The future is now with EV charging at home. More and more companies such as partners Ohme*, are offering services that make it easy and convenient to install charging stations at home. Below we detail the process from finding the an electric vehicle charger for charging at your home through to installation.
EV charging at home is typically done through a standard 3-pin plug or through a specially installed electric wall mounted charger.
Due to slower charging speeds through a 3-pin plug, this is best suited for the smaller batteries of plug-in hybrid vehicles. With average charging speeds of 2.3kw for a 3-pin plug, the CUPRA Leon PHEV takes a minimum of 5 hours for a full charge from empty**.
For battery electric vehicles many drivers opt for installation of a home charging solution like the one from Ohme*, our preferred charging partner.
Ohme chargers offer speeds of up to 7kw in line with most domestic residential properties in the UK can provide.
A look at some of the smart technology.
The Ohme charger connects to your home Wi-Fi and can then be controlled with the Ohme mobile app†. The app then allows you to manage charging schedules, monitor progress and keep track of electricity usage and costs.
New energy tariffs primarily designed for EV drivers, like the one from Octopus Energy^^, incentivise charging during off-peak times by reducing the price of electricity. By telling Ohme your vehicle and your time-of-use energy tariff details, smart functionality will look to charge when prices are lower.
The OZEV grant of up to £350 is available for people living in rented properties or homeowners who live in flats. Used towards the cost of a EV chargepoint, Ohme can claim on your behalf.
Both feature a 3 year warranty and smart functionality.
£949 (inc. VAT) with standard installation¹
The newer Ohme ePod comes as an unthethered model ideal if you do not want your cable on show or if you prefer the flexibility of using different charging cables.
+ Untethered model
+ Compatible with Type 1 and Type 2 electric vehicles
+ Power: 7kW (25 miles per hour)
+ Charge via mobile app or interactive buttons on the ePod
£925 (inc. VAT) with standard installation¹
The Ohme Home Pro features a tethered Type 2 cable which is not switchable. Type 2 is now the most common charging cable used in the UK.
+ Tethered model
+ Connector: Type 2
+ Power: 7kW (25 miles per hour)
+ Cable length: 8m or 5m
+ Charge via the mobile app or the LCD screen
+ Compliant with new Smart Charger Regulations
+ Connection: 3G/4G for easy and reliable charging
+ Over-the-air updates*
+ 3 year warranty^
+ Home power balancing
+ In built earthing (no additional cost)
The industry standard is fast becoming the Type-2 charging port for when at home and away. To allow for faster DC charging when away from home the Type-2 is enhanced with additional power contacts making it a Combined Charging System (CCS).
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* UK homeowners (or renters with landlord's permission) with off-street parking at their property only. Wall box installation subject to contract with Ohme. Exclusions, eligibility restrictions and terms and conditions apply. Sign up required for over-the-air updates. Wi-Fi connection required. See Ohme website for more information.
† Compatible mobile device, app download and account creation required.
^ Warranty administered by Ohme Operations UK Limited. Exclusions apply (including defects arising from fair wear and tear, abnormal storage or working conditions). See Ohme website for full T&Cs
** VWG test data for comparison purposes. Actual charging times will vary depending on e.g. options, age, type, condition and temperature of charger/battery, charger usage & environmental factors. Charging time will be longer in cold weather or if battery safeguarding technology is activated.
^^ Subject to contract with Octopus Energy. Exclusions, eligibility restrictions and terms and conditions apply. To benefit from the Octopus Go tariff, the customer must have a SMETS2 smart meter or a SecureTM branded SMETS1 meter that they have agreed to let Octopus receive half-hourly consumption data from. There are some instances where a smart meter installation is not possible, for example remote areas with poor mobile signal.
¹ Price exclusive to Volkswagen Group UK Ltd when referred via a CUPRA Retailer.
Lithium-ion batteries, of the type used in most electric vehicles (including CUPRA electric vehicles) have a restricted lifespan. Battery capacity will reduce over time, with use and charging. Reduction in battery capacity will affect the performance of the vehicle, including the range achievable, and may impact resale value. New car performance figures (including battery capacity and range) may be provided for the purposes of comparison between vehicles. You should not rely on new car performance figures (including battery capacity and range), in relation to used vehicles with older batteries, as they will not reflect used vehicle performance in the real world. For further information on battery degradation/preservation and the CUPRA 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty, please click here.
Please note that some images and specifications may not reflect UK specification or may only be available as an option.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results.