Why you should install a charging station at home

Single charging station mounted on house wall

Having your own charging station for your EV makes charging faster, safer and more reliable. This is what you need to know about charging at home.

Have you asked yourself whether you really need a charging station for your EV? You’re not alone. Many first time EV owners are unaware of the benefits of having a charging station, and of the risks of not having one.

What about the cable that came with the car?

Most Electric vehicles only come with a Mode 2 charging cable. Mode 2 cables have a type 2 plug that fits your car in one end, and a plug for ordinary sockets in the other. Contrary to what many new owners of electric cars believe, this cable is only intended emergency use. You should only use this cable when no other charging options are available.

The benefits of having your own charging station

Charge more efficiently. Charging with the Mode 2 cable that comes with the car and regular socket  limits charging to 10A and 2,3 kW. A charging station has a dedicated 16A circuit or higher. This allows you to take advantage of the full charging capacity of your vehicle.

Charging stations come with a mounted cable or an outlet for a separate Mode 3 cable. You can buy these cables in several dimensions. They all have greater capacity than a Mode 2 cable. With a 16A circuit you can choose a Mode 3 cable giving you a charging effect up to 11 kW. The dedicated circuit also makes charging times more reliable.

EV owner opening trunk. Charging station connected to car.

Charge more safely. Charging stations are designed to charge EVs and fulfill all relevant safety norms*. The installer connects the charging station to a dedicated circuit with at least 16A. The charging station also has earth fault protection type B and warns you of any errors. It also stops the power supply when the vehicle is fully charged.

Are you worried that you might not have enough available power for charging at home? Discover how you can charge efficiently with with homeCLU here.

Installing a charging station may also increase the value of your home, making it an even better investment for the future.

Avoid charging through a regular socket.

There are several reasons why you should avoid regular charging through the Mode 2 cable and a regular socket;

  • Regular sockets are not designed to withstand high throughput over long periods of time. This may cause heat to build up and create a fire hazard.
  • Regular sockets are usually not connected to dedicated circuits. When you’re consuming power in your home, this makes charging unreliable.
  • Regular sockets don’t have adequate earth fault monitoring and protection.
  • For the reasons listed above, Mode-2 cables are limited to 10A / 2,3 kW, much less than the charging capacity of most cars.
  • Connecting and disconnecting the plug rapidly causes wear.
*  (Norway) DSB, Elbilforeningen, Normsamling NEK400:2014 – Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite