Electric car home charging issue can be solved with new charger design

As electric vehicles become more popular, homeowner demand for household charging stations will spike, with trends already showing this pattern. Data from Zap-Map’s annual survey found that 10 percent of EV drivers had two or more electric vehicles, up from seven percent in 2020 and nine percent in 2021.

It is estimated that more than eight million British households have two or more cars or vans, with England making up the bulk of this figure.

The cost of living crisis has massively affected drivers, with petrol and diesel prices forcing drivers to choose between filling up and doing the weekly shop.

Because of this, interest in electric vehicles has increased dramatically with drivers being attracted to the lower running costs.

In addition, EVs are exempt from any Low Emission Zones, are VED exempt until 2025 and have lower maintenance costs than internal combustion engine vehicles.

With the rise of electric cars, experts are predicting that more households will have home charging stations with two outlets to charge two EVs at once.

Cecilia Routledge, global director for energy and facilities for CTEK, said early adopters of EVs were generally those with access to off-road parking.

This allowed them to install a home charging point, although almost all of these chargers only have a single outlet to charge one EV at a time.

She added: “But now, more and more EV driving households are adding a second EV when their secondary petrol or diesel car is due for replacement.

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“Having two EVs on their driveway or in their garage which need charging, but only one single-outlet charge point is a problem.

“For many, it will mean they cannot plug both EVs in overnight to take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity. Only one EV will be charged fully up in the morning.”

There are signs that households are now installing a dual-outlet charger, either as an initial installation or to replace a first-generation charger.

According to CTEK, installing a dual-outlet charge point rather than two separate charging units means less new wiring is required, making it a simpler and cheaper install job.

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These dual-outlet chargers can also optimise charging efficiency as it draws enough power to charge one or two EVs.

One driver who had been grappling with two electric cars but only one charger was Ben, from the Peak District.

He had struggled to charge both overnight, especially with the cold winter nights, and sought to install a dual-outlet EV charger.

He said he would plug his car in to charge in the evening, but it would shut down overnight, so the car wasn’t fully charged in the morning.

Ben continued, saying: “I was running a single BMW EV for a year and decided to replace our second, hybrid car with another EV. So, I wanted the option of charging two vehicles at once overnight. 

“I was reassured with how reliable the brand is and that twin charging was offered, with load balancing. 

“I could have both EVS on overnight at 16A each and when one was fully charged, the other one could have 32A. I could also reliably pre-heat both vehicles in the morning on the AC power.”

The chargers are designed to cope with Swedish winters, so even the most dire weather conditions in Derbyshire could be handled.

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