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Electric cars have many benefits; amongst other things, they’re better for the planet, quieter and lower maintenance than petrol/diesel cars.
EV cars can be charged at public charging stations. Some are free, some charge a small fee, and they are available across the country. However, for convenience, most EV car owners do the the majority of their charging at home. Electric cars have ranges of 200-300 miles, so home charging will suffice for day to day running, but may need supplementing on long journeys.
Can I charge my car from the mains?
The chances are, if you’re just using your EV as a runaround in town, you won’t need to use public charging points; home charging will do just fine.
There are two ways of doing it: the first is straight from the mains.
Depending on how many volts your domestic power socket’s supply is, charging from the mains in the UK should take 6-9 hours. The easiest thing to do is to plug your car in overnight.
As a short-term or occasional solution, charging from the mains is fine. Continued daily use of a standard power socket, however, is not recommended.
The solution is to install a specially-designed charger. These are becoming more and more common as adoption of the technology grows.
Installing a home electric car charger
Getting a charger installed on your property makes your life easier. It is safer and charges up to 2.5x faster than with a 3 pin plug. It’s just as quick as – or quicker than some – public charging points, and there’s no having to wait around at a service station. Home chargers – normally either 16-amps or 32-amps – can charge an electric vehicle from flat to full in 3.5 hours.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?
The cost of home charging varies depending on your tariff (and, if on Economy 7, the time of day). An average electricity rate is 10p per kWh, meaning your car could cost as little as 2p per mile. You could make potentially huge savings on fuel – an estimated £1000 a year compared to petrol.