Do I have to have a charge point fitted at home?

Do I need a charge point put in at home? 

The simple answer is no – but it’s not quite as straightforward as that. 

You can use a standard 3-pin cable to charge your car at home or when you’re visiting someone, and just plug it into a normal socket. But this takes ages, only adding around eight miles every hour, which isn’t great as the main way of charging your car. And our home sockets are designed for kettles and toasters, not to charge electric cars for hours so it’s much safer to have a home charge point installed. 

With a home charge point, you’ll generally add about 28 miles of range an hour – plus the socket’s designed for it. So it’s a safer and faster option to get one fitted if you can. 

But I’m renting – what can I do?

If you’re renting, you’ll need to speak to your landlord and keep your fingers crossed. It’s a great selling point, so hopefully they’ll be keen to do it, especially if you offer to pay to get one installed. There are government grants to help you with the cost of installing a home charge point.

I don’t have off-street parking - where can I charge?

As you can see from the density map there are already a lot of public charging points in the UK so don't worry if you don't have off-street parking - check out this map for your nearest one. If there isn’t one handy for you, it’s worth a chat with your local council. They can get a government grant to cover 75% of the cost for installing charge points on your street or in a council-owned public car park.

And there’s more good news if you’re in Scotland as Transport Scotland pay the extra 25% so your council won’t have to fork out a penny.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s normally more expensive to use public charge points than your one at home. 

How much does it cost to install a home charge point?

There’s a government grant to help you with the costs of getting one fitted. How much you need to pay after the grant depends on whether you want a standard home charge point or one with all the smart bells and whistles.
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