Electric cars have several benefits. They’re far better for the planet, they are cheap to run, and they rarely need maintenance.But sometimes there is an idea that they are inconvenient to run, which puts people off. In fact, there’s nothing particularly difficult about it. There are a few options when charging an electric car. You can charge it from the mains using an extension lead, you can do it at a public charging point, or you can install a home charging point. Here, we are going to run you through why having a charger at home is a good idea. You’ll still have to use public charging points on long journeys, but day-to-day, it’s cheaper and easier to have your own.
Home EV charging points are cheaper
You’ll have to cover the installation costs yourself, but the OLEV grant gives you 75% of the cost of the charger, up to a maximum of £500. After the initial outlay on installation, your charging costs will be much cheaper. The cost of home charging will vary depending on the model of car and your electricity tariff, but a full charge might cost as little as £3 – meaning your car could cost as little as 2p per mile to run.’ You will just pay your normal electricity unit price, rather than £1-1.50 an hour for charging in public (or up to £7.50 an hour for rapid charging).
If you’re on Economy 7 or a time of use tariff, you could save even more money by charging your car with cheap off-peak electricity.
Home EV charging points are faster
Depending on its size, a home electric charging point can charge your car from flat to full in anywhere between 1 and 7 hours. This is definitely quicker than charging from the mains, which takes a minimum of six hours. It’s also quicker than public charging, unless you use a rapid charging point – but these aren’t cheap.
Home EV charging points are more convenient
Unlike being reliant on public charging points, installing a home charging point gives you absolute control over when you charge your car. Charging points can be hard to come by in some areas of the UK, and if you’re not first in line, you could easily find yourself hanging around waiting for the person in front to finish charging. At home, you can just plug it in and carry on with whatever you want to do! As most electric cars have a range of 200-300 miles, home charging will be enough for everyday use, meaning you’ll only have to top it up at public charging stations on long journeys.
Home EV charging points may be better for battery life
An electric car battery is no different to other batteries – charging it over and over will eventually affect how well it can hold its charge, and its efficiency will be reduced. Charging it to near full when possible, rather than just for an hour or two, might be better for it in the long run – and this will be easier to do if you have your own charging point.
Home EV charging points can improve property value
There are over 200,000 electric car owners in the UK at the time of writing, and as more and more people opt to go electric, an electric car charging point can be an attractive addition for would-be buyers.
Most chargers are pretty discreet and also easy to uninstall/relocate if need be.
Installing an EV charging point
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