Given that private cars are parked overnight where they are based, most EV owners rely on charging at home to ensure that their EV is ready for use each day.
The Government provides financial support for consumers to install a charge point at their home premises with the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which will cover up to 75% of the total costs – see full details below. Visit Charging at Work page to find out about business charge point solutions. To find an accredited Home charge point installer in your area, enter your postcode and preferred brand (if any) in the search box below.
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What charge point models are available?
There are several charge point manufacturers which provide charging units suitable for residential use – some examples of popular models are shown below. Typically the units are wall-mounted, with a tethered cable with Type 1 or 2 connector which you plug directly into the vehicle.
Most suppliers provide two power rating options either a “standard” 3kW or “fast” 7kW. Expect to pay more for the 7kW option, however it will reduce charge time significantly e.g. for a Nissan Leaf a 3kW home charge unit will provide a full charge in 6-8 hours, wheras a 7kW unit will take 3-4 hours.
In total there are nineteen manufacturers providing approved charge point models. The full list, updated February 2017, can be found here.
How much will it cost?
The Government funded Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), updated July 1st 2016, provides a grant for people to reduce the cost of having a charge point installed at their home.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
1 pointPer eligible
The grant is set as a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge point and its installation and the grant cap is set at £500 (including VAT) per eligible vehicle. This is a reduction on the previous grant cap of £700. The new grant will bring the cost of a standard 3kW unit + installation to around £300 whilst a faster 7kW unit would be in the region of £400.
Customers must provide evidence of keepership, lease, be named as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle (bought new or second hand) in order in order to be able to qualify for the grant. Customers must have off street parking facilities suitable for chargepoint installation.
The chargepoint must be installed by an OLEV authorised installer. All installers in the Find an installer tool above, have been accredited by OLEV. Choosing a supplier that is not on the list will mean most likely incurring the full cost of the charge point and its installation. Finally, the date of installation must not be more than four months ahead of the date of delivery of start date of vehicle.
More details on the EVHS can be found on the OLEV website.
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Public EV Networks in the UK
Around a dozen EV charging networks are currently available to UK EV users. The Zap-Map guide provides details of each network including its coverage, membership options, 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. The Zap-Map guide provides info on all the latest deals and products available for home or work charging.