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Electric vehicles or EV’s are truly the future in transport choice, with the entire world becoming more and more environmentally conscious. For the time being however, the convenience of the infrastructure built around fossil fuel powered cars is hard to beat.
The best solution to prevent the hassle of driving to electric car charge stations is to install a charge point at your home in your garage for easily accessible electric car charging. Installing a home electric car charge point is affordable and totally worth it for the added convenience, as charging is literally the biggest complaint from EV owners.
So read along till the end of this article to have all your questions answered about
setting up a charging point in your home.
If you want start every day with a “full tank”, a home charge point is the best method to do that, and it is exactly what the name suggests. A charging point inside your garage can work just like a charging station. A home charger is a small unit that mounts to a wall and has a charging cable connected to it or a plug for plugging in a compact charging cable. It is made of plastic and is weatherproof.
Most electric car drivers can charge their cars with a regular 3 pin home socket or conventional plug socket, and sure it will charge but it takes way too long, is not safe and the charge will not last. To understand better this concept, just charge your fast charging smartphone with a 5 watt box charger.
Electric vehicle home chargers generally supply around 7kW of electricity. The current taken from a regular domestic three-pin socket, on the other hand, is often limited to 10A, sometimes less, which is equivalent to a limit of 2.3kW in most vehicles. A charge point communicates directly with your vehicles and saves you the hassle of “trickle charging” and thus, it goes a long way in making charging effortless for electric car drivers in Edinburgh. See more information about charging your electric vehicle at home in this Which article or watch the video imbedded below.
The UK government plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel vehicles from 2030 and plug-in hybrids from 2035. So the clear bias towards electric cars is very apparent. However, infrastructure wise, Scotland is falling behind. In Scotland, there are over 2.5 million vehicles in circulation, with new vehicle sales in Scotland often exceeding 175,000 units each year. Despite this, only 1,500 public charge stations have been installed as part of the ChargePlace Scotland network, which serves as our national electric vehicle charging network.
That equates to around one charge point for around every 1,600 vehicles. However, the most ideal sites for EV charging station infrastructure are those that are near built up areas of housing or at people’s homes for obvious reasons. It was identified as one of the key opportunities in the Fourth National Planning Framework Position Statement published by the Scottish Government in November 2020.
The government plans to remove the requirement to obtain planning permission for active travel and electric vehicle charging points. All of this is because local authorities want to guarantee that the essential new infrastructure can be rolled out widely and quickly when demand requires.
So yes, home electric car charging points are available in Scotland, and Solar Edge Protection are on hand to assist with the whole process.
This is mainly just terminology, what one person calls one thing someone else calls another. However, logic would argue that an EV car charger that you have at home would be referred to as an electric car charge point and the physical locations that you drive to charge your car are more aptly named electric car charge stations.
Sure, you can trickle charge your electric car with a conventional plug socket, however, this is dangerous and not very efficient. Electric car drivers should seriously consider having a charge point at home.
Here are the main benefits of having an electric car charging point at home.
A purpose-made charger will be able to communicate with your car and regulate charging conditions, making it much safer than 3 pin sockets!
You will also be able to capitalise on lower energy rates by charging your electric vehicle when supply is plentiful, but demand is low, thanks to a smart home charger.
Aside from not having to drive to designated electric car charging stations. Depending on the ampere needs of your car, a dedicated charge point will be up to 60% faster. You will virtually never have to worry about range ever again.
Never needing any refuelling downtime and having your electric vehicle charge at night or whenever you are at home relaxing.
Optimum Charging Results
Quick & Convenient
Full Charge At All Times
AC (Alternating Current) and DC (Direct Current) are the two methods of charging available. Your homes provided power is AC. The majority of the time, AC charging is utilised at home, while DC power is used on the street, in workplaces, and often at filling stations. Since the battery of your EV runs in DC, DC will charge your car a lot faster. And DC is what you will get at public charging points such as ChargePlace Scotland.
However, your home power will always be AC, and you can not really install DC charger installations in your home due to it costing way too much to ever be worth it. Fear not, as your car will have the mechanism to convert the AC current from the EV charging point into DC that will be used to charge your plug in vehicles.
Either way, your home EV charging station will be directly connected to the mains of your house, which will get you power directly from the grid. As customers for EV increase, so does the demand for home charge points. Consequently, the demand on the national grid will also be tenfold. This is where smart EV charge points come into play.
Smart home charging will be able to respond to and/or anticipate this. They will be able to regulate the rate of charge throughout thousands of cars in order to level out the peaks in demand for electricity. Fortunately, this will also be nearly imperceptible to the average customer in most cases. The overall result is that everyone can get a complete charge over a partially longer period of time, however, the grid will remain safe.
Before we see if you can install your own charge point, let’s see if you are allowed to by law. Installations of EV or plug-in vehicle charging stations are fully legal, and it is more often than not legal to do it yourself! Under some installation circumstances, you do need permission in certain cases. These cases are —
1. If your property is rented or listed.
2. If your charger is larger than 0.2 cubic meters.
3. If your charger is near a highway or motorway.
4. If your charger is more than 1.6 meters high off the ground.
The responsibility of seeking all of these permissions, as well as installation service, falls entirely upon the EV owner, and he/she will be liable in case of any misconduct. Now coming to if you can carry out the installation without any professional supervision, the major factor here happens to be safety.
The electric cabling, main home supply, and outlets must all be checked to ensure that they are capable of carrying the increased current required by the automobile while charging. Aspects of inspecting the cabling will include determining the range of safety cut-
outs that have been installed. If the electrical equipment in a building gets overloaded, it is possible that a fire may break out. Moreover, for the additional power consumption, a lot of authorities are to be notified promptly so that no issue arises in the future.
Taking all of this in account, no, you can not and should not DIY the installation of your charging point without an electrician qualified in EV supply equipment or EVSE. Hiring an approved installer might have a higher upfront cost, but it is nothing compared to the safety of your home, and a it’s easy to justify the cost due to the benefits and convenience it offers you.
What’s better than going green with your vehicle of choice? Using fully renewable energy to charge said vehicle. Incorporating rooftop solar panels on your home is a fantastic method to create
your own electricity for use in charging an electric vehicle.
While the number of solar panels required to charge an electric vehicle (EV) is dependent on the capacity of the vehicles battery, around ten panels should be sufficient to charge a vehicle with a typical battery in one day.
The major caveat of solar panels is that they can not store energy, so you can only use this method during daylight. All unused energy from the panels will go back to
the national grid. To combat this, you can purchase solar batteries available from companies like Tesla, EDF, and Moixa. This way, you can store the power generated during the day to charge your EV overnight.
While a solar panel installation might have a lot of upfront cost, it will pay for itself over the years while giving you the satisfaction of being a lot more eco-friendly.
With the recent increase in demand for renewables, there are already several companies in the electric vehicle charge point installation field in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Be wary of any sales companies who offer renewables and solar as a side service.
This can change at anytime and therefore you will be unlikely to receive the desired after sales and ongoing equipment maintenance, repair and service requirements.
Opting for solar and renewable engineers like ourselves will always be a safer bet in the long run!
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