Electrical Vehicle Charging

Building tomorrows charging stations today

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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