One way or another we all take advantage of the rapid growth of all the useful technology available to us today. It’s the snowball effect; as soon as some new scientific wonder is released so an improved version appears. From smartphones to connectivity in our vehicles and homes, we all reap the benefits, and this is very true when it comes to the cars we drive.
The electric car, after a slow start, is starting to gain credence with the public as this automotive technology evolves. The ability to charge a fuel-efficient EV at home is made simpler and more cost effective for a majority of users thanks to the latest charging stations and charging cable technology. This could be likened to the similar evolution that has taken place in the houses that we buy, as old housing stock is replaced by the very latest in modern building techniques.
Today’s Modern Homes
New builds in the 21st century are increasingly incorporating new methods of insulation that are ecologically sound and make that home more energy efficient. Solar energy for example is much more feasible than it once with any excess power conveniently being stored in batteries. Potentially, those same batteries could be used to charge an electric car, helping to save on the household budget.
Many existing homes can already have a home charging station connected to their electricity supply, either on a driveway or in a garage. It is a job for a professional electrician but once installed are straightforward to use. What’s to say then that such charging points could not be installed directly into a new build property? Why not?
Of course, it’s easy to add things to option lists which always mean an increase in the cost, as many motorists have found when ordering new cars, but the electric car is not some disposable gadget. It makes sense therefore to incorporate useful technology directly into a new home; future proofing, if you like, as part of the building process.
Once we get past this dreadful current emergency, previously considered Government plans may well be resurrected and one of those is to make it a legal requirement for new homes to be constructed with charging points for electric cars built in. With the growth of electric vehicles, it will be the norm for users to charge their vehicles at home utilising smart charging stations that can extract the cheapest available energy at night, thus exploiting the increasing number of EV-friendly tariffs being offered by suppliers.
Modern Smart Home Charging
Right now, buyers can choose to have the right charging station installed to suit their choice of vehicle. In the main, for most mainstream motors, the Type 2 charging cable is suitable. Smart chargers take this further. They are adaptable and can accept a choice of EV cable options, allowing for a change in vehicle brands at any time.
Further, they are capable of communicating with the utility company for the best energy deals. Smart chargers offer the user more control over energy delivery and timings thanks to built-in wifi software. It’s even possible to monitor energy use.
That’s why, for our electrified future, modern energy-efficient homes should incorporate this technology. In the same way that a house can be constructed to be cleaner and greener, so that same ethos is seen in the car industry and surely that’s what we all want. Cheaper running costs and a better environment.