An Expert Guide To EV Charging At Home
EV charging at home setup has shown significant growth in the past years. A report in 2019 concreted the evidence showing a total of 7.3 million chargers worldwide; among them, 6.5 million were chargers used for EV for homes and offices. COVID-19 pandemic has halted overall mobility across the country which has been a subject of EV owner’s safety. As a result, EV charging at home has become an attractive option for EV owners as it provides a safe environment.
What is an EV charger?
Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles require an EV charger to charge the battery just like any other chargeable device. EV chargers work by pulling electric current either from a 240v outlet or the network it is hardwired to and sends electricity to the electric vehicle.
How much does it cost to charge your EV at home?
The average cost of charging your EV at home is €0.16 per kWh during the day. Moreover, electricity rates are much lower during the night as it costs around €0.8 per kWh.
The majority of car journeys in the country cover distances not beyond 20km. Therefore, if you come under this category, you will only have to keep your EV for charge twice a week, and it would cost you not more than €5.
What are the EV charging options available?
EV owners are provided with two options for charging at home – a slow charger provided with the vehicle which you plug into your domestic socket or wall-mounted chargers. The power from slow chargers comes from the domestic supply. In addition, it is portable and easy to use. However, they are only recommended for emergency use. Wall-mounted chargers, on the other hand, is the recommended mode of charging an EV at home.
What are the different types of EV chargers available at home?
Here at Ecoplex, we provide the best home chargers for your home installation. On that note, here are few home chargers to choose from:
1. Andersen A2
The EV charging specialists aim to bring style and practicality together by designing aesthetically pleasing, high-quality home chargers. In addition, they aim to eradicate issues such as zero cable management and poor-quality electrical sockets. Andersen A2 is the company’s primary product offering.
Features of the Andersen A2 EV Charger:
- The charger is made up of solid aluminium and stainless steel. The design allows for optimum cable management.
- It uses Evoflek charging cables, the world’s most flexible and lightweight cable in the market.
- Konnect+ is a company-developed software that allows its users to track energy usage and costs and allows remote software lock.
Zappi is the brainchild of Myenergi, who has transformed the world of electric car charging by bringing together cutting edge
design, innovative technology and sustainability to create the world’s first solar compatible electric car home charger.
Features of the Myenegi Zappi EV Charger:
- Zappi is compatible with solar panels or wind turbines, allowing the user to charge the EV free of charge.
- It is the only EV charger with built-in PEN fault technology, which eliminates the need to install earth rods resulting in cheaper cost and easy install.
- The home charger uses pin code protection, ensuring security for its owners.
EO mini is EO’s answer to home charging. EO’s product arsenal consists of three EO mini, EO mini pro 2 and EO basic.
Features of the EO Mini EV chargers:
- Small: It is the world’s smallest charger, therefore, making it a very convenient option for EV car owners.
- Safe: The locking feature and home power balancing prevent other users from using the charger.
- Smart: Allows the user to monitor, manage and schedule charging sessions with the help of the EO Smart home app.
Wallbox has become a household name when it comes to home chargers. Copper and Pulsar are the two products that are being offered under this range. Wallbox, through its products, aims to offer technology, design and functionality in a small but powerful package. Read about Wallbox in detail here.
Features of the Wallbox Chargers:
- Wallbox chargers allow EV owners to charge their EV at home overnight, therefore, proving to be a convenient option.
- It is an economical option as it allows EV owners to make full use of lower overnight electric rates.
- Wallbox charger safeguards EV owners against electric shocks, overheating and voltage peaks, assuring safety.
How long does it take to charge EV cars?
It is dependent on certain factors such as:
- Cars battery size.
- The number of miles the owners does between charges.
- Charging behaviour: Is the EV’s charged often or charged low to full.
- The power rating of the charger: It depends on the type of charger and its respective kWh ratings.
What are the things to consider regarding charging at home?
Cost efficiency: The cost involved in charging in public when compared makes charging from home a more feasible option.
Level 1 and Level 2 EV chargers:
Level 1 charger is a simple and basic way to charge. It plugs into a 120-volt electrical outlet and takes up to 20 hours to fully charge the electric battery.
Level 2 charger requires professional support. It charges the EV 5 times faster than the level 1 charger. It plugs into a 240-volt electrical outlet and produces an output current of 32 amps.
Tethered Vs Untethered charging point:
As the name suggests, Tethered charging point means that it has got a cable attached to the EV charging point, which is then plugged into the car, whereas an untethered charging point is a cable that is not connected to the EV charging point. Instead, you must attach the cable to your EV charging point and car.
Tethered charging point: It is more convenient than an untethered charging point. Hence, it is popular among EV owners. In other words, instead of looking for a cable to charge the EV, all that you need to do is to arrive home, park close to the home charger, unwind the cable and plugin. Furthermore, EV owners need to maintain good cable management or risk damaging the cable.
Untethered charging point: It comes as standard with all EV cars. Untethered cables provide a tidier outlook than its counterpart.
Moreover, the charging point is not limited to a specific connector type. If the household owns more than one EV, it provides the flexibility to use other connector types.
A definite answer cannot be provided on which charging point (tethered or untethered) is the best. It is highly dependent on factors such as budget, future-proofing, aesthetics, personal preference, and the type of EV in use.
How fast does an EV charge at home?
The 7kW wall-mounted fast charger provides the quickest charging method at home. Moreover, for a faster charge, upgrading to a 22kW charger is recommended, but in order to do so, a three-phase system needs to be installed.
How can you get an EV charging station installed at home?
At home, a level 2 charger is highly recommended. EV owners who park in a garage or a driveway would not have any issues. However, owners who own apartments and park their cars on the streets will have to deal with respective municipalities, proving to be a daunting task.
In terms of installation, a fitter is required either by the manufacturer or through a private source. The installation cost will vary according to factors such as the unit’s price and the fee charged by the fitter. Here at EcoPlex, we’re leading specialists in EV charger installation. Get in touch now below for your free quote.