What it's like to get an EV charger at home

Posted 17/06/2019 by E.ON

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have grown rapidly in the last couple of years (leaping up by 63.3% in April) and the numbers on the road are only set to accelerate. So now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to make your home EV-ready.

Brian recently bought an EV and shares why he went electric and what's involved. “I switched to an electric car because they're more fun to drive, and I wanted to do something to help tackle climate change and improve our local air quality. You don't need to worry about queuing up to buy petrol, either – you can just plug in at home or at work and charge up your car's battery," he says.

The benefits of charging at home

If you're looking at buying an electric car, you're going to need a home charger. It's more convenient than having to rely on public charge points, and usually cheaper, too, Brian points out.

And if you buy an electric vehicle home charging post now, you could get a £500 grant from the government's Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), bringing the cost down to just £375, including installation.

Once the post is installed, it couldn't be simpler to charge your car at home. “Connect the socket in your car to your charging cable and plug the other end into the socket point on the charger," explains Brian. “Mine uses a card to unlock it and as soon as the cable goes into the charger, it is locked into place."

How long does it take to charge your electric car at home?

From practically no charge, it takes a few hours to fully charge the Nissan Leaf with a 7.4kW charger, giving you peace of mind that if you charge up overnight, your car will be ready to go the next day, he adds.

All of this stuff is pretty new, but equally switching to an electric vehicle is a long-term commitment, so it's important to choose the right provider.

“Also, when you're making an expensive purchase – at the moment, it's been on the EV side of things but in future if I go for solar panels or heat pumps, which I'd like to – I want the assurance that I'm going with a brand that's going to look after my long-term interests" he says.

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