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Charging an Electric Car at Home

A complete guide to charging an electric car at home, including how to charge at home, how much it costs and how long it takes.

Last updated: Nov 02, 2022 9 min read

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Summary

You can charge an electric car at home using a dedicated home charger (a standard 3 pin plug with an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) cable should only be used as a last resort).

  • Electric car drivers choose a home charging point to benefit from faster charging speeds and built-in safety features.
  • Charging an electric car is like charging a mobile phone. plug in overnight and top up during the day.
  • Certain electricity tariffs offer much cheaper electricity at specific periods (usually late at night) and scheduling to charge your car, either via the Pod Point App or the car itself, can save you money.

Tip: If you are looking for information on how to use your Solo 3 (Home), go to our user guides.

How to charge an electric car at home

To charge an electric car at home, you should have a home charging point installed where you park your electric car. You can use an EVSE supply cable for a 3 pin plug socket as an occasional back up.

  • Drivers usually choose a dedicated home charging point because it’s faster and has built-in safety features.
  • A 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.
  • Dedicated EV chargers for your home are installed by qualified specialist installers like Pod Point.

Tip: An electric car will have either a Type 1 or a Type 2 connector and you’ll need to choose a home charger that’s compatible with it. To make it easy, we automatically make sure you get the right chargepoint for your vehicle when you order.

Cost of installing a dedicated home charger

A fully installed home charging point costs from £799.

  • Once installed, you only pay for the electricity you use to charge.
  • The typical electricity rate in the UK is just over 28p per kWh, while on Economy 7 tariffs the typical overnight electricity rate in the UK is 11p per kWh.
  • By switching to an electricity tariff designed specifically for EV drivers, you could reduce this to just 4.5p per kWh and charge up for under £5 while you sleep.

Visit “Cost of charging an electric car” to learn more about the cost of charging at home.

Average in the UK in 2022 according to ofgem. Please note, energy vary and can go up and down. To find your current cost per kWh, please check your electricity bill or contact your provider.

Average Economy 7 night time price according to nimblefins.

EV charging based on using a 7kW home charger and EDF’s GoElectric Exclusive 35 tariff at 4.5p/kWh off-peak.

How fast you can charge an electric car at home

Charging speed for electric cars is measured in kilowatts (kW).

Home charging points charge your car at 3.6kW or 7kW giving about 15-30 miles of range per hour of charge (compared to 2.3kW from a 3 pin plug which provides up to 8 miles of range per hour).

Maximum charging speed may be limited by your vehicle’s onboard charger. If your car allows up to 3.6kW charging rate, using a 7kW charger will not damage the car.

For more details on the time it takes to charge at home, please visit “How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?”.

Tip: Most domestic properties have single phase power which means the maximum charging rate is 7kW. While faster chargepoints are available (such as a 22kW unit), these are usually found in commercial properties where there is a three phase power supply. Find out about the difference of single and three phase power in our EV Dictionary.

How to get an electric car charging point installed at home

Electric car charging points need to be professionally installed. A certified charging provider will include installation cost in the price of the unit.

  • The installation process involves wall mounting the chargepoint on an exterior wall or garage, near to where you park and connecting it safely to the mains electricity supply.
  • An installation should take around three hours to complete, depending on the individual requirements of the driver and the complexity of the installation.
  • Installations can be booked directly online, over the phone or through car dealerships, with most providers happy to provide free advice and talk through the options available.
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Tip: It’s always wise to be at home during your install: The best charging providers will install a chargepoint in the most convenient and neat location for you, but also demonstrate how to charge your car and answer any questions you have.

How often should you charge an electric car at home

You can charge your electric car at home as often as you need to. It can be treated the same as charging a mobile phone, fully charging overnight and topping up in the day if necessary.

While it is not necessary for most to charge every day, many drivers plug in each time they leave their car out of habit, giving them maximum flexibility should they have to make an unexpected journey.

  • By charging overnight, electric car drivers can take advantage of cheap nighttime electricity rates and drive for as little as 2p per mile.
  • Overnight charging also ensures that the car’s battery is full each morning for the day ahead. You don’t need to unplug once the battery is full, charging will stop automatically with a dedicated home charger.
  • Most drivers also make use of charging facilities at their workplace or public destinations to top up charge.

Tip: Most cars will allow you to set a top charging limit. Always follow your manufacturer’s advice on how “full” to charge your car. Some will recommend setting a limit of a 90% charge to allow the battery management system to rotate the charging of cells evenly.

Optimising charging at home

As more people charge their electric cars at home, Smart home chargers are a way to tackle new energy related challenges that will arise for drivers and networks.

Cheaper energy

While an EV driver is saving money overall by powering their car with electricity rather than fossil fuels, their home energy bill will still be bigger than it was before. The good news is, unlike fossil fuels, there are lots of things that can be done to understand and reduce the cost of electricity to get further savings.

By adjusting your charging schedule to take place at certain times, it is possible to take advantage of time of use tariffs which have specific periods when electricity is cheaper. It is possible to schedule when your car charges either via most electric cars/associated apps, or via a Smart home charger’s app.

Many Smart home chargers monitor home and EV energy usage so you can get a clear understanding of cost per kWh, which enables you to determine how much you are spending and switch to cheaper tariffs.

Tip: Dual-rate electricity tariffs allow you to get much cheaper electricity overnight. For example, for a 5 hour period overnight, EDF’s GoElectric Exclusive 35 costs just 4.5p/kWh. This would make it cost as little as 1p per mile to drive the Nissan LEAF.

Greener energy

Today an electric car is already greener than a combustion engine vehicle, but charging with ever more renewable energy makes electric car driving even more environmentally friendly.

The UK’s grid is continually getting greener with more and more renewable energy generation, such as wind power. While this means charging electric cars is getting more environmentally friendly overall, you can switch to one of the many renewable energy providers to make charging at home even greener.

Managing load on home energy supply

Charging an electric car at home places additional load on your electrical supply. Depending on the max charging rate of your chargepoint and vehicle, this load can damage your main fuse.

To avoid overloading your main fuse, some Smart home chargers automatically balance the power drawn by your chargepoint with the rest of your home, ensuring it never causes your total demand to exceed the max available supply.

Another benefit of this feature is the ability to have more than one chargepoint installed so that you can charge cars simultaneously without having to manually switch between them.

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Pod Point’s Solo 3 Charger features Auto Power Balancing that adjusts your charge so your electric supply doesn’t get overloaded.

Managing load on the grid

As electric cars become more widely adopted, the demand for power on the national grid will increase. There is a tendency for a lot of charging to be started when drivers arrive home after work and peak around 20:00. Unmanaged this could cause demand spikes that can put too much load on the local networks

Smart home chargers will be able to react to and/or anticipate this and manage the rate of charge across thousands of vehicles to smooth out these peaks. Thankfully this will be virtually unnoticeable for an individual driver (according to Pod Point data EV drivers only use their chargers approximately 25% of the time they are plugged in overnight). The net effect will be that everyone gets a full charge over a fractionally longer time, but the grid will be protected.

1 EV charging based on using a 7kW home charger and EDF’s GoElectric Exclusive 35 tariff at 4.5p/kWh off-peak.

ChargePoint® Home Flex EV Charger

Charge Point Home Flex is a Wi-Fi-enabled charging station and offers Smart charging features using the Charge Point app, including the ability to set a charging schedule, get reminders to plug in, see all of your charging history in one place, connect with Alexa, and more. Flex is UL Listed for electrical safety, ENERGY STAR certified for efficiency and comes with a 3-year and 24/7 customer support.

The price of this EV Charger includes hardware, installation by one of our board certified electricians and warranty coverage and servicing for 3 years.

Includes a Cash Discount

If you already have your charger, we can do the installation for 750.

Charger must be no farther than 25 feet from the main electrical panel. Additional costs may apply if you need a main panel upgrade or other electrical work.

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Powerful and Future-proofing

Fast: Up to 9X faster than a standard 110V outlet, delivering up to 37 miles of electric driving Range Per Hour of charging.

Flexible and Future-Proof: Select the right amperage and charging speed for you, your home and your EV, from 16 to 50 amps. Save money on electrical upgrades by picking the top charging speed that works with your current setup, while allowing for faster charging in the future.

Charge Point Home Flex is a Wi-Fi-enabled charging station and offers Smart charging features using the Charge Point app, including the ability to set a charging schedule, get reminders to plug in, see all of your charging history in one place, connect with Alexa, and more. Flex is UL Listed for electrical safety, ENERGY STAR certified for efficiency and comes with a 3-year and 24/7 customer support.

Compatible with every electric vehicle (EV): Universal J1772™ connector charges any EV on the road. Tested with vehicles from all major automakers.

The price of this EV Charger includes hardware, installation by one of our board certified electricians and warranty coverage and servicing for 3 years.

Includes a Cash Discount Includes all hardware and installation costs.

Additional information

The Level 2 J1772 Port Charger can provide power that is scalable from 10 amps to 50 amps, charging virtually any electric vehicle as well as future-proofing your charging.

Charging at Home

Level 1 uses a standard household plug and an accessory charger that can be ordered with your Mercedes-EQ. This level is capable of charging your vehicle at a rate of around 2-4 miles per hour on a 110V circuit. Because of the very limited power output, we do not recommend relying on this method to charge your Mercedes-EQ vehicle. Level 2 Level 2 uses a separate wall box that can be purchased through ChargePoint. This home charging solution is capable of charging at a rate of around 20-30 miles per hour on a 240V circuit. At a maximum of 9.6 kW, the EQS can charge from 10 – 100% in just over 11 hours.

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ChargePoint Home Flex

The Level 2 charger we recommend is the ChargePoint Home Flex, which is one of the most advanced and highly rated connected wallboxes on the market.

Installation

We recommend Qmerit to complete the installation of your home charger. The installation costs vary and depend on the individual setup of your home. Complete your home assessment and request a quote today.

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500 Rebate on ChargePoint® Home Level 2 (240V) Electric Vehicle ChargerConnect a Wi-Fi-enabled ChargePoint Home Flex charger to your local utility and receive a 500 rebate. ChargePoint Level 2 residential units charge your EV up to 9X faster than a wall outlet, adding up to 37 miles of range per hour. They are ENERGY STAR certified and update to the latest software automatically. Download the ChargePoint app to schedule and track charging, get reminders to plug in, and find places to charge away from home.

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EV Charging Equipment Federal Tax Credit up to 1,000

Consumers who purchase qualified residential charging equipment may receive a tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to 1,000.

  • Consult a tax professional to see if your installation qualifies
  • Visit IRS website for additional information
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Electric Vehicle Federal Tax Credit up to 7,500

The Inflation Reduction Act introduces a number of significant changes to the tax credit for new electric vehicles (section 30D). These changes will phase in over time. Effective immediately after enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act (after August 16, 2022), the tax credit is only available for qualifying electric vehicles for which final assembly occurred in North America. Further changes to the eligibility rules began in 2023.

Overall, the reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act mean that the tax credit for electric vehicles will evolve considerably over the coming months and years. New Requirements Effective April 18, see links below for details.

Separately, starting in 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act also establishes tax credits for pre-owned clean vehicles (section 25E) and for commercial clean vehicles (section 45W). Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service will release more information on all the clean vehicle credits in the coming months.

Information about vehicles purchased in 2022 and before or for vehicles purchased in 2023 and after.

  • Source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, August 16, 2022
  • Consult your tax adviser to make sure you qualify
  • Max tax credit 7,500
  • Restrictions apply, subject to change without notice

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