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. 

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.

But I’m renting – what can I do?

If you’re renting, you’ll need to speak to your landlord. It's a great selling point to have a charge point fitted, so hopefully they'll be keen to do it, especially if you offer to pay or contribute to the cost of the installation. The Government's EV charge point grant has a £350 cap for installing a charge point in a flat or rented accommodation so it's definitely worth asking the question.  

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 - over 45,000 as at September 2023, so don't worry if you don't have off-street parking. 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 Energy Saving Trust provides up to £400 towards the purchasing and installing a home charge point.

To find the nearest charge point to you in the UK, visit our interactive charge point map.

It’s worth mentioning that if you have an EV energy tariff, it's normally cheaper to charge at home than to use a public charge point, unless you can get a free charge at your workplace or local supermarket car park.

With bills set to rise, electric car drivers may be wondering if now’s the time to change tariffs, switch to smart chargers or change where they charge. Before you make any decisions, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons, and to make sure any changes suit your lifestyle and EV usage.

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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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