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11 January 2022

The most affordable places to buy for electric car owners

Sam Edwards
Writer

Whether you’re a fan of electric cars or not, their future as the primary mode of transport in the UK, is set in stone. Under current Government plans, all new cars will be electric from 2030 onwards, as petrol and diesel models are phased out.

With electric vehicles set to become the new norm, many drivers are taking the plunge and switching out their diesel models for electric. As you’d expect, these models must be charged in order to run effectively.

There are over 28,000 charging stations distributed throughout the UK. However, their distribution is not even, with some areas containing a greater concentration of charging points than others. As house prices vary dramatically across the UK, many homeowners sacrifice their electric dreams for affordable housing. That’s why we at GetAgent took matters into our own hands, and worked out the most affordable homebuyer hotspots for electric cars.

Where in the UK has the most electric car charging points?

According to Comparethemarket.com, the areas with the highest number of electric car charging points are as follows:

  1. Milton Keynes, with a total of 258 public charging devices
  2. Coventry, with a total of 156 public charging devices
  3. Cornwall, with a total of 153 public charging devices

How many EV charging stations are there in the UK?

According to Zap-Map, a trusted EV charging platform, there are 28,715 EV charging stations in the UK as of 7th January 2022. Since 2015, the number of public charging stations has grown, on average, by 9% quarterly.

The most affordable areas to buy a house for electric car owners

There are 20 areas in the UK that are home to more than 20 charging stations per 100 electric vehicles, with the average cost of a home coming in at £370,885. While this figure is 40% higher than the average UK house price, the good news is that 14 of these charging hotspots are home to below-average property prices. The top three are as follows:

  1. Blaenau Gwent

The county borough in south-east Wales is home to 22 public charging points per 100 electric vehicles. The average house price in the area is £112,343, making this a great spot for affordable housing and green living.

  1. Western Isles

With over 35.4 public charging points per 100 electric vehicles, the Western Isles of Scotland have a higher number of EV points than Blaenau Gwent, but its average house price of £129,365 deserves second-place.

  1. Sunderland

As the third most affordable area for electric car owners, Sunderland offers 22.2 charging points per 100 electric vehicles, while the average house price is £132,345.

UK’s most affordable areas with EV charging stations

These are the UK’s most affordable places to buy a property with easy access to EV charging stations:

LocationCharging devices (per 100 electric vehicles)Average house price
Blaenau Gwent22.0£112.343
Western Isles35.4£129,365
Sunderland22.2£132,345
Fermanagh and Omagh21.3£139,626
Dumfries and Galloway21.3£148,546
Argyll and Bute23.2£158,460
Lincoln26.4£169,115
Boston22.6£173,304
Highland22.8£184,214
Gwynedd23.9£193,961
Coventry38.3£204,170
Isle of Anglesey24.4£211,175
Eden20.7£220,735
Pembrokeshire25.2£222,428

UK regions with the most EV charging stations

RegionCharging devices (per 100 electric vehicles)Average house price
London13.0£525,893
North East11.5£149,042
Wales9.4£194,575
Scotland8.0£180,832
East Midlands5.3£221,693
Northern Ireland5.1£153,449
West Midlands Region4.6£228,593
Yorkshire and The Humber3.4£185,968
South East2.9£358,070
East of England2.8£324,510
North West2.7£194,821
South West2.6£288,658
United Kingdom4.8£264,244

Does an electric car charging point add value to your home?

home ev charging point

Yes, an electric car charging point is likely to add value to your property. According to a study released by Rivervale Leasing in July 2021, an analysis of 1000 homes found that 76% of homes (with an EV charger installed) showed an increase in value.

The findings correlate with predictions that the premium on EV charging point driveways is likely to increase, especially as the government moves to phase out petrol and diesel cars in 2030. What’s more, the current demographics of electric car owners indicate drivers with greater wealth at their disposal. As such, you can expect an EV-adapted home to appeal to wealthy buyers and therefore, sell for more.

How much does it cost to install an electric car charger?

On average, it costs £800 to install an electric car charger, but with the help of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, you could pay a substantial amount less.

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: Everything you need to know

In order to meet their goals of carbon net neutrality, the UK Government is encouraging car owners to go electric. As such, their Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme subsidises some of the costs of installing an EV charging station. The grant may fund up to 75% towards the cost of installing an EV charge point in your home.

  • The grant is capped at £350 (including VAT) per installation.
  • To be eligible, the person must own a qualifying vehicle and have dedicated off-street parking.
  • If you live in Scotland, you can get an additional £300 grant, depending on where in the country you reside.
  • If you own two qualifying vehicles, you may apply for two charge points at the same property.

How does it work?

To get money off your EV home charger, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Choose an EV charge point installer to fit your charging station. You can ask the installer to double-check whether your household qualifies for the grant.
  2. Make sure the installer is authorised by the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles. Your vehicle must also be listed as eligible on the Gov.UK website.
  3. When the installation is complete, the electrician will then bill you for the price of installation with the grant applied.

How do you use a public electric car charger?

how to use a public ev charging point

If you’re an electric car owner, you might have some trepidation about using the public charging points dotted around the country. Luckily, the process is straightforward enough - just don’t forget to take your own separate charging cable with you, as the public station might not have one.

  1. First, locate the charging station using Zap-Map and park up alongside it.
  2. Access your charging point, which should be located on the front of your vehicle, or on the side.
  3. Plug your car into the charging station using the cable provided (or your own if none are available).
  4. Unless you belong to a membership scheme, most stations require either up-front card payments or payments through a company app.

Summary from GetAgent CEO Colby Short

“Our cars and our homes go hand in hand as they’re often the two most expensive assets we own and the two we’re most proud of.

We know how a driveway or garage space can add real value to a home but with more of us opting for electric vehicles to help reduce our impact on the environment, the ability to charge them is fast becoming a very sought after amenity amongst homebuyers.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many locations that offer an abundance of charging stations and even fewer still that also offer an affordable foot on the ladder.

As with any emerging technology, it should only be a matter of time before this tide starts to turn and we gain greater access to charging stations to help meet the growing demand for greener transport.”

FAQs

Can I charge my car through a regular plug socket?

Yes, you can charge your car from a regular 3-pin plug socket, but it’s not the most efficient way to charge your vehicle. Fitting a charging point wallbox can reduce your vehicle’s charging time by 30-60%.

Remember, if you are thinking of using a regular plug socket, never use a multi-socket extension lead. They increase the risk of electrical fire and shock.

How long does it take to install an EV charger?

Pod Point, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of EV chargers, assert that their standard installations take a minimum of 2 hours.

Can I install an EV charger myself?

No, a qualified electrician must install your EV charger - this is especially important if you want to benefit from the Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

Is my home suitable for an EV charger?

To be eligible for an EV charger, your property must:

  1. Be located in mainland Great Britain.
  2. Have dedicated off-street parking.
  3. Have a Wi-Fi connection, or a SIM router with a 3G or 4G SIM (for PodPoint home chargers).

Remember, if you’re renting, you must obtain permission from your landlord.

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