A guide to installing an electric vehicle charge point and keeping energy costs low
As part of the government’s policy to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030. So it’s unsurprising that many are already adopting electric vehicles. But range anxiety – the fear of running out of charge on a long journey – has been a problem for early adopters.
According to figures from the Department for Transport, there were 28,375 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK as of 1 January 2022, 5,156 of which were rapid chargers. Research carried out by ZenAuto in early 2022 found that there are 22 electric vehicles on the road for every public charge point. So while the number of EV charge points is increasing – since 1 January 2021, the number of public devices has increased by 37% – it still makes sense to have an EV charger installed at home.
Charlie Cook, founder and CEO of all-in-one charge point and EV-friendly energy tariff comparison service, Rightcharge, explains the benefits of installing a home EV charging point and how to get the best tariff.
The benefits of a home EV charger
Charging is faster: Having a home charge point means you can charge your EV three times faster than plugging it into a standard home socket.
Charging is cheaper: A smart home charge point also makes it easy to schedule your charging overnight – this off-peak energy use is not only over £300 per year cheaper, but also about 25% less impactful on the environment.
Intelligent charging: If you have solar panels, some smart charge points are also intelligent enough to only charge when you’re generating excess solar, so you can charge purely from a carbon-free energy source.
You can rent it out: Having a home EV charging point gives you the added option of renting it out via companies such as Just Charge, so you can earn some pocket money while also helping your neighbours.