Home charging stationIf you own an electric car with a space to park outside your home, installing an electric vehicle charger is a very attractive idea. You would always have a charging point available ensuring each time you drive away; you leave with a full battery. When choosing a charging station for your home, you will need to take into account various factors, such as the type of car and where the EV charger will be located. Interested in an EV charging station for your home? Fill out our selection guide and find out which charging station is most suitable for you!
How much does a home EV charging station cost?
In the short term, choosing a charging station for your electric car at home seems to entail quite a few costs. Firstly you need to purchase the charging station itself which will include an installation cost, in addition to this you will have the periodic costs of the subscription that comes with the charging station.
Once the installation is complete, you can start to “earn”. Home charging is much cheaper than public charging, even with the periodic subscription added to it. In the UK, the average home’s electricity rate is 14p per kWh, whilst fast public charging can cost double that with rates of up to 30p per kWh!
Government subsidy for charging at home
Currently in the UK, buyers of electric vehicle chargers are eligible for Government’s OLEV Grant (also known as Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)). This grant allows eligible buyers to claim up to £350 off the cost of purchasing & installing a home charging station, with one charging station eligible per vehicle up to a maximum of two charging points per household.
How do I get a charging station installed at home?
Interested in a home charging station? Understandable, given the many benefits. As it is extremely unwise to install a charging station yourself, we recommend that you should seek a properly certified installer.
Therefore, all of our tailor-made charging station quotations include installation by one of our own authorised installers. This way you can be safe in the knowledge that your EV charger is properly and safely installed.
EV charger installation
After you have requested a quote, one of our team will prepare a quote that is precisely tailored to your situation and wishes. Should the team require more information to create your quotation they will contact you within 48 hours of your quote request. Once progressed to install, the installer will take all necessary steps to prepare the installation adhering to all NICEIC guidelines.
The next step is to install the charging station itself. Here the installer will mount the EV charger in the desired location either hung on a wall or mounted by pole, making sure to bury and conceal the cable where requested or necessary. Finally, the charging station is connected and activated. Afterwards the installer will ensure the work area is left cleaned and check that everything is working correctly. Of course, the installer will also have time to explain your new charging system and answer and questions you may have.
EV charger types
Depending on where you plan to have a charge station installed whether it be a domestic or commercial property, there are a few things you will need to think about. For example, do you want a 1-phase or 3-phase charging station? Do you choose dynamic load balancing or not? Are you having the station mounted on a wall or a pole? The type of charging station depends on various factors such as the type of electric car, the situation with your property and of course your budget and preferences.
The advantages of charging at home
You will never have to worry about leaving home with a half-full battery, so range is no longer an issue.
You no longer have to queue for a public charging station.
Home charging (or at work) is much cheaper than public charging.
If you already have solar PV fitted, you can generate your own electricity to charge with.