How to Charge Your Electric Car at Home
At the end of 2020 it was reported that around 80% of all electric car charging was taking place at home. With this said it we think it’s more important than ever to make plugging in your car to charge as painless and cost effective as possible.
To make the decision process as straightforward as possible we’ve gathered together some useful information that will answer your questions on the different methods of charging. Find out everything you need to know on charging your car at home here.
Why Install an Electric Vehicle Charing Station?
Charging your electric vehicle at home is a much more straightforward and altogether cheaper process than charging it on a public network such as a petrol station.
Home charging systems give you the luxury of simply plugging in your car and leaving it. It will switch off and even send you a text message when it is ready to use again.
With battery sizes increasing all the time, former standard 3-pin plug charging options which work of your houses electricity source can take over 24 hours to deliver a full charge and as a result manufacturers recommend they are only for ‘emergency use’. A better option, especially if you’re committed to everyday Electric Vehicle use, is a wallbox charger. Installed at your home in a suitable place it is capable of delivering faster charging times safely and reliable.
Why Not Plug my Electric Vehicle into a Wall Socket?
Using a standard 13-amp socket is not recommended due to a number of factors.
Firstly, it will make the recharging process painfully long, taking up to 12 hours to fully recharge your car. Secondly, house wiring was never designed to withstand such intense electrical loads for prolonged periods of time. Charging an electric car via a wall socket is extremely likely to deteriorate your house wiring, putting you at an increased risk of fire.
Griff Services Ltd offer a variety of alternative charging solutions to suit your individual requirements. This includes freestanding pedestal units; wall pods; networked solutions for car parks or block of apartments; as well as commercial and industrial heavy duty and vandal resistant options too.
What is a wallbox charger?
Put simply it is a standalone charger that’s wired directly into your domestic electricity supply. As the name suggests, it’s mounted to the external wall of your property and allows you to quickly and easily plug your car in to charge.
Is my car compatible?
We work with all major car manufacturers and our electric vehicle charging sockets are compatible with both Type 1 and Type 2 connectors.
Although it would be ideal for everyone to have the option to have one, of course, they aren’t necessarily suitable for everyone. As a starting point you do require a driveway or at least a dedicated parking space close to your house. With this said, here at Griff Services we offer a variety of alternative charging solutions to suit your individual requirements. This includes freestanding pedestal units; wall pods; networked solutions for car parks or block of apartments; as well as commercial and industrial heavy duty and vandal resistant options too.
Here at Griff Services Ltd we don’t just install electric vehicle charging points. Our extensive knowledge and experience in this field allows us to offer a design service as well as call options and maintenance packages for your existing units.
*Some manufacturers are currently offering a free wallbox and fitting when you purchase one of its EVs, so it’s worth looking at what offers are out there. To encourage drivers to switch to EV, the Government is offering financial incentives through its OLEV (Office of Low Emissions Vehicles) department. If you buy a new EV, then you’ll currently qualify for a grant that pays for 75 percent of the price and installation cost of a wallbox, up to a maximum of £350. Currently you can apply for a grant for each EV you own, although this is limited to just two vehicles.