As the electric vehicle (EV) market continues to grow, the need for convenient home charging solutions is becoming more crucial. Whether you're a seasoned EV driver or considering your first electric car, understanding the costs and options for installing a home charger is essential. Here, we delve into the details of home EV charger installation costs, available grants, charging costs, and the best chargers for your needs.
Home Charger Installation Costs
The cost of a home charge point typically ranges between £800 to £1,500, influenced by factors such as the installer and the charger model.
With the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) now closed, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) offers a new scheme for residents in flats or rental properties, contributing up to £350 towards the cost of a charger and its installation.
Eligibility for the Grant
To be eligible, you must:
Live in a rented property or own a flat.
Have dedicated off-street parking.
Own, lease, or use an eligible EV.
Not have previously claimed an EV charge point grant.
Electric Car Charger Power Usage
EV chargers use kilowatts (kW) to measure power, similar to household electricity. Battery capacities in EVs range from 17 kWh to over 100 kWh. Charging speed and battery capacity determine the charging time and power consumption. To calculate the cost of a full charge, multiply your electricity cost per kWh by your car's battery capacity.
Cost Variations in Charging
The cost of charging an EV varies based on factors like electricity tariffs, charger types, and usage of renewable energy sources like solar panels. Public rapid chargers generally cost more than home charging.
Charging Through Regular Plugs
While charging through a regular 3-pin plug is possible, it's not recommended as a primary method due to slow charging speeds and potential strain on household circuits.
How to Get a Home Charger
Installing a home charger can be arranged through energy providers or specialist companies, with many car manufacturers offering chargers as part of their packages.
Choosing the Right Home Charger
Most common home chargers are 7kW, available in various designs and features. Compatibility with your car’s connector, app integration, and energy-saving features are important considerations.
Smart Chargers and Regulations
UK regulations mandate smart charging functionality in all EV charge points. Smart chargers offer scheduling features, protect the grid from demand surges, and provide secure updates, enhancing efficiency and grid management.
Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charging
V2G technology allows EVs to return energy to the grid during peak times, aiding in grid management and relying on renewable energy sources.