If you're a lucky owner of the Tesla Model S then you'll understand that public charging stations for electric cars are more than useful - they're completely necessary - but no top-up location is quite as practical as the home.
That's why ChargePoint, one of the USA's biggest supplier of juice to electric cars, is bringing a home charging solution to market before the end of summer called ChargePoint Home.
The new kit, which will be distributed by Amazon, will ship in a variety of configurations which range in cost from $499 to $749 (£325 to £490) dependent upon the charging speed and cord length. Customers will be able to purchase a 32 amp version, which adds 25 miles of range per hour of charge, or a 16 amp version, which adds 12 miles of range per hour.
The convenience of topping up at home will, for some, be offset by the relatively slow charging speed. Some new public charge points can bring a vehicle's battery up to 80 percent of capacity in thirty minutes, a level of expedience home charging simply can't match. Not to mention that many of the stations located in car parks and workplaces are entirely free to use.
CharePoint Home tries even the score with the use of smarthome tech. The charging system is Wi-Fi-enabled and users can schedule charges, remotely start their car, and set reminders to make sure they're not using electricity at times of peak demand. The whole system is also compatible with the Nest Labs smarthome ecosystem, which we assume means that all the above functionality can be accessed from the Nest app.
ChargePoint is an American company, and release of ChargePoint Home seems, for the moment, limited to the US. Shipping ChargePoint Home to the United Kindgom is an option but could potentially lead to electrical frustrations.
This all assumes that you're the owner of one of the 25,000 electric vehicles in the UK, where the electric car revolution isn't exactly proceeding as planned with twice as many taxypayer-funded charging points as there are cars. But make no mistake: the electric revolution is on its way. Solutions like Tesla Energy battery and Mercedes' underappreciated alternative will soon start turning customers to greener solutions, and sights like electric-powered double decker buses will become more and more commonplace.