Searching for the best way to charge your EV?
First things first, you’ll need to choose what type of home charger you’d like to use and there are two main options:
- A 3-prong plug which connects to your regular electric sockets. These types of chargers usually take a bit longer to fully charge your vehicle than the next option but they’re also generally more affordable. You’ll also need to have somewhere you can thread the chord while your car is charging.
- A dedicated charging station. These have to be wired into your mains electricity and you’ll need to choose a station that can cope with all-weather situations.
In addition to the above, you’ll need to think about the charging speed and energy consumption before deciding which option best suits your needs.
So, let’s take a look at some of the options currently available.
Ecotricity – Rolec EVWP2020 Wallpod EV - £339.99*
You’ll likely have come across the Electric Highway at some point on your travels and you might have even used an Ecotricity charging point, which can be found at service stations all over the UK. Ecotricity also offer an energy plan for your home which gives you access to a discounted Rolec EVWP2020 Wallpod EV HomeSmart Charger, plus a load of other benefits, including the knowledge that you’re helping to fight climate change!
Pulsar Plus by Wallbox - £649*
If you’re looking for compact, you won’t find a unit much smaller than the Pulsar Plus by Wallbox. Available in black and white and with an integrated cable it’ll look neat and tidy wherever you put it. The best part? It can provide up to 22kw charging and is compatible with all type 1 and 2 electric vehicles.
Wall Connector by Tesla - £675*
A popular brand but not OLEV approved, Tesla provides this tethered option that comes with two cable length options with an adjustable power output that guarantees a minimum 80% charge from 0% in eight hours.
Commander 2 by Wallbox – £929*
If you love the Pulsar Plus, but want something a little more tech-savvy, the Commander 2 checks all the boxes. It maintains the compact design and power output of the Wallbox but also includes an interactive touch screen display, allowing you to adjust your settings and monitor charging time.
Pod Point - £545*
Pod Point boasts compatibility with all plug-in vehicles so if you’re unsure which charger will fit your car, this will work. Also comes with a 3-year warranty.
If you’re looking for a low-cost option, you can find a tethered Level 1 home charger for less than £200 on Amazon but do always check customer ratings and reviews before you buy!
Remember, these are ideas and we always recommend you contact a professional electrician and get advice on the correct charger for your individual circumstances