In the UK, the vast majority of electric car charging is done at home. This is usually the most convenient and cost-effective way to charge. Get home, plug in, wake up with a full charge. Brilliant! To charge from home, it is best to get a home charge point installed. A dedicated home EV charger will charge your car much faster that using a three-pin plug - up to three times quicker! It's safer, too. A home chargepoint for Pod Point - Kia's charging oartner - is weatherproof, so you can of course charge when it's raining. The charge point is also smart, and WiFi enabled which means it can keep track of how much you have spent on charging - so you can invoice for travel costs for example. It can even save you money by charging when electricity is cheapest.
Good news, there is a £500 OLEV government grant available to help with the cost of a home charge point. This means for a standard installation, our partner, Pod Point, can supply and install a home charge point from as little as £279 for a 3.6kW charger, or, for Kia customers, a special price of £300 (£359 RRP) for a 7kW charger after the grant.
If you don't know which charger you need, fear not, we'll explain that next. If you're thinking about getting a home charge point, it is also worth switching your electricity to a smart meter. If you haven't already done so, switching to a smart meter is usually free, and provides many benefits for drivers who charge at home. A smart meter will allow you to take advantage of smart tariffs, which mean your car can charge when it's greenest and cheapest to do so. In future, you will need a smart meter to take advantage of the OLEV grant. (The benefit of the government's £500 grant towards a home charge point, you need to own your own home, have off street parking and not have claimed the grant for the vehicle)
The time taken to charge an electric car varies depending on the size of the car's battery and the charger that is being used. The Kia e-Niro can drive up to 282 miles on a single charge, which is one of the longest ranges currently available.