Why do you need a home charger?

Why do you need a home charger?

A home charging unit offers extra convenience when charging your plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle. They're fast, reliable and get you back on the road, ready for your next adventure in no time.

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Convenience

Unlike with petrol and diesel vehicles, you charge your car at home at a time that’s convenient for you. It’s just like plugging your phone in to charge at night

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Reduced fuel costs

On the average UK energy tariff it costs 4p per mile to charge your car. For the average UK motorist driving 8000 miles per year can reduced your fuel costs to £320 by switching electric

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Increase your property's value

As the number of electric vehicle drivers increases, a home charge point will become increasingly desirable in the property market and will add value to your home

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Compatibility

Home charge points are designed to be compatible with all major brands. Whether your vehicle has a Type 1 or Type 2 inlet, you'll always be able to find a charger that suits

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Faster, safer and more reliable charging

We don’t recommend charging from a 3-pin plug as a long-term charging solution. They aren't designed to withstand the required load and charge vehicles very slowly. While it's good to have one of these as a back-up option, home charge points provide a faster, safer and more reliable option

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Specially designed features

Home charge points always come with built-in safety and weatherproof features ensuring charging is safe and reliable. Most are also available with smart features to make charging even more convenient. These include smartphone or web apps which allow you to track, manage and even start and finish charging sessions remotely

How much do home charge points cost?

How much do home charge points cost?

The government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) offers up to £350 towards the cost of your home charge point which reduces the price of most charge points to around £400-500. When you consider the cable required to charge from a regular 3-pin plug socket costs over £200 on its own, it seems like a sensible investment.

What does it cost to charge a car at home?

Charging an electric car from empty to full will cost something between £5-£10. If you're charging a plug-in hybrid or just topping up your electric vehicle, it will cost significantly less.

On the average UK energy tariff it costs roughly 14p per kWh to charge. If you use a specially designed tariff for electric vehicle drivers you can charge for as little as 5p per kWh. This would reduce the cost of fully charging your car from £5-10 to £2-3.

Available energy tariffs

Speed of home charging

The time it takes to charge your vehicle at home depends on a few factors:

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Power rate of your charge point

Slow 3.7kWh chargers produce up to 15 miles per hour of charging and fast 7kWh chargers produce up to 30 miles per hour of charging

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Charging rate of your vehicle

Your vehicle will only accept charge at the rate it is capable of charging at. If it can only accept charge of 3kWh it will charge at this speed even if it is plugged into a more powerful charger

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Battery size

The larger the vehicle’s battery, measured in kWh, the longer it will take to charge

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Level of charge

Most charges aren’t done from empty as it is rare that the vehicle’s entire range will be used in one trip. Charge times will be faster if your vehicle has some range left and you are topping it up

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Climate

Charging rates are slightly faster when it is warmer. You are likely to experience slightly slower charges in winter than you would in summer

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