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  • Writer's pictureLeila Souza

Everything You Need To Know About In-Home Electric Car Charging

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric cars require an EV charger to power their batteries. An in-home electric car charger allows EV owners to "fill up" their vehicles anytime in the comfort of their homes.

In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about in-home electric vehicle charging.

How does an electric vehicle work?

In an electric car, rechargeable batteries give the motor the energy to move the vehicle, which accelerates the car. In addition, they’re almost entirely silent and deliver an instant torque sensation.

Electric cars do not use oil to run the engines. Usually, an EV requires fewer occasional replacements of the parts than a gasoline car; for example, the brakes last longer than gasoline cars because the EV slows the vehicle by reversing the electrical motor instead of applying mechanical friction. In addition, this regenerative braking helps to recharge the engine.

What type of electric car charging plug does my EV need?

Most EV car companies provide the standard 10-Amp home plug as a minimum charging option. However, there are different types of plugs internationally.

In Australia, the standard plugs used are Type 2 (Mennekes) for AC charging and CCS and CHAdeMO for DC charging. However, Tesla has a proprietary plug, so you can only charge a Tesla at Tesla’s supercharging stations.

Where can I charge my EV?

Wherever you find a plug, you can charge your electric vehicle at home, work, or in different public locations. Consult Australia’s charging map to see the closest charging station in your area.

About installing a home EV charger

A licensed and certified electrician is necessary to install an EV charger at your home. They will provide an on-site quote before beginning any work. You must determine where you want to park your EV while charging before an electrician comes for an assessment.

A home EV charger makes charging your car easier before leaving. Sure, you can use a standard wall socket to power your vehicle. However, this method can take up to 48h to fully charge your car battery.

Cost - is it worth powering your car at home?

Every EV owner is concerned about the price of their electric bill if they charge their car at home. Most electricity retailers charge around 20-35 cents per kWh. In addition to charging costs, some stations may have extra fees, such as idle fees, when cars are left in designated EV spaces after they’ve finished charging.

An electric vehicle can be costly; however, if you harness your electricity from the sun, the cost to charge your car is almost zero as long as you charge your car during the day.

What is the best in-home EV charger brand in Australia?

There are a few excellent EV charger brands, but we at Energy Culture prefer the eco-smart charger Zappi.

Zappi is an intelligent EV charger with a difference: It operates as a standard EV charger and has optional charging modes to utilize 100% solar energy generated by your panels. This means that whether you have solar panels or get your power from the grid, Zappi is the perfect EV charger for your home.

There you have it - everything you need to know about in-home electric car charging. Are you interested in installing an EV charging system in your home? Call us today!



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