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Owning an electric vehicle

Get set up for success with home charging, energy efficiency and solar tips

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Optimise your drive with home or solar charging

Installing a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) home charger is the most convenient way to charge an electric car. 

Battery energy efficiency

Many EV batteries (like NMC) recommend only charging to 80%, unless you're about to go on a long road trip. Others, like LFP batteries, prefer to be 100% charged. Check your EV owners manual for best practice.

Reduce charging costs

Take advantage of off-peak periods when electricity or solar power costs less. Check your home electricity bill to see if you have off-peak pricing periods, or contact your energy retailer.

3x faster with a home charger

Charging at home? Charge up to three times faster than a standard power outlet when you install a home EV charger.^(Average for a 7kW home EV charger).

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Frequently asked questions

Your at-home EV charging costs will depend on what type of energy plan you have, electricity rates, how much and how frequently you charge, and if you have rooftop solar.

If you have an energy plan, you can check your bill to confirm if you’re on an off-peak or time-of-use energy plan. Charging during off-peak times or when tariffs are low will reduce your charging costs.

If you have rooftop solar, it’s best to charge during the day (when energy is being generated) and consider installing a home EV charger with solar optimisation features to reduce your costs even further.

To maximise your EV’s battery life, keep it charged above 20% and below 80% (if you can help it) – this is when your battery will perform best.

Just like with other batteries, EV batteries degrade faster when they are frequently fully charged or completely drained.

There are two different ways to charge your EV at home:

  1. Charging from a regular wall socket.
  2. Charging from a dedicated home EV charger.

Using a regular powerpoint to charge can take up to 18 hours if charging from empty to a full battery (varies by size).

Installing a dedicated home EV charger allows you to charge your car up to 3x faster than using a standard power outlet. Find out more about our home EV chargers.

Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids have much lower running costs than petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. Once the inital cost of buying a vehicle is removed, you’ll save money that otherwise would be spent on petrol and servicing costs. EVs have far fewer moving parts, so they require less maintenance and don’t require regular fluid changes.

To find out how much you might save by owing an EV or hybrid, check out this EV cost calculator tool.

^Speed estimates are based on figures provided by JETCharge. Actual charging speeds may vary based on factors such as your vehicle, household electricity supply, and installation requirements. Charging from a standard 240V general power outlet will add around 10km of range per hour of charge. When using a dedicated EV home charging station, the charging time will depend on your vehicle's on-board charger. If your vehicle can accept charging speeds of 7 kW or more, our charging stations can deliver approximately 30 km of range per hour of charge - making it up to three times faster.

The information provided is general advice only. Before making any decisions please consider your own circumstances and the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determinations. For copies, visit As distributor, RACV Insurance Services Pty Ltd AFS Licence No. 230039 receives commission for each policy sold or renewed. Product(s) issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678.