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Ben Halpern Author

95% of the charging you'll ever do is from home — so to make it right you'll want to go solar.

All in all our approach/plan is EV + solar alongside efficient electric heating/cooling via heat pumps.

Your options are going to vary in terms of charging stations depending on make and model — Tesla has a lot of charging stations backed by solar and they've announced plans for 100% solar in their stations. Otherwise your options will vary — but in practice, again, most charging comes from home.

That home charging factor is both the best user experience and best for your capacity to ensure clean energy. The car plugs into the house and you always leave with a "full battery"...

Hope that helps! I've always lived in cities and walked/biked and never had a driver's license. Eventually life took me to a driving-centric living situation so I'm excited that it's allowed me to help advocate for this version of driving if one must.

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Julie Wong

That’s great to know. I wasn’t aware that people do most of the EV charging at home. I wonder how much more it adds to EV owners’ electricity bills in the UK. This country hardly gets any sun during the year so solar power is not a good option.

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Yves Gaston

We didn’t want to own a car either but once you have children it becomes a necessity. We own a Polestar and charging time is 8 hours at 220V from our local charging point but with rapid recharger at motorways services it takes only 30 minutes. Home charging is something we’ve considered but haven’t gone ahead with mainly because we weren’t too sure at the time (last year) and we had a charging point not too far from us.

In the UK, you can get up to 75% off the installation of your charging point at home or workplace with the OLEV grant so we definitely getting a home charging point soon.

@julie in the UK you get a plug-in grant for low emission vehicles and the vehicle costs less than £40k, you will be exempt from road tax. So if you’re considering buying one you should look into all the EV grants/schemes you could get.

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Julie Wong

Thanks for the info @yves . Really appreciate your input.

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Ben Halpern Author

Yes, thanks for adding to the convo @yves !