Charging an electric car at home

With a nationwide ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars coming into force in 2030, we’ll all have to make the switch to an electric vehicle sooner or later. For many of us, that will mean installing an electric vehicle (EV) charger at home. But how does electric car charging at home work? Sit back and relax, as toasti gives you a test-drive of all the crucial points to consider before arranging an electric car charger home installation in the UK. 

Electric car charging at home is actually a relatively straightforward process. You have two options: either to use the slow charger provided with your vehicle or to install a fast wallbox charger. toasti can set up your wallbox charger for you in no time for fast, safe and convenient home charging. But first, let’s plug you in with you a few points of interest that are worth knowing before you embark on charging your vehicle from home. 

How does electric car charging at home work?

Charging speeds for electric cars are measured in kilowatts (kW). There are three levels of charging speeds: slow, fast, and rapid. Slow charging takes 6-12 hours on a 3kW power output. Fast charging takes up to 4 hours to fully charge your vehicle on 7kW-22kW. Rapid charging can take as little as an hour for a full charge from a power output of 50kW-120kW. Alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) charging are also an option.

Slow chargers use a standard 3-pin plug and take power from your domestic supply. Although they’re portable, easy to use, and undoubtedly the cheapest charging option, these types of units are extremely slow, often taking more than 24 hours to deliver a full charge. For that reason, manufacturers typically recommend using these types of EV chargers for emergency use only or as an occasional back-up if necessary. 

Wallbox fast chargers are the most common types of EV chargers. Installed on the side of your house, and wired directly into your electricity supply, these compact and weatherproof units deliver much faster charging times. They’re also easier to use and don’t require you to run a cable through an open window. The most common types are 7kW, which are twice as fast as three-pin chargers, making overnight charges realistic.

What are the benefits of charging your car from home?

Installing a home charger allows you to charge your car virtually the same way you do with your smartphone. Just plug it in last thing at night before you go to bed and you’ll wake up to a fully-charged battery. Home charging is also significantly cheaper than charging your car at a public charging station, especially if you can take advantage of cheaper night-time electricity tariffs. These can make your drive as little as 2p a mile.  

If you’d like to install an electric car charger, toasti can get you right up to speed. Our friendly and experienced installers will arrive at the specified time, carry out your car charging point installation in a couple of hours, and then talk you through how to use it. In fact, our installations are as quick, efficient and convenient as your shiny new EV charger! Cleaner, greener driving can be yours in just a few clicks of a button with toasti.
For more information about our services, or to arrange an electric car charger home installation anywhere in the UK, please contact us on 0161 537 4068 or email info@toastihome.co.uk.