There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home charger for your new electric vehicle. But never fear, we're here to help. In this blog post, we'll go over seven factors you should keep in mind when making your purchase. With this information, you'll be sure to find the EV charger that's right for you. Read on to learn more!
1. How much range do you need per charge?
It is important to determine how much range you require for each charge and be aware of how regularly you will have the opportunity to recharge your vehicle. Home chargers are available that can provide the necessary range, but the installation process may be time-consuming and costly unless you go to a reputable supplier like ePower.
Alternatively, if your employer has onsite charging points, they may be able to offer more flexibility. They might even offer monetary incentives if you utilise their electric vehicle charging points during work hours. Understanding how much range you need per charge as well as how often you will be able to recharge your vehicle is key in making sure your EV experience is a positive one.
2. What's your budget for both the car itself and the charger installation cost?
When considering the five year annual costs of both getting an EV and having it properly charged, there are several factors to think about. The car itself will vary in price depending on make, model, and other various features. Additionally consider the low-cost of installation for a home charger, compared with the purchase price of the new car. Using your own power, should have more cost saving benefits than relying of fuel pump prices.
Business charger installations can often be more expensive due to potential construction that may be required. It is also important to consider what you will do with your trade in vehicle; though you may get a small financial credit for trading in an older car, costs for repairs and upkeep should also factor into the five year total as well. Carefully compare all five year costs when making a decision about buying an EV.
3. Which make and model of EV is right for you and your family/lifestyle needs?
Choosing the right electric vehicle (EV) for you and your family is an important decision, so researching all of your options thoroughly is essential. Consider factors such as overall cost of ownership, range, charging capability, design, and sustainability for you to decide which EV make and model most aligns with your lifestyle needs.
Home chargers and business chargers can provide extra opportunities to power your EV between trips. Additionally, reliable service centres can serve as a great resource for ongoing maintenance on your EV. Ultimately, the right EV for you will depend on how much time and money you are willing to invest.
4. Home chargers are great for people with short commutes every day?
For short commutes, EVs are great given the convenience of charging within your own garage or driveway.
By installing a Home charger from ePower, you can easily charge your EV each night and enjoy the benefits of electric transportation every day.
Will you need a fast charger for longer trips?
When considering an EV, you should also consider how often you will take long trips in your vehicle. If so, then it might be worth investing in a fast charger that allows for rapid charging times. Fast chargers are often located at public charging stations and can provide a full charge in a matter of minutes. However, the cost of installation will vary depending on the make and model of your EV so it’s important to factor this into your decision making process.
Ultimately, there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to deciding whether or not an electric vehicle is right for you. By researching all of your options, understanding the five year costs associated with an EV, and considering how often you will need to charge, you can make sure that investing in an EV is the right decision for you and your family.
5. What are the ongoing running costs associated with charging your EV?
When considering an EV, the ongoing running costs beyond the purchase price must also be taken into account. EV drivers usually require more insurance than a standard car, which can bring additional charges. Additionally, service and maintenance of the EVs is slightly different. For example, changing tires is simpler due to there being one axle.
When it comes to charging an EV, you have two options: home charging or business charger. Typically, home charging is cheaper as it’s convenient and you are mostly in control. On the other hand, business chargers that faster tend to come at a cost as well as distance charging fees depending on where you charge your EV from. Taking into consideration these factors ahead of purchasing an EV should help to ensure that the total costs of ownership can be managed over time.
6. What grants are available for EV owners and Home charger installation?
In Ireland, SEAI offer a range of grants to help you save money when buying or installing an electric vehicle (EV), or its charger. SEAI grants can also assist businesses wishing to install EV charging infrastructure. SEAI grants for private residential homes include a €600 grant for the supply and installation of up to two home-chargers.
SEAI also offer a 25% grant for the cost of installation for most business chargers, up to a maximum amount of €6,000 per charger. All grants are subject to availability from SEAI's budget and the particular area you live in, so be sure to check and see what local offers may be available in your area before buying or installing an EV or charger.
7. What about resale value - will an EV hold its value better than a traditional petrol or diesel car over time ?
Buying an electric vehicle (EV) can be a significant investment, but when it comes to resale value, the news is good. EVs offer vastly improved battery life thanks to advanced technology such as home and business chargers. On average, EVs retain their value better over time compared to traditional petrol or diesel cars. This is because they require less servicing over time and in many cases have innovative features that draw buyers in. So investing in an EV won’t hurt your long-term resale prospects – just make sure you take advantage of the home and business charging capabilities available so you get the most out of your new set of wheels!
An electric vehicle is an attractive choice, in terms of its reduced running cost and environmental impact. Taking into consideration a few key factors can help ensure that you purchase the right car for your individual needs. When deciding if an EV is right for you and your family, it's important to consider the range per charge and how often you'll be able to recharge. You should also think about what your budget is for both the car itself and installation costs for home and business chargers.
It's important to weigh up all the ongoing running costs associated with an EV including insurance, servicing and charging costs. There may also be incentives or rebates available from the government in your area to offset the purchase price of an EV or installation costs for chargers.
Lastly, don't forget to consider whether there will be a solid resale value for EVs over time compared to petrol or diesel cars. If you are considering a new or used 231 electric vehicle, contact ePower today to arrange installation of their specialised Home Chargers. Ask us for a free survey today.
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