Charging at home

It’s all very well having an electric car, but you’ll need somewhere to charge it. Here’s what you need to know about charging your car at your home.

Words by: First published: 17th June 2018
If you can park your car in a garage, driveway or somewhere within a cable’s length of your home, home-charging may well be an option for you. In its most basic form, you can plug a three-pin cable into the mains, and you’ll be able to fill up in around eight hours, depending on the type of vehicle and the size of the battery.
Installing a charging point
Installing a dedicated charging point will improve charging times dramatically. There are dozens of manufacturers offering charging points, most of which are wall-mounted. Most will offer either a standard 3kW option, or a fast 7kW. As you might expect, faster ones cost more, but can cut hours off the charging time.

You can cut costs further by charging overnight when electricity is on a lower tariff. Many charging units have a timer function to let you take advantage of cheaper electricity.

If you own your home, installing a charging point shouldn’t be an issue – it’s your home, you can do what you like. But if you rent, you should get permission from your landlord. Some landlords are happy to have a charge point installed, as it makes the property more attractive in the future.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
The government offers a grant, called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, which will cover up to 75% of the costs of installing a charge point, capped at £500 per vehicle. For a 3kW unit, expect to pay around £300 after the grant, while a 7kW is likely to be around £400. All such units must be installed by an Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) authorised installer.