Complete Guide: How to Charge an Electric Car at Home

If you haven't bought one yet, you might not know... that most of your EV charging will actually be done at home. Just like plugging in your mobile phone, when you are not using your car you will plug it in and manage it from your app or car display.

As Australia experiences the electric car revolution, there are many questions new electric car owners have about charging their car, here we answer questions about how to charge an electric car at home. Did we miss something? Email us at

What are the main types of electric car charging available, for homes?

Wall plug: this is the same wall socket everything else in your house plugs into and a highly convenient - if not slow - option for you to charge you car. Many will start with this solution - an extension cable into the garage for example, or simply using the adaptor to plug into a wall socket Wall box charger: These are 'faster' home charging solutions and will be set up to provide a faster electricity supply (and therefore a faster charge) to your car. They are also the type you may find at 'destination' charging - eg your hotel when you travel, or the local shopping centre

How long will it take for me to charge my electric car at home

To understand how long it will take to charge an electric car battery, you need to know:

  1. The kWh size of the battery you are charging

  2. Approximately how full it is

  3. The kW supply of the electricity you are plugging into

We cover in detail in this article How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle but for a quick short cut the answer is:

Wall plug: 17-24+ hours Wall box charger: 5-10 hours All depending on the points above.

How do I know if I need to install a wall box charger for home EV charging?

Installing a wall-box charger gives the convenience of a much faster charge - but you may not need this. You should look at the pattern of how you use your vehicle and how long it takes to charge. For example - if you were only doing a 100km round trip each day and you had a 200km capacity battery, it may be fine to plug into a wall plug every night for a slow charge with absolutely no inconvenience to your charging

Can I have EV charging if I live in an apartment building?

Owning an apartment is not a barrier to having personal EV charging when you work with the team at Bright Spark Power. Electric car charging solutions in apartments usually require permission from strata as well as changes to strata by-laws if you're the first one to request it. This is just a simple process of being thorough in your proposal and request to strata. Start by speaking with your building or strata manager to find out if they have an EV charging installation policy in place and go from there. Read more about apartment EV charging.

Can I have personal electric car charging if I don’t have off-street parking?

This is a tough one, as normally it is not allowable to have an electric cable crossing a public footpath. In many instances, if you do not have a private car space or driveway to install a car charger, public car charging will be the main method of car charging.

Can I use my home solar system to charge my electric vehicle?

Absolutely! Using excess solar to charge your car is the BEST use of excess solar we can think of. Effectively you will charge your car for free. Look for a wall box charger that can specifically use a smart set up to make sure your car is charging from excess solar energy - or read more about how to charge your car from your home solar set up.

Do I need to upgrade my home power supply for home EV charging?

EV chargers are compatible with your home electricity supply and you can set an appropriate EV charger for your home to match your current electrical set-up. Your EV charger will get a dedicated circuit from your electricity switchboard. It doesn't matter if you currently have three phase or single phase power, either will allow you a faster charge than your regular power point charge. A skilled electrician will asses how many circuits are in use in your home and make a recommendation as to how much power your new EV circuit should use.

How do you install an electric car charger in your own car space or driveway?

Your dedicated EV charger requires a dedicated EV circuit in your electricity switchboard - therefore you need a qualified electrician to install it for you. Look for an electrician skilled in electric vehicles or start your search with the Bright Spark Power team who service all of NSW.

Bright Spark Power are installing EV Chargers all over New South Wales. Contact Bright Spark Power and get a customised quotation for EV charger installation at your property.


Call or email Bright Spark Power to start a conversation about electric vehicle charging at home or work. No matter where you are in your journey to owning an electric vehicle, we can help you navigate what is possible for your personal EV-charging. Call 1300 010 277 weekdays or email anytime.