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Electromobile at last! But which is the right e-car charging station for your home?

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23-03-2021
Choosing an electric car saves money and makes an important contribution to protecting our planet. However, once the right car model is in front of your house, you should not rush to choose the right charging facility. Not all charging boxes offer the same functions. Which charging station is the right one for your e-car depends on your individual needs and should be well considered. We have taken a look at everything that needs to be considered when buying a charging solution.

Can I charge my e-car using a classic household socket?

Before deciding on a charging station, many people consider whether it is not possible to simply charge the e-car at the household socket. This question is quickly answered. In an emergency, this certainly works, albeit slowly.

However, with each charging process, the household installation is excessively strained. Charging an electric car is equivalent to continuoulsy using a household item such as a hairdryer or kettle, no classic household socket is designed to regularly supply an appliance with maximum power for several hours. To protect the household installation and avoid the risk of short circuits, it is therefore highly recommended to use a charging station for the e-car. 

The right e-car charging station for your home - today and tomorrow

A question that is less easy to answer is that of the right charging box. Not every charging solution offers the same functions. When deciding on a model, it is particularly important not only to take your current circumstances into account, but also to consider future factors.

Which electric car is to be charged? Will there perhaps also be a second vehicle? For the most flexible use of the charging station, an adapter set can be used. This allows the electric car to be charged on holiday, for example.

To maximise the savings potential of an e-car, the energy costs should also be considered: Which electricity tariffs should be used for charging? Is it possible to use flexible electricity pricing models? Is there already a PV system that can supply the e-car with electricity from its own roof? Is a solar system planned for the future?

 

What is the cheapest way to charge an e-car at home?

If factors such as these are taken into account when buying a charging station for an e-car, a lot of money can be saved. For example, there are models on the market that allow the vehicle to be charged depending on the current electricity tariff.

Such devices are particularly interesting for e-car owners with variable electricity tariffs, as charging takes place automatically when the market price is particularly low.      

What to consider when buying an e-car charging station for your home

  • Thinking about tomorrow - What requirements should the charging box fulfil in the future?
  • Maximise savings potential - Can my charging box work with variable electricity tariffs?
  • Always the right solution for my car - Are there adapters that allow me to charge my e-car on the road at any socket?
  • Shortening the payback period of the PV system - Can my charging box charge my e-car with surplus electricity from my photovoltaic system?
  • Safety first - Does my charging equipment have protection mechanisms against misuse?

Smart electricity tariffs are becoming increasingly popular and widespread worldwide - so choosing a suitable charging station is an investment in the future, even if you are currently still paying a fixed electricity price.

 

Filling up with sunshine - that's not only ecologically sustainable

It is obvious that e-mobility makes the greatest contribution to environmental protection when it is powered by renewable energy such as solar electricity. But the fact that it is also particularly economically sustainable to charge the e-car with electricity from one's own photovoltaic system often only becomes clear at second glance. Charging stations specially designed for this purpose can automatically charge an e-car with surplus PV electricity, which would otherwise be fed back into the grid. This helps e-car owners to achieve greater self-consumption and lower electricity costs, thus significantly shortening the payback period of the PV system.

Anyone who has a PV system at home or is thinking about purchasing one in the future should look carefully when buying a charging box, as only a few models can communicate with a PV system. 

Better safe than sorry - How to protect the charging box from misuse

When it comes to security, it is also worth checking carefully which is the right e-car charging station for your home. Some devices offer protection mechanisms and must be unlocked for use, for example with a suitable chip card or token. These features will ensure that a charging station installed outside your home, near your garage or another easily accessible locations cannot be misused. Depending on the installation location, theft protection can also be an important criteria when deciding on the optimal charging solution. 

Last but not least, it makes sense to find out about the legal framework before buying a charging box. In some countries, only certain types of devices are permitted. Similarly, the subsidies for different models vary.

 

With individual advice to the right solution

In summary, there are a variety of factors that should be considered when buying a home e-car charging station. It is worthwhile, especially financially, to research carefully before buying a charging box. The easiest way to do this is to seek advice from an expert. Our expert search will help you find the right installer quickly and easily.

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