Electrical Vehicle Charging
In terms of convenience, charging each night at home is simplest. This will likely provide most of the daily driving range the average driver will need – and mean they effectively start each day with ‘a full tank’.
Most electric cars can be charged at home using a standard three-pin domestic plug socket. A new EV will be supplied with a standard EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) charging cable, allowing you to charge anywhere you can find a mains socket.
While the EVSE cable will keep you and your electric car safe when charging, we would recommend the installation of a dedicated EV charging wallbox, which should be fitted by a trained electrician.
A home charging point will cost around £1,000, but as part of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme, the government will provide a grant of £500 towards the cost. A wallbox is safer and quicker than using a domestic plug socket, as it communicates directly with the car, with charging time reduced by 30-60%, depending on the vehicle.
Renault recommends the mid-range 7kW wallbox for the Zoe, which provides a full charge in seven to eight hours. Meanwhile, Nissan says that a wallbox will charge a 24kWh Leaf in 9.5 hours, or seven hours for a 30kWh Leaf.
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