Benefits of Charging an Electric Vehicle at Home
1. Convenience and much safer
As many electric vehicle owners have realised, the best place to charge an electric vehicle is at home. With a charging station in your garage, all you have to do is remember to plug in when you get home. You could wake up to a full battery and drive out without range anxiety.
Since the charger is yours, you have total control over your charging. If there is a problem, you can quickly fix it. It could be frustrating to drive around with a low battery and not locate a free and working public charger. However, since you are the only user of your home charger, you won’t queue behind other cars as the charger is always available to you.
Safety is another reason why you should install your home charger. Public charging stations could be located in deserted places, meaning by parking your car to charge, you expose it and yourself to risks of vandalism, theft, etc. However, at home, you can charge in safety even when it is raining heavily.
There is a financial benefit to installing a home charger, despite the initial investment.
2. At home charging is cheaper and more predictable
Charging your electric vehicle at home is less expensive because you do not have the overhead that public charging stations have.
In most places, off-peak periods like overnight or weekends are the best time to charge your car. This is because electricity is usually cheaper during those periods, allowing you to pay less. However, you can only target off-peak periods when the charger belongs to you and is always at home.
You could even go further by setting up solar panels to make your own electricity. It is cheaper to run solar panels than to charge from the grid. Apart from paying less for electricity that way, you can ensure you are using only clean energy to charge your electric vehicles.
If you care about the environment, you should care about your battery too, which brings us to the next benefit.
3. Helps your battery health
While public chargers may be faster, they do more damage to your battery than home charging. The damage comes from how rapid charging can raise the temperature of your battery. To delay battery degradation as much as possible, use home chargers more. The battery fills up slower but that is hardly an issue since you are already at home.
4. At home chargers have a longer life span.
Since quality home charging stations are durable, you will use them for a long time. They are also compatible with many different car brands, which means you can replace your electric vehicle without changing your home charging station. You could even charge a second electric car by taking turns.