Electrical Vehicle Charging Points

With the recent huge boom in the number of electric car owners, more and more people in the UK are choosing to install electric car charging points at home.

There are several reasons why so many people are choosing to install their own charging points these days. Having your own charger gives you control over when and where you charge your car, rather than using a public charging point – and it’s also quicker and cheaper than using the mains.

Charging at home is also much cheaper than using public chargers.

Depending on the voltage of the charger, it will charge your car 30-60% faster than mains electricity. It’s also more convenient than relying on public charging points, which often involve queuing and waiting around.

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What is a electrical vehicle charging point?

An electric vehicle charging station, also called EV charging station, electric recharging point, charging pointand charge point.

An electric vehicle charge point is a socket on a unit of infrastructure which can either be post or wall mounted. Charge points are designed to supply energy to Electric Vehicles and can be installed and accessed in public or at home. Charge point units generally resemble a bollard if they are ground mounted. Wall mounted units resemble either a hose reel (a domestic point) or a sturdy outdoor socket.

What are the benefits of a electric vehicle charging point?

Instead of having to find a public charging system for your vehicle, you can just plug it in when you get home

After the initial installation, you’ll find yourself saving on the running costs of your car. You could pay as little as £3 to fully charge your car (depending on the make and electricity provider)

One of the many benefits of installing an EV charging point to home is that it can add value to your property

Which one do I choose?

With an inbuilt charging cable with a connect that is specific to your vehicle type, a tethered charging station is one option.

Alternatively, a charging socket has a universal port that you then attach your charging cable to.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Charge time is dependent on a number of variables, including battery capacity and power available. Typical charge times are about 6 – 8 hours at around 3kW, 3 – 4 hours at 7kW, 1 hour at 22 kW and around 30 minutes at 43 – 50 kW.

Given that private cars are usually parked overnight, most EV owners rely on home charging to ensure that their EV is ready for use each morning. Home-base overnight charging also has the advantage of being, in most cases, the cheapest time to recharge.

Are they safe?

Electric Vehicle charge point units include many safety features to prevent the risk of fire or electrocution. The charge point manufacturers must meet European electrical safety standards and provide safety features such as Residual Current Detection (RCD circuit breakers) and spike voltage protection as well as an isolation switch which is activated automatically if the charge point sensor detects damage caused to the unit.

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