Considerations for EV charging at home and in public

electric car charging

Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we provide electrical solutions across industrial commercial and residential sectors, around Preston and the North West. But we also offer electric vehicle (EV) charging point installations. And as 2019 has quickly become the year of the climate emergency, and individuals, companies and governments vow to take action to reduce carbon emissions, electric vehicles look to be more important for the future, than ever before. We can install charging points in either the home, or in the workplace. And this can make owning and using an EV a practical and sensible decision. While also saving the environment. But if you’re new to EV’s, the charging practices can be overwhelming. So we have produced these tips to help you have the best EV charging experience.

What are the most important considerations for EV charging at home and in public?

To make sure you have the best experience with your new EV, and the charging process, here are some important things to consider:

  • Charge overnight at home when possible
  • Plan journeys with EV charging in mind
  • Be polite

If you can charge at home, charge over night

Because chargers in the home tend to be slow chargers, you’ll want to charge your car overnight. This is perfect timing really, as it will take around 8 hours to fully charge an EV using a slow charger. So when you wake up, you won’t have any problems getting to work.

Plan longer journeys in advance

While planning out your route, and mapping out your pit stops might not seem as adventurous as your previous road trips, running out of electricity on the motorway would be worse. So before making any long journeys, why not map out the potential charging points on the way? It can cost around £3 to charge at a motorway electric charger. So make sure you budget too.

Be polite

When there is only one public charger, it’s important to be polite to other EV drivers. Make sure you only charge long enough for the power you need. Instead of leaving your vehicle charging till full. This is because moving on as soon as you have enough power will free up the lonely charger for the next EV driver. And it can be annoying to be stuck behind a power hog!

If you would like to install an EV charging point at home or at work, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.