How to Charge an Electric Car at Home

Because electric vehicles are quick, less noise, and mostly because they are environmentally friendly, they are becoming more and more popular with the more eco-aware amongst us.

Because the obvious answer to how you charge your EV battery is to simply plug it into the mains at your house – but we all know it’s not that easy unless you have a driveway right by your house whereby you can plug it straight into your domestic mains electricity supply. – however, this method is slow and costly.

But if you can’t, then that means you need an electric vehicle battery charger or at least know where you can go to for the ideal EV charge point.

Due to significant technological innovations, it is now possible to charge your electric vehicle at home by a home fast-charging point that you can have installed – rather than just at the various designated charging stations.

The other great thing is that there is a choice of several EV chargers in the marketplace for you to buy and for which the government will pay 75% of the installation cost.

An electric car will have either a type 1 or 2 connectors, so when you’re buying a ev home charger, make sure it’s one that’s compatible with it.

How to…
The weird thing is that charging your EV is as simple as charging your smartphone you as you only need to plug in a charging cable to your car battery and, hey presto, it’s all done!

When you’ve bought your EV battery charger, you’ll also have to ensure you have a home charging point installed where you park your car.

Many users have an EVSE supply cable for a 3-pin plug socket as a back-up – just in case.

To charge at home then, you’ll need:

• A specific home charging point at your home because this makes it faster and will have built-in safety features.
• A home charger which is in a compact and waterproof unit that mounts onto a wall with a connected charging cable or which has a socket for plugging in a portable charging cable.

Suppose you have an electric car installing point at your home. In that case, you’ll have needed to have had it installed by a professional as the installation process involves mounting the charge-point onto an exterior wall near to where you park, which involves working with your electricity supply.

How often…
You can recharge your EV as often as you like at home. It’s the same as charging your mobile phone – fully charging at night and topping up during the day as and when you need it.

Once you’ve plugged your EV in, you’ll find that your home charging points charge your vehicle at 3.7kW or 7kW, which gives about 15-30 miles of range per hour of charge – compared to 2.3kW from a 3-pin plug, which provides up to 8 miles of range per hour.

Overnight charging ensures the battery is full each morning – charging up stops automatically once the battery is full.

So, just plug it in and get on with your life – no hanging around necessary.