Home charging

How to charge an eletric vehicle at home

If you want to charge at home, we can help you stay on the move.

When can a charging station be installed at your home? How can one be requested?

Type of electricity network, contracted power, connectivity and type of meter are some of the minimum requirements needed to install a charger at home. But the main condition to check if it is possible to have a charging point at home is the type of parking.

Charging at home: different ways & situations

There are two different ways to recharge your electric vehicle at home - one, is by using a standard wall socket and the second is with a residential EV charging station. When you connect your EV to a normal 3-pin socket in your house to charge up, loading is slower, so fully charging even a 40 kW battery can take almost 17 hours. However, by far the most convenient and fast solution is to install a home charger. The time it takes to fully charge is based on the level, or speed, of charging and how full the battery is when you start.

Home charging is the most convenient way to charge your EV. But for that, you need to meet some conditions for installing a charging station at your home.

Do I have the necessary conditions to install a charger in my home?

The driver owns a house or apartment with private parking (e.g. garage) Installing a charging station will be no problem. We just need to verify the technical conditions for the installation.The driver owns an apartment with shared parking  Authorization must be requested from the condominium association, in order to install the charger. LeasePlan provides a draft template for completing your data. By law, the condominium is obliged to approve this request, unless the required technical conditions for installation are not met. The driver rents an apartment with private or shared parking Authorization will be needed from the property owner and the condominium association in order to install a charging station. This draft is also provided by LeasePlan. Additional installations may be needed in the building’s garage to allow data exchange with the charging station. The driver owns or rents a house without private or shared parking The driver will have to use public charging stations near the area of residence, or use a charging station available at the office (if applicable).

There is also the possibility of charging at work

Charging your electric car at work has many advantages. For example, the cost of electricity is generally lower than at home or on the road, and it is where we spend the majority of our time.

If you need a charging solution at work, you can count on LeasePlan to put things into motion.

When can a charging station be installed at work? How can one be requested? What does it mean in practical terms? LeasePlan has developed a complete solution. Contact us!

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How can I charge my electric vehicle at home?

How should I charge my electric vehicle? The battery is the heart of your electric vehicle, so you must take good care of it. When you fill up your car with petrol or diesel, you usually think: "The fuller, the better". In electric vehicles, lithium batteries will last longer if you keep them charged between 20% and 80%. Although a full charge is not ideal, it’s not the end of the world – so long as you don’t leave your car parked for a long time after a full charge. Fully draining your battery’s charge is also not advisable. If this happens, it is important to recharge your car as soon as possible. How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? Different chargers offer different charging speeds, although charging time is also influenced by the vehicle’s capacity. PHEVs charge at speeds of 3.7 kW to 7.5 kW, and as a rule in slow charging. In these types of vehicles, the battery has a capacity of about 10 kWh, so in order to fully charge the battery, which has a charging speed of 3.7 kW, it will take approximately 3 hours. 100% electric cars charge at speeds of 7.5 kWh to 22 kWh or up to 150 kW, depending on the current used – alternating (AC) for slow charging or direct (DC) for fast charging. For example: a car with a 50 kWh battery, with a charging speed of 22 kW in AC, will take approximately 2.5 hours to charge. If in direct current, with a charging speed of 50 kW, it will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the maximum limit of 80% of battery capacity (in DC, in order to preserve the battery life). Will my building have the energy capacity to install the charger? To determine whether buildings have the proper energy capacity, a technical visit will be done by the LeasePlan partner responsible for charger installation. It is important to meet one of the following conditions: - single-phase installation with a minimum contracted power of 5.75kVA; - three-phase installation with a minimum contracted power of 13.8 kVA. If neither of these power conditions can be met, is important to determine if the capacity can be increased. Are charging costs billed to me or to the condominium? Billing will depend on the type of charging solution chosen, which falls into one of two categories: - **Plug & Charge**, with no connection to the Mobi.E network: we offer an account settlement wallet solution between the condominium member and the condominium. - **DPC, with a connection to the Mobi.E network**: use of an EMSP card which unlocks the charger and allows charging, with all charges done using the card, and not the joint condominium account. This is also the best solution for automatically reimbursing charges between the company and the employee. For more information, please see the website of our mobility partner [Mobi.E](targetBlank:https://www.mobie.pt/). If you have any questions, contact our specialists via e-mail at [consultoria@leaseplan.com](targetSelf:consultoria@leaseplan.com "consultoria@leaseplan.com"). If I move to a new home, what happens to the charger? If you move, the equipment can be transferred to your new home, but the deinstallation and installation costs must be paid by you or by the company. Is my home charging station accessible to the public? As a rule, private home charger is not accessible to third parties and the energy consumed is charged directly to your private electricity bill. However, depending on the type of installation, and with prior authorization, other electric mobility card holders can use their card at your home charging station, without you being charged for the energy consumed. I am unable to charge at home. Are there any alternatives? If you are unable to charge your vehicle at home, you can use a public charger. You don't need a home charger to have an electric vehicle, as the number of public charging stations is increasing year by year. And through charging apps, you can easily get an overview of the charging points available locally. As a company, what charging options can I offer my drivers? If you represent a company, you can address 90% of your drivers’ charging needs by offering chargers at home and at work.

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