Can you charge an electric car at home? Yes – and given that private cars are usually parked overnight, most electric car owners rely on EV charging at home to ensure that their electric car is ready for use each morning.
As well as being convenient, charging electric cars at home also has the advantage of being, in most cases, the cheapest time to recharge.
For information about EV charge points in the workplace, visit our guide to charging at work.
What EV home chargers are available?
More than 50 manufacturers provide charging units suitable for EV charging at home. Typically units are wall-mounted, and available either with a tethered Type 1 or Type 2 cable, which can be plugged straight into the car, or with a Type 2 socket for use with the vehicle’s charging cable.
The standard power rating for a home charger is 7kW. For a EV such as the Nissan Leaf 40kWh version, this will provide an 80% charge in around 6 hours.
How much do home EV chargers cost?
Cost of installing electric car charger at home
Prices vary depending on the EV home charger that is selected. Typically a 7kW charge point will cost between £700 and £1200 fully installed. Take a look at Rightcharge for an online quote for your specific vehicle.
It is worth remembering that new EV buyers may well be eligible for a discounted or free charge point as part of a manufacturer-backed perk. There also are EV-focused tariffs that offer similar schemes for electric car charging at home.
To work out the cost EV charging at home, Zapmap’s Home Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. You can personalise the results for different electricity costs and the level of charge required to help you find the true costs of electric car charging at home.