The future is green

 

Enjoying the quiet comfort of an electric vehicle isn’t just great for your pocket, it’s great for the environment too. Electric vehicles emit zero tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions thereby helping to improve air quality in our towns and cities.

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

Around 40 manufacturers provide charging units suitable for residential use. Typically the units are wall-mounted, and available either with a tethered Type 1 or Type 2 cable, which can be plugged straight into the car, or with a Type 2 socket for use with the vehicle’s charging cable. Most suppliers provide two power rating options: 3 kW or 7 kW. Expect to pay more for the 7 kW option which reduces charge time significantly if the car has a fast on-board charger. For example, a Nissan Leaf on a 3 kW home charge unit will provide a full charge in around 12-13 hours, whereas a 7 kW unit will give a full charge in around six hours.

A government funded support scheme to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. The scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle (EV).
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Charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home is the most convenient and cost-effective method. A full overnight charge can cost as little as €3 using night rate electricity (costs vary by vehicle and electricity supplier). The cost of charging at home is simply added to your regular domestic electricity bill in the normal way.

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