As electric cars become more and more popular, the need for more electric car charging points is becoming increasingly necessary for UK drivers. The best and most convenient spot for charging your car is, of course, at your home, so it's no wonder that more and more drivers are opting for a home charging point installation.
This article will explain everything you need to know about electric car charging points, EV Home Chargers and the benefits of choosing a home charging point installation from Perth City Electrics.
We'll also talk you through the cost, installation length and the EV Home Charger options that are available on the market today.
The main benefits of having an EV Home Charger include;
Unlike traditional car owners who fill their cars up with petrol, electric car drivers need to locate a public charging station to recharge the battery in their vehicles. It isn't unusual to spot a charging station in the city or conveniently located in a car park.
Still, they certainly aren't as common at petrol stations just yet, and no one wants to be left frantically searching for a charging point minutes before your Electric Vehicle (EV) dies.
So, what can electric car drivers do to give themselves peace of mind when it comes to charging their car?
Well, charging your electric vehicle at home during the night, just like you would your smartphone, sounds like a pretty convenient option, right? That way, you can drive off each day knowing your car is fully charged and ready to go. Luckily, domestic charging is becoming more popular and is readily available for most EV owners.
There are two options for EV Home Charger installation.
Charging your car via a three-pin plug from a typical home socket. Usually, this would involve running an extension lead from your house or garage to reach your vehicle and then plugging it in as you would any other electrical device. However, the main issue with this option is that it can take a long time and use a substantial amount of energy to charge your EV fully.
EV drivers can install an EV Home Charger into their home, which is far more convenient and faster, not to mention more energy efficient. After the initial installation cost, a. EV Home Charger will help save you money and act as a more convenient and cost-effective way of charging your EV.
There are a few main points to consider when choosing the best electric car charger for you:
Power - The charging points can come in a range of power options. As a general rule, the higher the KW, the stronger the power and the faster the charge. However, as the power goes up, so does the cost. 7kw chargers are a nice middle point in terms of both power supply, charging speed and price.
Design - Chargers can come in different designs and colours. As you'll be seeing and using your electric car charger every day, it's a good idea to get something that looks good and fits with the surroundings!
Cable - There are a few options for the different types of cables available for home charging points. Mainly you can choose between a tethered charger & an untethered charger.
Tethered comes with a cable and is generally less fuss; however, it is rather bulky and won't work with every car.
Untethered chargers come without an attached cable, are sleek in design and should work with every car. However, you'll have to carry your cable with you, which can prove troublesome for some.
Smart chargers are an excellent EV Home Charger option for your electric car.
Smart chargers are internet-connected, so they can receive feedback and data directly from your electric car using grid technology, allowing the smart charger to work out the cheapest and most energy-efficient times to recharge your EV. Not only can smart charging save you money, but it is also better for the planet!
There's a reason why smart chargers are quickly becoming the most popular type of EV Home Charger on the market today!
Before you install a charging point at your property, EV owners need to pass a few simple checks to ensure they're in accordance with both the law and the requirements for an EV Home Charger. These include;
If you can meet these requirements, then you're ready for your EV Charger installation!
Perth City Electrics has become a leading expert in EV charger home installation services for the Perth area and Scotland.
Choosing and installing an EV Home Charger with Perth City Electrics puts you in safe hands and assures you of a reliable EV Home Charger for years to come. We are on hand to help you every step of the way, so if any issues or problems occur with your EV Home Charger after the installation service, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert team of electricians.
The time it takes for charging an electric car at home depends on two main things:
A slow charger of only 3kw, combined with a large car battery of 40kw, would take over 13 hours to charge fully. Up the charger to a 7kw charger, and you're looking at only 6 hours. This simple equation will help you determine the charging time for your electric car;
Car battery size ÷ charger speed = charging time.
If you choose to stick with the basic charging method of using a traditional plug outlet, you could be looking at upwards of 17 hours to charge your electric car fully. Not only is this an inconveniently long time, but it will also have an adverse effect on your energy bills, which no one wants!
If you instead opt to have a home charging point installed, it will only take around 5-7 hours to fully charge your EV. Hook your electric car up before going to bed, and in the morning, your EV will be fully charged and rearing to go.
This overnight charging method is the easiest and cheapest way of charging your EV.
Installation costs for EV Home Charging Points can range in price, from as low as £250 to upwards of £1000. It all depends on the type of EV Home Charger you want installed. However, on average, EV drivers can expect to pay around the £800 mark for a home charging point installation.
The power of the charger is the main factor in determining the cost. The power is measured in Kilowatts (KW), with the lower the KW, the slower the charge time.
These prices may seem a bit steep at first, but remember that this will save you money in the long run when it comes to electricity bills racked up by your EV. Also, remember that this will be significantly cheaper than filling up a tank of petrol.
However, if the price still seems unmanageable for you there are a few helpful Government EV charging schemes available for landlords, renters and workplaces. Find out if you're eligible for an EV Home Charger Grant.
The government continues to introduce different types of grants for installing EV Charging Stations at home and at work. Although the recent EV home charge scheme for homeowners ended on April 1st, there is now a range of new schemes available.
These new schemes are targetted towards:
The grants are here to assist EV drivers with up to 75% (up to £350 max) of the installation cost of an EV charger for the workplace, rented property or commercial property.
There are a few basic requirements that need to be met in order to benefit from the scheme, so if you've purchased a plug-in hybrid vehicle or an electric car since October 2016, and you meet the below checks, you're in luck!
Here at Perth City Electrics, we take pride in being a forward-thinking, environmentally friendly electrical company. This is why we've made it one of our top priorities to become a leading installer of electric vehicle charge points.
Our expert electricians can come out to you to get your home charger installed quickly and easily. We'll talk you through all of your options beforehand and make sure your home meets all the requirements for having a home charging system installed.
We'll also talk you through the simple charging process for your EV Home Charger and gladly answer any questions you may have.
If an EV Home Charger is what you are after, get in contact with us today to get the process started.