As we move towards a more environmentally-friendly society, charging our electric cars is going to become more of a concern and a problem that might need addressing. Every day when our tablets or mobile phones run out of power, we simply plug a small cable into a power socket and charge away – but with an electric vehicle, it is a different matter.
It cannot be denied that the future of vehicles will be electric. It has been estimated that within just 10 years from now, the UK will have more vehicles on the road that are powered by electricity than oil-driven cars. In 20 years from now, the only petroleum-powered cars still on the road may well be vehicles classed as “vintage”.
Installing an electric car charging point into your home will become something that will take off exponentially in the future. What you will be able to install will depend on a few electrical factors in your home. Most dwellings have a single-phase supply. This should allow you to install a 3.7 kW charging point in the home, which can charge a vehicle up when turned on overnight.
Many homes are being fitted with smart meters these days. This small device tells us how much electricity we are using in the home at any one moment in time. Adding a monitoring alarm of the electric being used is easily done.
There are options available to allow a strong and quick charge to an electric car. This would need a three-phase supply and a vehicle could be powered up to 85 per cent of a full charge in as little as 30 minutes.
Naturally, charge points would be positioned on the outside of your home and the front of the socket would need to be locked to prevent an unauthorised vehicle stealing your power. It may be an unthinkable contemplation today, but in the future, perhaps not.
If you are one of the 100,000 or so electric vehicle owners today, you might wish to consider charging up at a point that is positioned on a driveway or garage within your dwelling. ISOENERGY is a company that can fit charging points for electric vehicles in the home.
All electric car charging point systems come with a warranty and a meter installed. The meter can be useful for employees using a company car and requiring expenses reclaim.