- Level 2 – These are charge points which need additional equipment but can typically charge a battery fully within 2 hours. They are often the most popular at home chargers as they’re compatible for all EVs and don’t come with as large a price tag as level 3 chargers.
- Level 3 – These charge points, known also as DC Fast Chargers, are often used for commercial or industrial applications as they can offer full charges for some vehicles in around 30 minutes.
Benefits of having an EV charge point
If you’re wondering whether it would be worth getting an EV charge point installed at home, there’s some great reasons to. Although you can just plug your car into a mains socket, EV chargers offer smart technology which allows charging to be turned on or off at times to suit you or even detect when your electricity is at its cheapest rate and charge then which will save you money in the long run. It’s also more efficient to charge your EV with a charge point, meaning your car will be ready to go sooner.
As the UK Government view EVs as a key part of the future smart grid system, they have already encouraged the purchasing of EVs through a variety of grants. To ensure that there’s a successful conversion to EVs they also offer up to £350 towards the installation of an at home EV charge point through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. The scheme can be used in conjunction with our partners Cactus Energy, meaning an at home EV charge point could be installed in your home for much less than you may think. If you live in Scotland there’s even an additional grant of up to £250 provided by the Energy Saving Trust Scotland.
Getting a quote
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