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Charging at home

Get a chargepoint at home

If you’re leasing your first fully electric car on the Motability Scheme, we’ll arrange and cover the cost of a home chargepoint and a standard installation.

Having a chargepoint at home is the most convenient and cost-effective way of charging your electric car.

If you can get one, you might find it more accessible too. You’ll be able to make sure your chargepoint is installed somewhere that gives you enough space to move around and plug in.

You’ll need to have off-street parking next to your home, like a driveway or garage.

You’ll have to pay extra if you need a non-standard installation. For example, if your parking space is not next to your home or your electrical equipment needs to be upgraded.

If you have any questions or issues with your home chargepoint, please speak to your chargepoint installer directly.

You might need a non-standard installation if:

  • Your parking space is not directly next to your home

  • Your charging unit needs to be mounted on something other than your home, like a fence or a post
  • The distance from your electric meter to your home chargepoint is longer than 15 metres
  • The chargepoint provider needs to drill through more than one wall for the cable route
  • Your electrical equipment needs to be upgraded
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On average, 70% of customers do not need to pay anything extra during their installation

Using my home chargepoint is much easier. I think it’s cheaper and I can switch it on when I wish to.”

Kevin, electric car customer

How much charging at home costs

Being on the right tariff can help keep your costs lower. Make sure you shop around to ensure you’re on the best tariff for you. You can compare tariffs online(opens in a new window) in order to find deals.

Before you have a chargepoint installed, it's good to speak to your provider too, as tariffs can vary depending on your provider and where you live.

Here’s roughly what you can expect to pay, depending on the tariff you choose.

A standard tariff is the typical amount we expect you to pay, in line with the current energy price guarantee. An off-peak tariff means charging when most other people are not, usually for four to six hours overnight (typically after midnight).

So you know, if you’re on an off-peak tariff and you charge during peak hours, you’ll pay a lot more than your off-peak rate.

We’ve worked these out based on ‘nominal’ battery capacity, not ‘usable’ battery capacity.

Here’s what they mean:

  • Nominal capacity is the battery size you’ll see when you’re shopping for your electric car. It’s the total amount of energy a battery can theoretically hold
  • Useable capacity is the total amount of energy the battery can actually draw on to propel itself. This is less than the nominal capacity and manufacturers use it to stop a battery from being used when it’s extremely low and becoming damaged

We’ve used the nominal capacity because useable capacity varies from vehicle to vehicle, and it’s better to overestimate and expect to pay a little more than you need to.

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Our chargepoint providers

If you decide to get a home chargepoint installed, after we’ve approved your application we’ll allocate you to our trusted chargepoint providers. They’ll contact you first, then arrange to send someone out to you to install a 7kW chargepoint.

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Things to consider

  • We can only arrange a chargepoint installation for your first fully electric car on the Scheme
  • Charging at home is the easiest and most convenient way to charge

  • You might need to pay extra if your parking is not next to your home or your electrics need to be updated
  • You’ll need a smart phone or smart device if you want to use smart charging options
  • We’ll install your chargepoint at no extra cost, if you have private, off-street parking and no extra work is needed
  • It’s a good idea to shop around to make sure you’re on the best tariff for you
  • Ask your energy provider about making the most of cost-effective charging times
  • If you do not own your own home, you’ll need permission first