Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

13 Posted: 13th Jan 2023
Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway
  • How To Charge An Electric Car With No Driveway

    With greener road travel now a huge priority, more and more people are opting for electric vehicles (EVs) as their main form of transport. EVs release 0 tailpipe emissions, are much kinder on the environment and are cost-effective to run.

    But they do need to be charged regularly. This is all well and good for people with a driveway and a home charging wallbox. Simply plug-in overnight and you’ll be ready to rock the next day.

    But what about the millions of people without a convenient charging space such as those living in terraced houses opening out onto a road or those in flats without dedicated off-street parking?

    Charging becomes slightly trickier in these instances. However, it’s still completely possible so read on to learn about electric car charging at home with no driveway.



  • So, How Do You Charge An EV With No Driveway?

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    Charging your electric vehicle without a driveway is easier than you might think. You just need to know your options and be systematic in when and where you charge your vehicle.

    With a little bit of local knowledge and some research, you can enjoy all the benefits of an electric vehicle without an excessive amount of hassle. Here are some of the charging solutions available to you.


  • On-Street Charging

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    The government is on a mission to create one of the best EV infrastructure networks in the world. This means you might have access to on-street parking that you never knew existed until you started your electric vehicle exploration.

    Believe it or not, on-street charging points are being installed into lamp posts and bollards. There are also numerous free-standing pillar units as well as telescopic charging points that retract into the pavement to ensure they don’t pose a hazard to the general public.

    Sure, the on-street charging network is not as big as it will be in a few years; the installation process is still very much in progress. But it’s worth finding out where your nearest on-street charging points are and whether they’re useful or not.

    If you’re considering buying an electric car but don’t have a driveway, you could also contact your local authority to find out if they’ve any plans to install on-street parking in the near future.

    Local authorities are, after all, being encouraged to support the switch to electric motoring and are invited to submit applications to the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). More on this later.


  • Charging at Work

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    Many EV owners may also find they can easily charge their vehicle at work. This means you can plug in when you arrive and have a fully charged car when you leave.

    Workplace charging will offer roughly the same power as home charging - around 3kW. So expect it to take around eight hours to charge your vehicle completely (a full working day for most).

    Of course, very few cars get close to 0% battery, so you’ll probably be looking at much shorter charging times. If the type of charger doesn’t suit your vehicle, you might be able to bring your own cable.

    It’s also worth keeping in mind any limits your workplace may have. Some will offer completely free charging whilst you may have to pay a flat fee at others, and some may even have time limits everyone has a change to use them.


  • Public Chargers

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    The public charging network is growing rapidly making it easy to charge your EV on the go, even if you don’t have your own charging point at home.

    According to recent data (via Zap-Map), there were 372,361 electric charging points across the UK, across 22,049 charging locations as of the end of December 2022.

    This represents a 31% increase in the total number of charging devices since December 2021. New EV charging devices are constantly and consistently being added to the Zap-Map database.

    Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of electric car charging points that allows drivers to navigate to their closest charging point and is a great tool for charging while out.

    The price of charging your EV publicly can differ depending on the power outlet. Rapid chargers are more expensive, but get the job done quicker - so it all depends on your timescale and budget.

    If you charge your car on-the-go often, looking into a subscription model might be your best option. A monthly or annual fee will provide you with charging access that could work out cheaper in the long run. This is particularly true if the network provides unlimited charging.



  • Electric Car Charging with a Terraced House

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    Living in a terraced house doesn’t have to pose a problem for EV drivers, but there are some things to think about. Below are a few things to consider.


  • Running a Cable Across the Street

    If you live in a terraced house and want to charge your car on the street outside, you can run a cable from a socket inside your house to your vehicle.

    Of course, this isn’t the most practical option if you live in a busy area and the cable crosses a footpath. After all, the cable might pose a hazard to passers-by and would probably need some level of supervision during charging times. You also run the risk of the charging process being tampered with by strangers.

    There are no laws under the Highway Act to prevent you from charging your car in this way, but local councils can remove cables that they think are dangerous.

    Check your local authority’s website for EV charging advice. Some councils advise against running cables across streets altogether. It’s also worth noting that if someone gets injured by your cable, then this would be your legal responsibility.

    Running a cable outside should be carefully considered as it might work better in some streets than in others.



  • Alternative Charging Methods

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    There’s a solution for every problem. And people have already found clever ways to link up EV drivers with those who have wall boxes. Let’s delve further.


  • Community Charging

    Community charging, like the Co Charger App, makes it easy for people with an electric vehicle to find ‘Hosts’ - those who have an electric charging point.

    These apps handle communication, booking and payments making it simple to charge EVs on other people’s driveways. As there are more home chargers than there are on the public network, this is definitely a great solution for the electric vehicle movement.



  • Grants to Make Charging More Accessible

    Electric Car Charging at Home With No Driveway

    As briefly mentioned already, there are numerous grants and schemes that are designed to make EV charging more accessible for all.


  • OZEV EV Chargepoint Grant

    Provided by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), the EV Chargepoint Grant provides up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charge point.

    You can claim one charge point per eligible vehicle and household and the grant is available to those who live in a rented property or own a flat with dedicated off-street parking. 

    This used to be known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. 


  • Workplace Charging Scheme

    The OZEV also provides the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). This grant helps reduce the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points for businesses, charities and public authorities,. The WCS is capped at £350 per charge point socket, up to a maximum 40 sockets per business.


  • On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

    With on-street charging in demand, the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme provides grant funding for local authorities to ensure regular chargepoints are installed.

    This is designed to improve charging access for those who do not have dedicated off-street parking. This isn’t open to the public. Instead, your local council has to apply for it and create case as to why it’s needed.



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