How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?
It depends. As well as the cost of the actual electricity used to refill your car’s battery, which will vary depending on your power provider’s tariff, you’ll also need to consider whether you want to install a dedicated home charger, known as a wallbox. This will let you charge your car faster than a normal three-pin socket but will involve purchase and installation costs.
A wallbox charger is the most efficient (and safest) way to charge your electric car at home. Regular use of a three-pin socket isn’t recommended – it can damage your electricity circuit so it’s best kept as a backup option
If you buy a wallbox charger the cost will almost always include installation. Prices vary depending on the type and manufacturer of wallbox you want. As an example, the Easee One home charger costs £949 including installation and lets you plug in up to three cars at the same time. The government offers a grant towards the cost of a charger through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which gives you up to £350 off, but you can only claim this if you live in a flat or rental property and have off-street parking.
The average cost of electricity (as of May 2022) is 28p per kWh but the amount you’ll pay for charging depends on both your electricity tariff and the size of your electric car’s battery.