The Electric Vehicle (EV) market has seen dramatic and sustained growth in the past 5 years
This will continue to expand. EV’s have many benefits; they’re better for the planet, quieter and lower maintenance than petrol/diesel cars to name a few.
EV cars can be charged at public charging stations. Some are free, some charge a small fee and they are available across the country, Europe and the world. However, for convenience, most EV car owners install a charging solution at home.
Q. How do I charge at home?
The chances are, if you’re just using your EV for low mileage(1), you won’t need to use public charging points; home charging will do just fine.
There are two ways of charging at home:
- A temporary solution is to plug in to an existing socket(2) at home. This only allows you to charge slowly and can take a few days(3) to fully charge your car.
An enduring solution is to install a specifically designed charger. These, unlike the standard home sockets, are designed to take the sustained voltage, with higher current over long periods.
Getting a specifically designed charger installed on your property makes your life easier and safer. It can charge up to 3x faster(4) (single phase) than with a standard home socket. Home charging can be just as quick as – or quicker than some – public charging points(5), and there’s no having to wait around at a service station.
Q. How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?
The cost of home charging varies depending on your tariff(6) and, if on Economy 7, the time of day.
An average electricity rate is 10p per kWh, meaning your car could cost as little as 2p per mile. You could make potentially huge savings on fuel – an estimated £1,000 a year compared to petrol.
Q. What can Ballard Electricians do for us?
We have fitted over 350+ EV charging points of all makes and models. These have been in customer’s homes and workplaces to ensure they never run out of charge.
We are also the highest rated Tesla installer in the West Midlands.
To arrange a free quotation, for your Electrical Vehicle charger, please get in touch.
1-Either you live close to work or as a town / city run-around.
2-Continued daily use of a standard power socket is NOT recommended.
3-The specific charging rate depends upon the Make & Model of the Car you own.
4-Single phase. For three phase charge rates, please refer to the cars manufacturer
5-Excludes ‘Super-Chargers’ located on Motorway Service areas.
6-As most houses are on different packages from their electricity supplier, it is impossible to give accurate figures here.