Charging Your Electric Car at Home

January 17, 2022 By Jenny-mcintosh

Charging your electric vehicle (EV) doesn’t have to be an outrageous pain. In fact, it is probably more frustrating having to drive around a gas guzzler, especially when you consider finding a petrol station, waiting in line other motorists trying to butt in on you and more annoyances, not to mention the cost of fuel.

Charging an EV is simple with a little thought and establishing some good habits. Of course, making the switch from a fuel car to an EV can be tricky at first, but topping up your EV at home is super easy once you have the right equipment installed and remember to connect it!

There are a number of tips for how to optimise your EV’s battery power when charging at home, so let’s take a look at how McIntosh Electrical’s EV charger installation can get your Tesla, Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, Mazda, or Mini Cooper moving, while ensuring you get the most out of your car.

Ensuring You Get the Most Out of Your Battery

It may seem strange, but the battery of an EV doesn’t actually last as long when it is charged all the way to 100%. In fact, an EV’s battery life becomes more efficient when it is only charged to about 80%. This may sound counterintuitive, but when zipping around town in your EV, you want to get the most out of its battery life.

Naturally, if you’re heading out of town for a few days, you will want to ensure the battery is at 100% though, so you have all the juice you need.

Now let’s talk about the best ways to optimise your EV home charging station.

Why a Dedicated EV Charger is the Ultimate Option

Whilst many EV drivers originally choose to charge their vehicle from a power point or at a public station, they often end up making the switch towards a dedicated home-charging station.

Why? Because of its outstanding benefits, of course!

Check out just a few of them:

  • Dedicated charging stations are fast-charging and can go from low to full in a few hours.
  • If your home utilises solar power, you can use that power to charge your EV, thus further improving the green nature of driving an EV.
  • Driving EVs and using home chargers provides motorists with access to economy tariffs. Why? Because a home EV charger can be easily hard-wired to your home electrical circuit.
  • You can make use of Time-of-Use tariffs and charge your EV during cheaper electricity-use periods.
  • When the charging is conducted quickly, the vehicle loses less electricity.

Finally, home power points are not typically able to handle the strain and power surges of charging an EV. A dedicated EV charger, installed by professionals like those of McIntosh Electrical, may provide you with a much safer solution than if you were using your home electrical power point.

The Current Line

Charging your EV from home is a breeze in modern times. Technological advancements, such as home EV chargers, have ensured that motorists can easily charge their vehicle from home at a cheaper rate and in their own time.

What’s even more exciting is the way in which green motorists can generate the EV’s power from their home solar panels. For EV drivers who have been looking for ways to better use their excess solar power, this is one of the best ways to do so.

It ensures that you are using comprehensively green energy to ensure your EV is fully charged, and if you have reached the point where your solar panels pay for themselves, this is an awesome way to save money on charging costs!

Start charging your EV at home by getting in touch with McIntosh Electrical today and getting a home charging station. Call us now!