When's the best time to charge an electric car?

Should I charge my car at night or during the day? 

If you know the best time to charge at home, you'll save money. You could even earn a few quid.

Using the sun

If you have solar panels (or you’re thinking about getting them) then you have a cheap and greener way to charge. Some home charge points can work out how much extra power you’ve got coming from your solar panels.

And after you’ve used what you need at home, they put it into your car. Clever and environmentally friendly, too.

Go on an EV-friendly energy tariff

If you have an electric car, it can be cheaper, and greener, to charge it overnight. Most people are asleep so there’s less demand for electricity. 

And being on an EV (electric vehicle) tariff is often the best value when it comes to charging your car at home. Check with your energy supplier to see if you’re getting the best deal.

Time for midnight

If you wait until midnight to charge, it’s better for the environment, and often cheaper for you too.

If it’s a really windy night, you might even be paid to charge your car, because there’s an excess of renewable energy on the system. It’s worth checking if you can take advantage of this with your energy supplier.