With the UK on target to ban the sale of petrol cars by 2030, electric cars are certainly the future. They are not just the future though: they are the here and now. As of May 2021, there were an estimated 260,000 pure electric cars in the UK. There were an additional 535,000 plugin and hybrid cars on the UK roads. While there are indisputable environmental benefits brought by electric vehicles, they bring their own issue in terms of infrastructure.
There are currently around 25,000 charging points across the UK. In reality, there need to be 10 times this many by 2030 given the additional electric cars that will be on the roads. While publicly accessible charging are welcomed, the smart money will be going on home charging points.
What is an EV home charger?
As the name would suggest, an EV home charger allows you to charge your electrical vehicle at home. It sees a point being installed that allows you to charge your electric car without reliance on the public charging points that exist. Of course, the network of charging points will still be needed as a full charge will only get a car so far.
The advantage of an EV home charger is that you can fully charge your car overnight and be ready to go in the morning. There are even EV smart chargers available. These are connected to the internet and provide a link between your car and the grid. This allows it to work out the cheapest times to charge your vehicle saving you money each time you hook up.
What do you need for an EV home charger?
When it comes to installing an EV home charger, the first thing that you are going to need is off-road parking. This could be in the form of a driveway, garage, or a designated parking space. The next consideration is suitable electrics. For this, you need to ensure that there is a fuse board with an isolation switch. It may be that an installation team will ask for photos of your fuse board before any work starts.
Although an EV home charger will save money in the long run, one consideration is the increased use of electricity. This is something that can not be avoided. It is worth running through comparison websites to ensure that you have the best deal and the most appropriate tariff. The final consideration is your smartphone. You’ll want to make sure that is compatible with your EV home charger so that you can operate it with ease. Your smartphone app will also help to locate charging points when you are out on the road.
What is the cost of an EV home charger?
The cost of an EV home charger will vary depending on the unit that you have installed. The average price is around £800 but you can find cheaper models that give less power. If you’re looking for a charger that will see your car fully charged in record time then you can expect to pay up to £1,500. We are OLEV approved, meaning our chargers with installation start from £650. You can get your full quote here.
The government need us to make the shift towards electric cars to meet their targets on emissions. That means that there are grants available to help with the costs. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) can see you receiving a substantial contribution towards the cost.