Electric vehicle or EV charging is an important aspect of EV ownership. Having an electric car provokes a question – “Where will I charge it?” The Car Plug has prepared information about all your options, such as EV charging at home, in the workplace and in public.
Home EV Charging
Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge your EV, accounting for 80% of all charging done by EV drivers. If we think about it, there are only pros of it as it’s easy and makes sense. Thus, to avoid any issues relating to charging at the beginning of your journey with EV – make sure you charge your electric car at home overnight.
Most electric vehicles can be charged using a standard electric vehicle charging station, which should be fitted by a qualified electrician. 3kW or 7kW EV chargers are standard for the vast majority of installations.
Car Plug specialists advise:
We would generally recommend you install a 7kW fast charger point at the front or back of your house or inside a garage.
A wallbox type charger is safe and quicker than using a domestic socket. What it does is communicates directly with the car and reduces the charging time by 30 – 60%, depending on the vehicle.
SEAI Electric Vehicle Home Charger €600 Grant is available for the purchase and installation, but the installer must be RECI registered to claim.
Main points that you need to check before buying an electric car:
- you need to be a buyer of an eligible electric car from the 1st January 2018;
- you need to have Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) with the home location (address);
- your address can’t be used to register for EV Home Grand before;
- make sure you don’t book related to installation work before getting a Letter of Offer from SEAI;
- contact a RECI registered home charger installer.
You can also check out our practical tips of how to choose the best EV home charger.
Workplace EV Charging
An increasing number of businesses are installing EV charging units for employees and visitors with electric vehicles.
Workplace stations for charging electric cars
They can help make electric vehicles viable for business users with longer commutes. The best places to install them are in the company’s car park or off-street parking.
While these charging stations are similar to home based units, power ratings tend to be higher with more 7kW and 22kW units installed.
Business units are often double socket, allowing them to charge two vehicles at the same time. When combined with home charging, charging electric cars at work can double the daily electric range of a vehicle, making use for longer distances viable.
ACA grants for businesses
There are some positives for businesses who pay corporation tax in Ireland.
ACA grants are available to those who install EV charging stations at their workplace. What are you getting as a business owner? “The accelerated allowance is based on the lower of the actual cost of the vehicle or €24,000” were stated on the SEAI website. You also have to make sure you check all the criterias and documentations for this grand.
Public EV Charging
In Ireland, there are a growing number of public charging stations for your electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. Some offering national coverage and others only found in specific regions. It is still early stages, so make sure you check it before driving away for a few days.
Average speed and distance for travelling by EV or PHEV
According to the Central Statistics Office an average distance of each journey taken in Dublin is 9.5km with an average speed at 23km/h. While the average distance for outside of Dublin is 15.3km and the higher average speed is 40km/h here.
Importantly, local councils, ESB and others have already been changing standard AC chargers to fast-charging DC in towns around Ireland.
Thus, the first piece of advice from the Car Plug specialists is to use rapid charging when it comes to longer journeys.
This can provide up to 80% of charge in as little as 20 minutes, making it the quickest means of your electric car charging in Ireland.
We also advise:
- To install the charging point at home,
- To check which of your closest or at your way supermarkets or hotels have charging stations.
- Consider that an extra pace adds to the strain on an EV’s battery. As you might have a limited number of chargers in the areas outside of Dublin.
Additionally, public EV charging stations are mostly installed and found at motorway service stations or close to major roads. Our professional electricians have been most commonly using rapid chargers of 50kW DC. They are reliable and do their work the best.
You can charge your electric car or PHEV in two ways in public:
- ‘Pay-to-use’ or ‘pay-as-you-go’ model. When using this model you will have to pay 26.8c per kWh,
- When paying a monthly subscription of €4.60, the price for charging will be reduced to 23c per kWh.
During the last 10 years the EV owners charged their EVs or plug-in hybrids for free. However, new models will prompt changes to their habits and the usage of charging stations for topping-up rather than for full EV charging. We have to accept the rules as we are moving forward to driving electric cars at all times.
Do you have any questions? Contact us here at Car Plug.