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If you're wanting to find out more about leasing an electric car, or have questions around charging, our comprehensive guides have everything you need to know.

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Can I charge my electric car at home?

Absolutely! Charging your electric car at home is the easiest and most practical option for EV owners in the UK. Here's why:

Convenient: Home chargers allow you to recharge your EV on your property. No need to track down public charging stations, wait in queues or pay a premium for the service. Simply plug in your EV and it will be ready to go when you are.

Cost-effective:Charging at home is generally cheaper than using public infrastructure. Take advantage of off-peak overnight electricity rates to unlock even more savings.

Use green energy: When you install a home EV charger you have the option to select a green energy tariff. Using renewable energy to charge your EV battery will reduce your carbon footprint even further.

Increase property value: Installing a home charger can increase the value of your property and make it more attractive to eco-conscious buyers. And of course, EV owners.

Take advantage of grants: Government grants and incentives can offset the cost of installing a home EV charger.

Find out more about how to top up your EV battery in our electric car charging guide.

How do I install a home charger?

Installing a home EV charger is a relatively simple and straightforward process, but it's important to follow the right steps. Ideally, seek help from an expert to ensure your home charger is properly installed.

Below, we cover each step in more detail.

Home charger installation process

We break down the home charger installation process into six easy steps:

1: Assess your space

Start by assessing your parking situation. Consider factors like electrical supply, access and security.

2: Choose the right charger

EV owners can choose from a variety of charging options, including 3.6kW and 7.4kW. Your decision will depend on factors like the make and model of your EV, electricity supply and budget.

3: Contact a professional

It’s always advisable to hire a qualified electrician or Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) professional to install your home charger. They will assess your home electrical system, test capacity and ensure the charger is installed safely.

4: Apply for grants

Take some time to research grants, determine your eligibility and submit your application before installation.

5: Installation and testing

The next step is installation, which sees a professional connect your EV charger to your home electrical supply. This may involve installing a dedicated circuit. After installation, the charger will be tested to ensure it’s safe, efficient and to code.

6: Start using your charger

Once the charger is installed and approved, you can start using it to top up your EV battery at home.

What types of home chargers can be installed?

Home chargers come in various types and power levels to suit your needs. Here are some of the most popular options used in the UK:

3.6kW home charger

Simple and affordable, 3.6kW chargers are suitable for overnight charging. They offer around 15 - 20 miles of range per hour and are ideal for smaller EVs and models with smaller batteries.

7.4kW home charger

Accelerate the charging process with a 7.4kW home charger. Compatible with most electric cars including SUVs and luxury models, the technology provides approximately 30 - 40 miles for every hour of charging.

Other home charger options

Depending on your needs, you can choose chargers with even higher power outputs, like 11kW or 22kW systems.

How much does it cost to install an EV charger at home UK?

The cost of installing an EV charger at home in the UK can vary depending on several factors, including the charger type, your location and the characteristics of your existing electrical system.

Generally, installation costs can range from as low as £600 for a basic 7.4kW wall box to as high as several thousand pounds for an advanced three-phase connection.

How fast can I charge my electric car with a home charger?

Charge times depend on the capabilities of your home charger, as well as the characteristics of your EV. Here are some real-world examples of popular EVs in the UK to give you an idea of typical charge times.

Compact EVs: Compact electric cars like the Nissan Leaf can be topped up with around 30 - 40 miles of range per hour of charging, using a standard 7.4kW system.

SUVs:Expect a similarperformance of 30 - 40 miles of range per hour of charging for best-selling EVs like the Kia e-Niro.

Luxury EVs: Luxury models like the Teslas are compatible with high-power chargers, which can add 90 - 120 miles of range per hour using a 22kW fast charger.

Are there any grants for home chargers?

Yes! There are grants available to help cover the cost of installing home chargers in the UK. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular:

EV Chargepoint Grant - England

Launched by the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), the EV Chargepoint Grant covers up to 75% of the cost of installing home chargers. It’s a replacement for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) which was phased out in 2022.

On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme - England

If you don’t have a suitable space to install a home charger, consider the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) which provides funding for the installation of on-street residential chargepoints.

Energy Saving Trust (EST) Home Charge Scheme – Scotland

Available in Scotland, the EST offers up to £400 to EV owners looking to purchase and install home charging systems.

How do EV home charger grants work?

Home charger grants provide financial incentives to eligible EV owners. Offered by government agencies and eco-conscious organisations, these grants typically cover a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing a home charger.

What are the benefits of installing an EV home charger?

For most EV owners, the benefits of installing a home charger outweigh the costs. Here’s why:

  • Easy and convenient
  • Take advantage of discounted overnight electricity rates
  • Cost-effective – helps to reduce the overall cost of EV ownership
  • Option to choose green energy tariffs
  • Increase the value of your property
  • Take advantage of available grants and incentives

Home charger FAQs

We answer some of the most asked questions about EV home chargers:

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