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Installing a Home Charger

The easiest way to charge your vehicle at home is to install an electric vehicle charger. To make the move to electric simple, a home EV charger, and installation is included with all of our plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles. We’ve teamed up with British Gas to make installation as quick and easy as possible. Subject to availability and eligibility.

Home Charger Included As Standard 

Buy any new plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle and a 7.4kW EV charger and installation by British Gas for your home is included. Subject to availability and eligibility.

What’s included:

A 7.4kW Untethered EV charger

Installation from a certified British Gas Engineer

Smart Control in the award-winning Hive app

3-year hardware and installation warranty

Support from British Gas

What You'll Need

Before we can get started, we'll need to know your property has the basics needed for an installation. Not every property is suitable for an EV charger, and some older properties might need a bit of extra electrical work before installation can begin. If you need help, don’t worry – experts from British Gas will be able to advise you free of charge.

Off-street parking

To have your own charge point installed, you must have a private off-street parking space, such as a driveway or garage.

Freeholder permission

Live in a block of flats or a rented property? You’ll need permission from the freeholder before we can install your charge point.

Electrical safety check

If your property was built before 2008, we’ll arrange a free video call with a British Gas engineer to make sure your electrics are up to standard.

The Process

Getting a charge point installed is easy with British Gas and Toyota. You will have expert support at every stage, the process can take up to 6 months, so we recommend ordering your EV charger through your local Toyota dealer at the same time as ordering your new vehicle.
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Step 1

Place your order

Once you place your order, British Gas will get in touch to ask some simple questions about your home.

Step 2

Virtual home check

Next, we might need to arrange a ‘home check’. This is a 30 minute free video call or home visit with a British Gas engineer to check a few things around your home, finalise your charge point install design, and answer any questions you might have.

Step 3

Charge point approval

You might need approval from your local Distribution Network Operator to connect your charger to the local grid. If you do need this approval, British Gas will take care of the whole application process for you and the DNO will follow up with you directly if they need more information.

Step 4

Installation

The installation is carried out by a British Gas engineer. It usually takes 2-4 hours and we’ll need you to be at the property for that time. After that, you’ll be ready to start charging your EV at home straight away.

A tethered EV charger has a built in cable, whereas an untethered does not have a cable included. The EV charger we provide is untethered.

The charge time will depend on the model of your vehicle, please see an outline of charge times* from a 7.4kW home charger below for our electric models:

bZ4X: 

  • 10 hours^
     

Proace City Electric:

  • 4.5 hours
     

Proace Electric: 

  • 50 kWh battery - 4 hours 45 minutes
  • 75 kWh battery - 7 hours
     

RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid:

  • 2.5 hours
     

Prius Plug-in Hybrid:

  • 2 hours

 


^Indicative charge time, for comparison purposes. bZ4X charging times are currently being tested with final results expected in Summer 2022.

*Actual charging times may vary depending on various factors, including the age, type, condition and temperature of the charging unit and the battery, the starting charge and environmental conditions at the point of use. Charge times may be longer in colder weather and if battery temperature activates safeguarding technology. 

Yes! It is completely safe to charge your vehicle in the rain.
Once you have your charger installed, it is extremely simple, just plug in and the vehicle will charge – just like any other electrical appliance.
It is possible to install an EV charger in your garage, speak to the British Gas support team on 0333 202 1054 who will be able to provide further advice.
This depends on your circumstances, contact the friendly British Gas support team on 0333 202 1054 and they will be able to help you.