There are a couple of ways to charge your EV at home.
The most basic way is to plug your electric car into a standard power point. This will give you about 2.3-3.5kW of charge, or about 10-20kms of travel per charging hour. It’s the slow and steady option.
To charge your EV quickly, you’ll need a dedicated home charging station. These are serious pieces of equipment and must be installed by a qualified electrician. We can help with the setup.
You can charge your electric car using one of three types of charging stations: Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. The main difference is how long they take to provide a full charge (with Level 1 being the slowest and Level 3 being the fastest).
A Level 1 charging cable allows you to plug your car into a standard power point. This will give you about 10-20kms of charge per hour.
Level 2 chargers provide around 40kms of charge per hour using your regular household electricity. Of course, charge times will vary from car to car (just as fuel efficiency differs between conventional cars).
These times assume the car is starting at 0% charge, which often won't be the case.
Yes, you can with the right home charger that is solar enabled. The total amount of solar power charging your EV depends on how much electricity your solar power system generates. If you charge your EV in the morning or during the day, your solar system could quite easily charge or partially charge your EV. And if you have battery storage as part of your solar system, you’ll be able to use even more solar power to charge your car.
On a tethered charger, the cable that connects to your car is permanently attached to the charging station. With untethered chargers, the cable can be disconnected from both ends (the car and the charger).
You can, but you need your body corporate’s permission.
If you’re the first person in your complex to buy an EV, it can be tricky to know how to ask for permission.
To make things as easy as possible, we’ve created a letter template you can use to kickstart the conversation with your body corporate. Simply download the document below, fill in your details and send it off.
Every home is different but we do require that you have off-street parking and your home meets the requirements for a safe installation. Before asking for full payment, we will work with you to understand what your home requires. Once we’ve done that, we’ll finalise a quote for your approval before booking an installation date.
It depends on what type of charger you’re hoping to install.
Most EV chargers are single-phase. This makes installation relatively easy, as most Australian homes run on single-phase power. Single-phase chargers are also cheaper to install, and great for overnight charging.
Faster home chargers, which run from 11-22kW, require 3-phase power. (They also cost quite a bit more to install.)
How to tell if your home is single-phase or 3-phase
An easy way to tell if your home is single-phase or 3-phase is to check your house’s switchboard, or fusebox. Find the main switch (also called the ‘normal supply main switch’) and count the number of switches beneath it. If there are 3 switches, you’re running 3-phase power, while a single switch indicates you’re on single-phase.
There could potentially be additional costs depending on your parking/garage setup but you can rest assured that most customers don’t require these, except for the basic requirements of off-street parking and some access requirements to your switchboard. Our installation partner will check these additional costs with you before completing the installation.
Yes, if your charger location is outside of 2m from your switchboard. it is a safety requirement provided by AGL and is also compulsory by law in Victoria.
Isolation is required to prevent a short circuit or electric shock, which could harm people and equipment. A typical size of a switch would be 200mm x 200mm. The isolation switch is included in the installation cost.
After you select your charger, it can take up to 6 weeks until you’re up and running with your charger installed. It can take as little as 2-3 weeks, depending on how standard your installation is, the works in relation to your switchboard and any relevant required permits and approvals (which are outside our control). We will work with you to ensure you’re up and running as soon as possible.
You can change your installation date by contacting our installation service provider, Jet Charge on 1300 856 328.
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The total cost depends on three things:
As a rule of thumb, it costs around 22 cents per kWh to charge an EV from home. (That’s about $4 for 100kms of travel.) Of course, electricity rates vary according to location and the time of day, so this is just a guide.
Want to get more specific? No problem.
Calculating your charging costs
To calculate how much it will cost to fully charge your EV, simply multiply your electricity rate by the size of your EV battery. Here’s the formula:
EV battery size (kWh) x Electricity rate ($ per kWh) = Total charging cost ($)
Did you know?
AGL is offering EV users a charging plan that includes up to $240 in annual credits. It’s just one of the ways we’re helping Australia drive towards a sustainable future.