Your guide to charging an electric car at home

If you have an electric car, you may be wondering whether it is worth investing in a charger for your home. 

This comes with lots of questions, such as how much will this cost and how long will it take? Your electric car is going to be the way you get around from day to day, so it is important you know how it keep it charged up when you need it! Keep reading to find out how to charge your electric car at home…

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

Charging points at home often charge slower than chargers you may find at work or in car parks. This is because you are likely to be charging your car overnight, so it can charge slowly over a longer period of time. 

For an average electric car, it will take around 4 hours to charge your car at home. 

The specific model you choose will have a lot to do with the speed. However, time isn’t as important of a factor when it comes to a home charging point, as you will usually be charging overnight.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?

A typical electric car will have a battery of around 60 kWh, which costs as low as £8.40 for a full charge. Compared to how much you spend on petrol; this will save you a considerable amount of money- especially as your car will not require a full charge each night. 

Home chargers are a lot cheaper than chargers in cities or towns, as they charge extra for the convenience.

How to charge an electric car

Charging an electric car at home is as easy as it could be! You simply plug your car in when you get home and allow it to charge over-night. 

Your charger will have built in safety features and will be completely weather-proof, so no amount of bad weather will disrupt your full charge. You will often be able to set timers on your charger to tell it when it should charge, since you won’t need to charge it all night every night. This saves energy and helps your car battery to live for longer.

Cost of installing the charger

If you are looking to get a charger installed, check out our contact details down below to find out how to get in touch with our team. 

Due to a grant offered by OLEV, the cost of your charger is heavily subsidised by a £500 grant, available for most electric vehicles. This leaves you paying as little as £300 towards your charger, which will be worth every penny! This is a huge incentive so make sure to check it out before making any purchases! 

If you need help with the OLEV grant application, feel free to get in touch with our team and we will see what we can do!

How often you should charge your car?

This question depends upon a few key factors: 

  • How often you use your car and how many miles you travel 
  • How large your car battery is 
  • How powerful your charger is 

You should charge your car when you need to, but this does not mean charging it all night, every day. chargers have options to let you decide when to start charging or when to cap the charge, which can be very useful. 

For example, you may choose to set your car to start working just two or three hours before you get up and drive in the morning.

Need an electrician in Croydon to install an electric car charging point in your home?

Our team install electrical car charging points across Croydon, Bromley, Sutton, Beckenham, West Wickham, Shirley, Coulsdon and Purley. 

Our team are experts when it comes to electric cars, so get in touch today to find out more. 

Give us a call on 07969 784 503 email us at jkelectricalservices@hotmail.co.uk or check out the contact form on our website. 

We hope to hear from you soon!