Can I use my home electric car charger when it’s raining?

Being based in the North West of England, we experience a LOT of rain throughout the year.  This means that when we are talking to our customers we are often asked “is it safe to charge my EV when it’s raining?”.  This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask, considering that we are all taught that electricity and water do not go together!



All home EV chargers and cables are required to meet stringent electrical safety standards.  The requirement to be able to withstand all weather conditions, including rain, is crucial to a product being allowed to be sold in the UK.


Some customers are worried about the risk of electrocution whilst charging their EV in the rain. Home electric charging points are designed so that the electrical current doesn’t begin transmitting until your EV is completely plugged in.  This means that it is perfectly safe to charge your electric vehicle even when it is raining.


Keeping rain/water out of your home electric charging point


All of our home charge points have an Ingress Protection (IP) rating which tells the customer how effective the chargepoint is at keeping out water and dust particles whilst you charge.  To give you an idea, the average Type 2 charger has an IP of 44. All of our home electric car chargers have a minimum IP of 54.


In addition all of our installers are fully qualified electricians, trained to carry out the installation of your home EV charger to the very highest safety standards.


With all of this in mind, you can rest assured that you can safely charge your electric vehicle in any weather, inside your garage or outside on your parking area.



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Alison Whitfield

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20 June 2024
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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

Not sure if you are eligible?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

Not standard installation?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.