Charging an Electric Car at Home

Most drivers tend to charge their cars at home, overnight whilst they sleep. This is as easy as plugging in your mobile phone – your car will charge until full, and then switch off.

The safest and easiest way to charge at home is by using a dedicated homecharge unit. These can be installed in a few hours by a number of approved providers, and the cost of the installation is partially covered by a Government grant of up to £500. Most cars also come with a charging cable you can plug into a standard domestic 3-pin socket, however these are not recommended for regular use as they are not as weatherproof, and they take much longer to charge the vehicles.

The best thing about charging your electric car at home whilst you’re not using it is that it’s always ready to drive its full range when you set off.

3-Pin plug charging

3-Pin Plug-In

You can use a normal 3-pin plug socket, although we’d recommend that you use a dedicated circuit for charging your car, as some home wiring isn’t designed to cope with such heavy loads. The 3-pin EVSE cable is supplied with the LEAF, and is limited to 10 Amps current, which means that it will take 12-15 hours to fully charge from 0-100%.

Home EV charger

Home Charger Installation Point

A better, and possibly tidier solution, is to get a dedicated Home Charge Point installed. These are supplied by various companies, such as Pod-Point, Chargemaster, The Phoenix Works and Rolec. The advantage of a dedicated car charger, is that they can operate at either 16A or 32A, which reduces the time required to charge the vehicle to around 4-5 hours (if both the vehicle and charger can operate at 32A / 6.6kW).


What Home Charger Models are available?

Pod Point charger

Pod-Point

With more than 650 charging points and 1,200 connectors available, POD Point is one of the UK’s largest charging networks.

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Chargemaster

Chargemaster

30,000 Homecharge units to date, with products designed and manufactured in the UK and Europe.

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Rolec charger

Rolec

Rolec EV provides low cost EV charging points for the home from Europe's largest range.

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Learn the difference between Rapid, Fast and Slow Chargers
The UK has one of the largest public charging networks in Europe, with over 17,000 chargepoint available
Plug in and charge your EV overnight at home whilst you sleep
Government grants for businesses can reduce the cost of having an EV charge point installed at their premises