Although the upfront cost of an electric vehicle (EV) is often higher, EVs can be cheaper to run, due to the lower cost of electricity compared to petrol or diesel. Recharging at home overnight will normally result in the greatest savings. Chargepoints can be installed at homes with a garage or driveway, at workplaces, on residential streets, in town centres, public car parks and ‘destinations’, such as shopping centres or motorway service stations.
The majority of charging will be done at home, often overnight. If you have a driveway or garage, the cheapest and most convenient way is to install a dedicated home chargepoint.
The OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme covers up to 75% of the costs (capped at £500, inc VAT) of installing a home chargepoint.
While you can use a regular UK three-pin socket, it is much slower that a dedicated chargepoint and may involve running charging cables from inside your home. Extension cables should not be used.
Charging your electric car at home is the main charging option for most EV owners. It’s important to be on the best home energy tariff to keep this cost as low as possible, because the cost of charging will be included in your normal electricity bill.
How much charging costs will depend on the amount of charging you do, the type of charger you have and also how much you use public charging.
The cost of installing a home charge point is around £1,000 but with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant, you could reduce the upfront cost by up to £500.
We allocate half a day for our specialist installers to install your charger at your home and they’ll leave everything neat and tidy when they’re done.
It’s that simple!
Are there any grants available?
A grant called – an OLEV grant is a discount from the government. This is available to all new plug-in electric vehicle (EV) owners, on the total cost of buying and installing electric vehicle charge points.
Am I eligible for the OLEV grant?
At Plaxway we can fill out the OLEV grant for you.
Some key eligibility criteria include:
Can I fit a home charger myself?
No, you cannot fit a home charger by yourself.
What is the benefit of a home charge point over a regular plug socket?
There are a number of benefits to installing a dedicated home charger instead of using a regular three pin plug. A dedicated socket can help you to charge your vehicle faster than a regular 13amp socket.
Next there is the safety aspect. A home charger has a dedicated circuit and talks directly to your vehicle. Once the vehicle is charged, power is no longer drawn from the socket. A 3 pin plug doesn’t have this functionality and therefore is more likely to overheat the socket.