How can I charge my electric car?

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The safest and most convenient way to charge your vehicle at home is through a dedicated wall box charging point.

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

The safest and most convenient way to charge your vehicle at home is through a dedicated wall box charging point. Ensure this is installed by a qualified, registered and competent electrician only. Use our ‘find an electrician’ page to locate one near you.

Take advantage of the on-going Government schemes aimed at relieving people of some of the cost linked to the installation of a home charging point. If you don't have a dedicated charging point: Never use a domestic multi socket extension lead when charging your electric vehicle.

Never ‘daisy-chain’ extension leads. The method of plugging more than one extension lead into another in order to reach a greater distance increases the risk of an electrical fire as well as electric shock.

Allways buy your charging cable from a reputable retailer or directly from the manufacturer who will put such products through rigorous tests to ensure they meet UK safety standards.

Ensure you frequently check your charging cable for wear and tear and replace it if any damage is evident.

If you are charging from a 13A mains socket in your home, ensure the wiring in your property has been checked prior to doing so. Old wiring may not be able to cope with the demand from charging your vehicle overnight and risk a fire in your property.

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