An inexpensive, easy way of charging is to top up your EV using a cable designed for domestic power outlets. This is an occasional solution compatible with all electric vehicles equipped with a Type 1 or Type 2 connector and quite simply involves plugging into a domestic socket. This type of cable should only be used on an occasional basis in order to avoid overheating the installation if the charging session takes several hours.
In the UK, the charging capacity using a cable for domestic power outlets is limited to 2.3 kW. Standard household electrical installations cannot charge at a high power rating. To charge faster, you need to install a special socket for electric vehicles or a charging station. The charging time using a cable for domestic power outlets varies according to the vehicle model. In all cases, we are talking about slow charging which usually requires more than 10 hours to fully charge a large-capacity on-board charger. For example, the charging time for a Renault Zoe 50 kWh using a cable for domestic power outlets is estimated at 13 hrs 40 minutes, whereas for a Renault Zoe 20 kWh, the estimated time stands at 5 hrs 47 minutes.
Depending on the model of your electric vehicle, the charging cable for domestic power outlets can be a cable fitted with a Type 1 or Type 2 vehicle connector. You can find a compatible cable for domestic power outlets and the charging performance of your vehicle on our Vehicles page. If you can’t find your model of vehicle, please contact us.