So you’ve taken the decision to go electric, you’ve probably chosen the make and model of your vehicle, spent time considering range, now it’s time to think logistics. How are you going to charge your car and what charger is best for you?
There are some important factors to now consider including budget, features, logistics and aesthetics!
Relatively speaking most chargers sit within a similar budget of £5-700 with additional features depending on your needs and wants. Having a charger at home will save you time and money and most importantly will keep your car battery topped up ensuring you are able to plan and make your journey with enough miles on the clock.
Although the EV charge market is still relatively new, products are evolving at a rapid pace and today, most chargers are now capable of delivering a full charge in around seven or eight hours meaning that you can leave the car overnight safe in the knowledge that you will be full loaded and ready to go the next day.
In terms of practicality, there are two types of charger, tethered and untethered with benefits to each. Tethered means that the cable is attached, which can prove more secure and can be more cost effective. However a tethered cable can present issues, largely due to lack of flexibility and reach. Choosing a tethered cable means you must opt for Type 1 or Type 2 which may make the charger unusable if a new car needs a different Type.
Most new cars are Type 2 as are most untethered chargers. An untethered charge gives you increased versatility and can look neater and tidier, and perhaps more stylish, once in situ. The one key disadvantage is around security, as this charge can be much easier to remove.
Aesthetics are important and we want the charger to sit and blend well within our home environment exterior. Looking at size, design and presentation may be important, and some chargers are less obvious and more subtle than others. Franklin Energy offer three distinct home charging solutions catering for a broad range of needs and aesthetical desire. For further information have a look at our home charging options.
It’s worth also considering how your lifestyle now and how may change in the future. If you want to save money on charging, opt for a charger that can automatically begin charging at times of the day or night when energy rates are at their lowest. If you are opting for solar energy or is something that you may be exploring, choose a charger that works well with that type of energy channel.
It’s important to understand the power of the charger – although not many cars can use 22kW chargers to their full capacity currently, as the EV market becomes more innovative, many EVs will start to have the capabilities of using the full capacity of the most powerful fast charger available. This will also depend on power supply in your house, as considerable electrical upgrades may be needed to complete the install. A more powerful 11-22kw fast charger will allow you to top up the charge for a few hours, then go back out later in the day.
As the market evolves and opens up, chargers become more sophisticated and we are presented with more choice. Its important to take the time to think about what factors are most important to you and select a future proof product that will work with both your current car and future vehicle choices.