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Adapting your home for an electric vehicle

by John Saunders
7th Feb 22 3:57 pm

Are you thinking about making a switch to an electric car? EV sales are soaring right now with more battery electric vehicles being registered in 2021 than the previous 5 years combined (despite the pandemic). Motorists are becoming incredibly eco-aware and looking to the financial benefits of switching, but people do need to consider their homes so that they will be able to charge their vehicle.

So, how can you prepare your home for an electric car

Off road charging units

The Government wants charging points for electric cars to be installed in every new home, but this is not much help for those that are staying put. If you have off-road parking, there is a simple solution in having a charging unit installed that will allow you to plug the car in when you are at home so that it can be charged up.

Level 1

Most vehicles will come with a Level 1 charging station that allows you to simply plug your car in from a standard household outlet. These Level 1 chargers can fully charge most plug-in hybrids within 5 hours. For those that do not drive much or have a range of fewer than 20 miles, you should find that Level 1 will suffice. There are other charging levels for those that drive more and/or have a greater range, including Level 2 (16A 240V), Level 3 (30A 240V) and Level 2 (40A 240V).

Options for those without off road parking

Of course, not everyone has their own off-road parking and many people in the UK live in terraced houses or apartment blocks. It is not quite so simple for these people and you need to keep this in mind when buying an electric car. Public rapid charging points providing 50Kw or more are good for longer journeys, but you will need to plan ahead and it will not be particularly convenient to rely on these. Other options include lampposts and other street furniture, which are being converted into charging points that could make it easier to charge your vehicle while at or at least near home.

Consider your options

There are many benefits to switching to an EV, but it is important to consider your home charging options and what you will do if you cannot have a home charging unit. You also need to be selective of the car that you buy, including what the range is and how long it will take to fully charge the vehicle. Leasing could also be a good option for trying an EV without making a major commitment.

EV sales are on the side and it is easy to see why so many people are now switching. There are many benefits to switching to an EV, but motorists need to consider how they will charge their car and whether or not it will be easy for them to charge at home.

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