An EV Charger for your home or business
EV Chargers at home
There are now just over a million battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the road that can be charged by EV chargers. Additionally, a third of households planning on changing their car in the next year are considering an electric vehicle.
Consequently, the number of people installing Electric Vehicle Chargers on their properties is on the increase. This increase in electric car owners means that adding an EV Charger to your home has longer-term benefits. Some home buyers are already looking for homes with solar panels and EV chargers already installed.
What is a home electric car charger?
Home car chargers go by different names, like EV chargers, car charge points, or EV wallboxes. But their job is the same: they let you charge your car safely using the full power from your home electricity.
Most home EV charge points have a capacity of 7kW (kilowatts), which matches the maximum power most typical UK homes can handle.
What are the benefits of EV Chargers?
Can I have a car charge installed at home?
If you have a home with a driveway or private parking, you can install an electric car charger. About 60% of homes in the UK have this option, so it’s suitable for many people. But if you don’t have private parking or live in a rented property or a flat, getting a charger might be more complicated.
Renters need permission from their landlord, and the same goes for flat or apartment dwellers, even if they own the property. There are other things to think about too, like how long and complex the cable needs to be to connect the charger to a power source.
How much does a home EV Charger cost?
The cost of a home car charger in the UK can vary depending on several factors such as the brand, features, charging capacity, and any additional installation requirements. It’s important to note that there may be additional costs involved if any electrical upgrades or modifications are required for the solar installation. These costs will depend on the specifics of your property and its electrical infrastructure. The best type of Car Charger though is one run from your home solar panels. If you order an EV charger at the same time as a solar install then you only pay one set of installation fees.
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Installing an EV home charger to your solar system is a complex job that requires an electrician experienced in EV charger installation. When the charger is installed, it needs to be registered with the company responsible for supplying electricity to the house, known as the Distribution Network Operator (DNO). Usually, the installer will handle the registration process, but it’s always good to double-check. SolarGain are ready to answer all your questions.
We get asked alot of questions about EV chargers and Electric Vehicles, he is just a selection of them.
It is not recommended for you to install your own electric car charge point unless you are a qualified electrician. Our team of engineers consists of experienced professionals who are qualified to carry out the necessary electrical work. They are also well-versed in the intricacies of EV chargers and can ensure proper setup and provide demonstrations on how to use them.
When it comes to charging your electric vehicle at home, you’ll need either a Type 1 or Type 2 connection. The type you need depends on your specific EV model. Type 1 connectors, with a five-pin plug, are popular among Asian car brands like Nissan and Mitsubishi. On the other hand, Type 2 connectors, with a seven-pin plug, are commonly used by American and European manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Renault, Mercedes, VW, and Volvo. Type 2 connectors are becoming more popular overall.
In the majority of situations, the answer is no. Considering the average daily commute of approximately 30 miles, using a dedicated home charge point usually takes around 1-2 hours to recharge an electric vehicle (EV). If you have multiple EVs and use them regularly, a convenient solution would be to charge one EV at night and the other the following night, rotating between the two.