Given that private cars are usually parked overnight, most EV owners rely on home charging to ensure that their EV is ready for use each morning. Home-base overnight charging also has the advantage of being, in most cases, the cheapest time to recharge.
The Government provides financial support for EV buyers to install a charge point at their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which covers up to 75% of the total costs – more details in following section.
To find an accredited home charge point installer in your area, enter your postcode and preferred brand (if any) in the search box below.
Find a charge point installer
What home chargers are available?
Around 40 manufacturers provide charging units suitable for residential use – examples of popular models are shown below. Typically the 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.
Most suppliers provide two power rating options: 3 kW or 7 kW. Expect to pay more for the 7 kW option which reduces charge time significantly if the car has a fast on-board charger. For example, a Nissan LEAF (with optional 6.6 kW on-board charger) on a 3 kW home charge unit will provide a full charge in 6-8 hours, whereas a 7 kW unit will give a full charge in 3-4 hours.
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How much do home chargers cost?
The Government funded Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grants for home charge points. The grant is set as a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation, and is capped at £500 (incl. VAT) per eligible vehicle. The grant brings the cost of a standard 3 kW unit plus installation to around £300 whilst a faster 7 kW unit would be in the region of £400.
To be eligible to apply for the scheme, EV owners must provide evidence of keeper-ship, lease, be named as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle (bought new or second hand), and have off-street parking facilities suitable for charge point installation.
The charge point must also be installed by an OLEV authorised installer. Choosing a supplier that is not on the list will most likely mean incurring the full cost of the unit and installation. Finally, the date of installation must not be more than four months ahead of the date of delivery of start date of vehicle.
For more details on the Homecharge and related schemes, visit the OLEV website.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
1 pointPer eligible vehicle
£500Grant cap (incl VAT)
To calculate the cost of charging an EV on a home charge point, Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
Approved installer listings
Zap-Map offers a free standard listing to OLEV approved installers. To be added to the Find a charge point installer tool, complete our standard listing form. Any installer wishing to increase its profile on Zap-Map and find out the promotion bundle available should email Zap-Map on firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that highlighted entries (with images and links) appearing in the installer listing are paid for by the installer and do not represent an endorsement or recommendation by Zap-Map.
Visit Zap-Map’s Charging at work page to find out about business charge point solutions.
Public EV Networks in the UK
More than 20 different EV charging networks are currently available to UK EV users. Zap-Map’s guides provide details of each network, including coverage, membership types, cost and charging options.
Home and Workplace charging
Several UK suppliers and government schemes are available to help EV owners obtain a charging point for a home or work place. Zap-Map guides provide info on all the latest options available for home or work charging.