Charging at home
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.