One of the benefits of EVs is that you can charge them at home using a home charger. This is a charger that utilises your homes power supply to charge your car. Home chargers re-charge your vehicle slowly and most people plug them in overnight as this is when electricity is cheapest (due to less demand on the grid). 

Charging at home is financially beneficial as it is less than charging on networks and is obviously very convenient.

When it comes to home chargers, currently the OLEV grant applies, although this will change to smart chargers only in July 2019. Customers do need to be careful with home chargers. Current models (those that aren’t smart) may or may not have Active Load Management (ALM) in them. If they don’t have ALM included it could lead to shorting your house if you’re drawing too much electricity at one time. In addition where chargers don’t have ALM built in, the installer will have to speak to your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for approval which can take a significant amount of time. So whilst you might find some relatively cheap solutions, you need to consider the above and the service warranties that you get. 

Zoom have partnered with Tonik Energy who provide home chargers with ALM as standard, meaning they’re some of the safest and best solutions available. What’s more you can get 10% off your charger (chargers start at £479 before the discount being applied), along with other benefits when you opt for Zoom’s bundle.

We wanted to give people access to the best solutions with a saving!

 

Written by the Z Team (04/06/19)

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