It is possible to charge your electric car at home as often as you need to, although most vehicle owners will treat charging their car in the same way they do their phone. This involves charging your electric vehicle fully overnight and topping up during the day if necessary. While it may not be necessary to charge your vehicle at home every day, many drivers will plug in each time they leave the car for a period of time, as this allows for more flexibility.
How to charge
Due to this reduction in power from standard sockets, most EV owners will choose to install a faster home car charging point, also known as an EV home charger.
These typically supply around 7kW in power, double that of a standard 3-pin plug and the same power outage as some public charging points. However, higher power home charging units are available which provide 22kW of power for even faster charging.
Installing an EV home charger
A home car charging point, also known as an EV home charger, is a compact weatherproof unit that mounts to a wall with a connected charging cable or a socket for plugging in a portable charging cable.
The installation process involves mounting the charging unit to an external wall or within a garage, near to where you usually park your vehicle, and then connecting this safely to the mains supply. Installation should take around three hours to complete, depending on the desired location of the charge point and the complexity of the installation. For this reason, home car charging points must be installed by qualified specialists. This can be booked through various companies online, over the phone or even through car dealerships when you buy your EV.