As electric vehicles become more powerful and more common on our roads, and in light of the impending ban on petrol and diesel vehicles, more people than ever before are making the switch to electric cars. But charging these can be a barrier for some. Home charging points can be an effective and straight forward solution. But what should you know about EV charging at home? Well, here at Powerhouse, we are EV charging point experts, and we work with homeowners, and businesses, to install these across the UK. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about installing an EV charger at home.
What are the important considerations when installing an EV charger at home?
There are several things to consider if you are thinking about installing an EV charger at home. These include:
- Choosing a professional installation team – your EV charging point needs to be installed safely by a professional team to prevent any electrical risks. If you want to make use of the OLEV grant, you will also need to work with an OLEV approved installation team, like us here at Powerhouse.
- Installation location – the EV charging point needs to be installed somewhere accessible and the location also needs to be fully weatherproof, including rain and frost protection too.
What are the benefits of installing an EV charger at home?
There are a number of advantages and benefits to installing an EV charger at home. These include:
- The OLEV grant – The OLEV grant will cover 75% of the cost of the charger, up to a maximum of £500, when you choose an OLEV approved installation team, like us here at Powerhouse. This means that the installation cost is much more affordable than you might initially think.
- Home charging is cheaper – while you will have to pay out for the installation initially, the cost of charging your EV at home will be far cheaper than relying on public or workplace chargers. In fact, at home a full charge will probably cost about £3. That’s as little as 2p per mile to run! And if you use your off-peak electricity tariff, you could reduce this cost further.
- Home charging points are faster – if you are deciding between simply using the mains, or installing a dedicated charger, the speed of charging should be a deciding factor. With a dedicated EV charger your full charge can take between 1 and 6 hours, depending on the type of charger. With the mains a full charge will take a minimum of 6 hours.
- Home charging points offer convenience – with a home charging point you can charge your EV while you sleep, safely in your own garage, instead of leaving early to find somewhere to charge in public. This is incredibly convenient and can save you countless hours of concern.
For more information or advice about EV chargers, or for professional EV charging point installation for your business or residential property, get in touch with the experts today, here at Powerhouse.