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Charging Ahead at Home

Charging Ahead at Home

By Swansway Motor Group 29-05-2018


So, you’re thinking about taking the plunge and going electric for your next car, but, you're worrying about keeping the battery charged at home; here's the lowdown.

Do I need to install a special charger at home to charge my electric car?

No, you can use a standard domestic three pin plug socket, however, you may want to think about a dedicated home-charger unit, as a 7kW unit will charge your car up to 3 times faster, added to that, the Government currently offers a £500 grant towards the cost of installing a home-charger unit.

Charging at Home

So, you’re thinking about taking the plunge and going electric for your next car and the one thing you’re probably worrying about is keeping the battery charged and how you go about that.

The good news is that home-charging is easy, you don’t even to have a home-charger unit installed, though you’d probably want one with the £500 Government grant that’s currently available meaning you can charge your battery 3 times quicker from just a £149.

Car with a cow graphic on the side being charged at the side of a barn

Think of your electric car like your phone

We’re all used to charging our mobile phones and most of us do it overnight, to fully charged, with some charging pit-stops during the day to keep it topped up.

That’s exactly how you go about charging an electric car. Charging overnight ensures your car is ready to roll in the morning, fully charged for the journey ahead.

As the public network of chargers is ever expanding, there could be a car park, a supermarket or a filling station where you can top-up, if needed, whilst you’re at work, shopping, meting friends or just going about your day.

Smartphone on charge

Will it cost me fortune in electricity?

Black and white vintage photo of an Electricity showroom

The short answer is ‘no’! The typical overnight electricity rate in the UK is 10p per kWh. That means it costs around 2p per mile to run an electric car, against the average cost of fuel in a diesel or petrol car being 15p per mile.

As an example, if your daily commute is a 25 mile round trip and you work 5 days a week, that’s 125 miles commute.

125 Mile Commute:

Electric Car                 125 miles x 2p             = £2.50 per week

Petrol/diesel car         125 miles x 15p           = £18.75 per week

Allowing for 4 weeks annual holiday the costs would be:

Electric Car                 48 weeks  x £2.50      = £120 per year

Petrol/diesel car         48 weeks  x £18.75    = £900 per year

That’s a saving of £780 a year on commuting costs alone.

I don’t have off-road parking at home, what can I do?

This clearly makes charging an electric car a little more difficult; however, many residential roads are joining the public charging network; as the Government gives a grant to local authorities to encourage them to install residential on-street chargers. The grant is up to 75% of the cost so check if your local authority is participating in the scheme and if they’re not, why not?

Electric car on charge at the side of a road

Why wait?

People can be heard saying, “Oh, I’ll just wait a bit longer, see what happens” and other such reasons; anecdotally drivers who change to an electric car would not go back to a traditionally fuelled car. They enjoy the immense cost savings, the cleanness of the technology and the instant torque.

So, why wait? The revolution is coming, be at the forefront.

White Volkswagen e-up! parked on a cobbled European street being admired by passers by


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