Why have a home EV charger installed?
In this article, we are going to look at whether you should charge your car from a 3-pin plug and why you should install a home EV charger.
Home charging – 3 pin plug or EV charger
So let’s look at our first point, safety. Can you safely charge your EV from a 3 pin plug daily, for the required amount of time. Yes, you can use a 3 pin plug to charge your EV. However, we would not recommend it, this style of charging isn’t able to deal with the increase in load for the length of time an EV should be on charge. If you also live in a property that has older electrical wiring this load increase could cause overheating issues, which in turn could cause safety issues such as a risk of fire.
Although charging times do vary between electric vehicles, a 7kW EV charger will charge 3 times faster than a conventional 3 pin plug. 3 pin plugs charge at roughly 2-2.3kW an hour. Generally, this will charge your car at 4 miles per hour, if you have a 40kW battery vehicle, leaving it on charge for 10 hours overnight would get you from roughly 10% to a 60% charge. However, vehicles that have batteries of 100kWh and over cannot be fully charged via a 3 pin plug and would require at least a 7kW charger. A 7kW charger would be capable of charging your 40kW car to 100% in around 6 hours.
Easy to use
If you’re planning to use a 3 pin plug to charge your EV. First, you need to ensure you have a cable that can reach from your vehicle to the location of the plug in your home. This could mean feeding the cable through an open window, leaving a door ajar or even using your cat/dog flap to reach, you may also need to use an extension cable if your cable isn’t long enough. We do not recommend the use of extension cables when charging your EV. With a dedicated home charger charging your EV becomes a simple task. Removing your charging cable from your boot if you went with an untethered charger and plugging in, or if you have a tethered charger simply plugging your car in.
Using a dedicated 7kW EV charger
So if you own an EV or have one being delivered soon why not get yourself a dedicated home EV charger. Along with it being safer to use, it’s easier and more convenient. You can also save money by having an EV charger. As most EV chargers come with handy apps you can download that allow you to set scheduled charging times, which can help you reduce your charging costs.