The answer to this question is very simple: you need a charger that supplies power from the grid or from solar panels. But there are chargers and then there are chargers, so it’s essential to know what type of electric charger your car needs.
Most vehicle manufacturers will recommend the best method of charging your electric car and this usually requires having a home charger point installed outside your property.
Can all plug-in cars be charged at home?
Yes, any plug-in car can be charged at home. But it’s really important to know the specifications and characteristics of your vehicle and its battery before charging it.
Can i plug my car into a home socket?
If you want to charge your car at home, you must use a professional charging station (charger) for this purpose. A normal wall socket supplies voltage of up to 220 volts which is far too low for any electric car. Electric cars need voltage of 400 or more volts. The best solution is an optimal equipment with the best features and specifications. You can use an EVSE supply cable for a 3 pin plug socket as an back up but the charging time will a lot longer than a electric charging point.
What to do if the car doesn’t want to accept charge?
There are different reasons why an electric vehicle doesn’t take a charge:
- The charger is broken (which shouldn’t happen).
- There is no power in the battery or there is bad contact between the battery and the charger.
- The car is locked (electronic lock or mechanical key).
How much does an electric charger point cost?
The cost really depends on the type of charging point you require. Smart chargers that are controlled by your mobile phone are a tad more expensive than chargers without the ‘smart’ connections.
Prices also depend on the charger speed (Kw) and type of cable connection. You have two cable options; tethered or un-tethered.
A tethered cable is basically a fixed cable to the charging unit.
The best time to buy a home or business electric charging point is right now!
As the government aims to meet their obligation of reducing fossil fuel cars on the road and stop sales of diesel vehicles, there are some fantastic grants available. These grants are for purchasing and installing the unit at home
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is a grant that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge-point and its installation.
So costs including the grant are from £399 – Contact a member of the team for more information or read more about eligibility for the electric charger grant scheme
What is a smart charger?
Most chargers now have smart features like and accompanying app that allows you stop and start a charge. However, there are new features such as Vehicle to Grid that allows apps to schedule your charging when theres less demand on the power grid. The theory is that you can also charge at times when renewable energy is available – which sounds great.
On top of that, your home can also take electric from the car when demand on the national grid is high.