One of the great things about leasing an electric car through the Motability Scheme is that we arrange and cover the cost of fitting a home chargepoint at no extra cost for customers leasing their first pure battery electric vehicle. Having a chargepoint fitted at your home is the most convenient and cost-effective way of charging your electric car.
Watch our short film on how home charging works on the Scheme.
Getting a chargepoint fitted
To get a home chargepoint fitted you must have off-road parking, for example a driveway or garage. Once your application has been accepted, we will allocate you to one of our approved chargepoint installers, Ohme and Easee. All our installers will help you through the process of having the specialist 7KW chargepoint installed. You’ll need to take some photos of where you want the charger fitted and your fuse board too.
About one in five of our customers will need to speak with their energy provider about having an isolation switch fitted – the cost of this is not included in the package and you will need to organise this directly with your energy provider. If any work is required to gain access to your electricity supply you will also be responsible for these costs. We strongly recommend that you have the chargepoint fitted in advance of the planned delivery day of your new car, so if there are any complications they can be sorted out.
If you do not own your property or if it is a flat or leasehold you will need to seek permission to have a home charge point installed. You should also consider whether you are likely to move to a new house during your lease. Motability Operations will only pay for the installation of the chargepoint at the start of your first lease for a pure electric car, so if you move you may need to install a new chargepoint which could cost you around £750.
A chargepoint will only be installed for pure electric vehicles that have no other power source and are reliant on specialist charge points. Customers choosing a Plug-in Hybrid, which can generally be charged using a conventional 3 point plug, but can also use fuel to power the engine, are not eligible for this support.
Not able to fit a home charger?
We want you to get the right car for your needs and make the most of your mobility. So, for this reason, we recommend that the best way to make the most of an electric car at the moment, is by having a home charge point fitted. However, if you are unable to fit a home charging point at your property, then instead you’ll be given access to a network of charging points for easy on-street charging.
Alternatively, we may allow you to have the chargepoint fitted at one of your approved drivers’ address, but you must contact us to discuss this and get approval. As we will only pay for one chargepoint to be fitted at the start of your first electric lease, you must be really sure that you will not change drivers during the course of your lease.
Using your chargepoint
You will be given the option of either a “tethered” or “untethered” chargepoint, which basically means whether the charging cable is permanently attached to the chargepoint or not. Some customers find the tethered option easier as you do not have to lift the full weight of the cable each time you want to plug the car in.
Your installer will set up your chargepoint to charge your car when plugged in. However, one of the many benefits of having an electric car is the ability to reduce your running costs by scheduling when to charge your vehicle so that you take advantage of the best energy rates, typically by charging overnight. You can usually schedule your charging times using either the accompanying smartphone app, the manufacturer’s app or via your energy provider.
This means that to make the most of an electric car you will need a smartphone – Android or Apple – or a tablet that you can use to control the charging of your vehicle. The apps are very simple to use and your dealer and charge point installer can help you to become familiar with how to use them.
Home Charging Costs
Obviously this depends on the energy tariff you are on, however for a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery and 200-mile range, it should cost around £9.20 for a full charge at home*. On average, electricity will cost around a third of what the petrol would cost. So, for the miles that would cost you £90 in petrol, this should cost you around £30 in an electric car.
However, the cost of energy varies significantly depending on which tariff you are on, so it’s really important that you speak to your energy provider. They will advise you on the best off-peak time to charge your car, usually overnight, as this will make a big difference to the cost of charging. Some energy providers have special tariffs for charging electric cars. There is information on tariffs for electric cars on some of the popular price comparison websites.