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A charging station at home: what should you pay attention to?

Do you want a charging station for your electric car at home? Then you end up in a forest of websites and new terminology. Bright car tester Rutger Middendorp will help you on your way in this article. Also watch his video about charging stations.

Five things are important when purchasing a charging station:

How fast can you charge?

Is a charging cable attached to the charging station?

Do you want to settle the costs of charging at home with your boss?

Do you want to charge smartly (if the electricity is cheaper)?

Does the pole look a bit nice?

How fast can you charge?

If your home is the base for many of your trips and you often drive more than the range of your car in a day, then you can consider getting a fast charger. For 11 kW you need at least a 3 phase / 16A connection and for 22 kW a 3 phase / 32A. For most people this will not really be necessary. If you can charge with 4 kWh, you will have charged 44 kWh the next morning between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM departure. For most cars, that is enough for 250 kilometers of range.

If you really want faster, see if your electric car can charge ‘3 phase’ and call your energy supplier or check your bill to see what connection you have. Most houses in the Netherlands have a 3 phase, 25 ampere connection and can therefore handle an 11 kW charging station. Keep in mind that a new group has to be installed in your meter cupboard, so check if there is still space left or if you need a new meter cupboard.

Is the charging cable attached to the charging station?

One of the annoyances of electric driving is the dragging of the charging cable. When purchasing a charging station, it can therefore be nice to choose one with a charging cable attached. Check carefully where the charging point of your car is and whether you can easily connect the charging cable. Some cars have the charge point on the nose, others on the front fender and some where the fuel cap used to be.

Also keep in mind that this probably won’t be your last electric car. A little extra length is nice, but you don’t want to have meters of cord lying around. So choose wisely and place the charging station so that various connections can be used.

Do you want to settle the charging costs with your employer?

Some employers also pay the electricity costs for charging the car at home. Several providers have software that can indicate exactly how much kWh your car has slurped. By the way, your car also knows how much it has loaded, but then you will have to look it up manually.

Do you want to charge smartly?

Smart charging ensures that your car requires less power when everyone in your neighborhood has the induction hob, dishwasher and oven on. EVBox has developed a Smart Charging platform for this purpose, with which the energy consumption of your home can be balanced based on the availability of power from your solar panels and the demand for power from other devices in your house.

Does the pole look a bit nice?

The eye also wants something, which is why it is important to know that you have options when it comes to appearance. Charging stations are often plastic containers that want to look as neutral as possible and can be placed on a pole or on the wall. You can’t argue about taste, so you can probably pick out something nice yourself. If that doesn’t work, there are two more interesting options from Dutch soil: Hidden from Bluecurrent hides all technology inside your house. Outside it will look just like a cable reel for your garden hose. You must of course have enough space in the meter cupboard for this.

The Streetplug is another nice Dutch solution to hide your charging cabinet. With a lid in the ground you can conjure up a charging point.

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