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Home Charging

The easiest way to charge your vehicle at home is to install an electric vehicle charger. Installing your own charger is also an efficient way to charge, as you can schedule charging times and take advantage of dedicated EV energy tariffs.

Benefits of charging your electric vehicle at home

  • Convenient

    Charging at home is convenient, and easily becomes a habit, it makes good use of your time, and means you rarely having to stop at a service station. Plug in overnight and wake to a charged battery, just like charging your mobile phone.

  • Save money

    Charging your electric car at home is cheaper than charging at a public charger. There are several off-peak energy tariffs on offer which can save you even more money when you charge your car at specific times.

  • Flexibility

    We highly recommend that you install a dedicated EV charger, which we can help you with, however if needed, you can even plug-in to a domestic socket.

Installing a Home Charger

To make the move to electric simple, we’ve teamed up with British Gas to make installation of a home charger as quick and easy as possible.

Installation includes:

  • A 7.4kW Untethered EV charger
  • Installation from a British Gas engineer
  • Smart control in the Hive app
  • 3-year hardware and installation warranty
  • Support from British Gas

What do I need to install a home charger?

The basics you’ll need for installation are:

  • Off-street parking: To have your own charger installed, you must have a private off-street parking space, such as a driveway or garage.
  • Freeholder permission: If you live in a block of flats or rented property, you’ll need permission from the freeholder before we can install your charger.
  • 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. Not every property is suitable for an EV charger, and some properties might need a bit of electrical work before installation can begin. Experts from British Gas will be able to advise you free of charge.

Process for installing a home charger

Getting a charger installed is easy with British Gas and Toyota with expert support at every stage. When you order your Toyota EV, discuss charging options with your dealer, who can share your details with British Gas. The full process can take up to 6 months, so we recommend ordering your EV charger at the same time as ordering your new vehicle.

  • 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

    Home check

    Next, British Gas 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 British Gas will 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.
     

Home Charging FAQs

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

 

To estimate your bZ4X charging time, based on a variety of factors, use our handy charging calculator.

 

*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.

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.

 

If you rent or own a flat, you may be eligible for a government grant.

 

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