When charging an electric vehicle, you have three options:
- Install a home ev charger that you can use at any time
- Use a publicly available charger
- Charge your electric vehicle at work
On the face of it, there’s no bad option when it comes to home vs public electric vehicle charging.
Both will charge your electric vehicle, most have the same smart technology installed, and both are convenient.
But there are several benefits to installing a home-based electric vehicle charger that can make it a better option compared to relying on a public charger.
In this article we’ll look at the main differences when it comes to home charging vs public charging for your electric vehicle.
Charging your electric vehicle at home
The range you can get out of an electric car can vary greatly from around 20 kWh (or about 65 miles) to more than 100 kWh – or 300 miles – between charging.
When charging the average electric vehicle (60 kWh) you can typically charge it for between £15 – £20 depending on the electricity price at the time of charging.
Typically speaking, home ev charging averages at around 28p per kWh.
Compared to the price of filling a petrol or diesel engine, which is now around £85 for a full tank this is already incredibly cheap.
But there’s smart technology built into home EV chargers that can reduce this cost by timing charges to coincide with lower electricity prices, and you can also store electricity in chargers by connecting them to solar panels on your home.
This means you can use solar energy as the primary source of car charging power, and then rely on the national grid – reducing the costs even further.
Charging your electric vehicle at a public charging station
In the UK there are now more public electric charge stations than there are petrol stations, so you’ll have no problem finding a public charger for your vehicle.
Around 20% of these public stations are free to use, according to Zap-Map, usually at supermarkets or places of work.
The cost of using a paid for charge point will depend on the vehicle, and also the type of charge point you use.
Most public charge points are fast or rapid chargers.
This is because most people only use them for a short-time while shopping.
For a rapid charger it would typically cost around £6.50 for a 30-minute charge.
It’s also possible to purchase a subscription card, which gives you a prepaid amount to charge your car in a public station for a fixed monthly fee – usually between £7 and £10.
However, this does require you to find a compatible EV charger.
Typically speaking, charging your electric car in public will work out slightly higher when you have to pay than it would if you choose to charge your electric vehicle at home.
There are ways to make charging at home more cost effective though.
Battery power storage & smart charging
With home electric car chargers, it’s possible to connect your charger to solar panels at your home, which you can then use to store energy in your EV unit until you’re ready to charge your vehicle.
This means you can reduce the costs of charging by using stored energy first and then relying on power to your home from the national grid.
Also, home EV chargers can be used to coincide with lower utility costs so your charging is cheaper.
These options aren’t available on public chargers which means you simply face the standard cost of using the unit.
Convenience for charging
As well as the costs, it’s also much more convenient to charge your electric car at home than it is to find a public charge point.
With a home charger you can recharge your vehicle overnight so it’s ready to use in the morning.
While public charge points are now widely available, it still does require you to be near one when you need to charge your vehicle, and also for it not to be in use at the time you need to charge your car.
As electric vehicles become more popular, the chances of public station being in use for longer also grows.
Improving electric vehicle charging with a home charger
Installing a home ev charger can help reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of charging your vehicle.
Keep your vehicle charged and ready for long journeys conveniently by having it plugged in overnight.
Reduce your costs using smart technology that syncs charging with lower utility costs and energy storage.
You can even reduce the costs of ev charger installation using a grant from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, which can remove a significant amount of the cost to buy and install your charger.
If you’re interested in installing a home ev charger, get in touch.
Not only can we help you find and install the right home ev charger, we can help with your grant applications so you get all the discounts you’re entitled to.