5 Reasons to charge your EV at home

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    by Danny Edmonds

Investing in a home EV charger

If you’ve purchased your new electric vehicle or are considering it, you will, without a doubt, be wondering whether to install an EV charger at your home.
However, with the rising energy prices and no sign of them decreasing, you could be hesitant and unsure if charging your EV at home will leave a deeper hole in your pocket than your past petrol/diesel vehicle.
 
Here are 5 reasons that you should consider when making your decision towards investing in a home EV charger and the long-term positives from doing so…

1. It's convenient and safer

This reason is often overlooked, but the convenience of being able to plug in at home of course means you don’t have to worry about finding a station to charge up. You can wake up to a full battery and head out in your EV without any range anxiety or panic that you haven’t got enough battery to complete your journey.
 
On top of this, being able to charge in the safety of your own home means you won’t have to leave your car in a public charging station which can sometimes be in isolated and deserted places, exposing your vehicle to the risks of vandalism or theft.

2. It actually can be cheaper and more predictable

With the rise in energy bills, it’s easy to assume charging your car at home will cost you an arm and a leg. But figures show that it’s actually cheaper to charge at home than in public charging stations. The key reason for this is that you avoid the overhead that public charging stations have, and you can make it cheaper by choosing to charge your vehicle in off-peak periods like overnight or at weekends.
 
Fully charging a 60kWh electric car at home will cost around £15 (depending on where you live) and give you about 200 miles of range. In comparison, most network rapid chargers cost about £11 for 30 minutes and only around 90 miles of coverage.
 
You could also consider even further investment to see the savings in the long term by setting up solar panels or battery storage to make and store your electricity. You would then be charging your vehicle from your generated energy rather than straight from the grid!
 
On top of this, apart from the savings, you will also ensure you are using only clean energy to charge your electric vehicles, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint even more.

3. Better for your battery health

It’s easy to sway towards using public chargers all the time as they may be faster, but they can do more damage to your battery than home charging. 

The damage comes from how rapid charging can raise the temperature of your battery, which over time, will cause significant damage to the efficiency of your battery. Battery degradation will inevitably happen, but to slow it down, it’s essential to try and use home chargers as much as you can when possible.

4. They stand the test of time

To put it simply, home chargers last. The market is overflowing with quality home charging points, with each manufacturer competing to have the most durable, affordable and long-lasting products.
 
Home chargers are also compatible with the majority of car brands, so you can erase the worry of having to replace your charging point every time you change your EV vehicle.

5. Increase the value of your property

The world is aiming for a better, greener future, which luckily means for property owners, there is a small investment to make…
 
Estate agents have seen EV charging points have added value to properties and have discovered that electric vehicle owners are always keener for properties that have installed home chargers. Sometimes suggesting they sell or rent out faster with an additional charge.
 
The existing homeowner can pocket their money back from the installation, and the new homeowner hasn’t had to go through the process of installing the charger – a win-win situation!