For those with a driveway Electric car home charger installation is the way to go. As long as you’re able to charge overnight your car will be ready to go without having to visit the equivalent of a petrol station.
You can charge at home as long as cables do not cross a pavement or public path, the OLEV grant would not be available if this was the case.
Research has revealed, for example, that the average UK driver covers just 20 miles a day.
It’s estimated that around 80% of electric car charges take place at home.
What you need to know
Manufacturers may offer a ‘free’ home charger as part of the car sale, however beware of the small print. One installer says that this often only covers simple installations.
The Government offers a grant through OLEV Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) which provides up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charging point. Obtaining the Grant requires proof of the vehicle and installation by a OLEV approved installer.
To get the Government Grant you’ll need to use a OLEV registered Installer, as well as being a fully qualified electrician they will have passed a specific EV Charger installation exam for the purpose.
The vehicle dealer may have a relationship with an installation company, however the installer may only offer a minimal service rather than the full service you need.
There are a number of Charger models available. You’ll need to decide the location, Plug type and whether you want the cable to be permanently attached. Most Electric cars use a CCS plug, although some use Type 2. Older Nissans and a few others use CHAdeMO. You’ll need to know which type it is.
Expect to pay £400 – £500 on top of the OLEV grant.
Typically 14p per kW/h
Cost of Electricity for charging at home
All Chargers now have to be Smart Chargers in order to qualify for the OLEV Grant. A key aspect of Smart Chargers is that they can be controlled remotely from the Grid, this enables the Grid to reduce the consumption if necessary.
You will need to decide between a Tethered (wired-in) or Untethered (plug-in) charging cable.
Remember the charger could be in place for a long time, so consider your future with Electric vehicles.
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