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Charging plan details

Our electric vehicle (EV) home charging plan is the smart way to charge. Depending on the vehicle you have, it could be significantly cheaper to run than an equivalent petrol or diesel version.

For more information on EV running costs, refer to the Queensland Government Department of Transport website.

Benefits

  • Affordable – connect to Tariff 33, which has usage rates cheaper than Tariff 11 effective 1 July 2020.
  • Convenient – charge your EV from the convenience of your home.
  • Track your usage – monitor your usage through our My Account portal.

Home charging plan details

Usage charges

Our EV home charging plan uses economy Tariff 33, which is great for supplying power for appliances or charging outlets that don’t need power 24 hours a day.

On Tariff 33, power is available for a minimum of 18 hours each day. The times when power is switched off may change from day to day and vary in duration. All rates include GST.

Find out more about our economy tariffs.

From 1 July 2020 COST / KWH
All usage  $0.17964
From 1 July 2019 COST / KWH
All usage $0.21195

Meter charges

Meter services charges will apply for any connection to Tariff 33, including additional connections to Tariff 33 with your EV home charging plan.

For example, if you already have Tariff 33 and require an additional Tariff 33 connection for your EV, you'll incur meter charges for both tariff connections. If you already have Tariff 31 and Tariff 33 you'll receive meter charges for all three connections. All rates include GST. Find out more about meter services charges.

From 1 July 2020COST / DAY
Meter services charges$0.03317
From 1 July 2019COST / DAY
Meter services charges$0.03287

Connection requirements

The power supply to your charging unit will need to be connected using a dedicated circuit to a separate register in your meter. Costs for this will depend on your existing home circuits, proximity to your switchboard and other hardware needed to accommodate the charging outlet for your vehicle.

Home charging units need to be installed by a licensed electrical contractor. Your electrician will confirm the installation costs and the metering options available, depending on the space available in your switchboard. Ask your EV sales agent about compatible charging units for your vehicle.

Are you an installer? Check out the connection requirements for electricians.

Ergon Network provides a guide to the potential set up costs of EV charging outlets.

Connect to the EV home charging plan

Getting your charging station on the EV home charging plan is simple:

  1. Ask the licensed electrical contractor installing your charging unit to connect it to the EV home charging plan.
  2. Your electrician will advise Ergon Network that the installation work has been completed and request to complete any work required at your switchboard.
  3. Ergon Network will advise us if a new meter is required to complete your connection
  4. We’ll send you details of the approximate timeframe for when the meter will be replaced (if applicable).
  5. We’ll confirm when your EV home charging plan is active and help you access My Account to track your charging usage.

Stay in touch

Register to receive updates on our latest EV energy plans and invitations to take part in EV product testing.

Frequently asked questions

How far can an EV drive?

The distance an EV can drive before a recharge depends on the model, and can vary from 50km for the Mitsubishi Outlander up to 500km for the Tesla Model S. Learn more about the range of EVs currently available.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?

The rate of charge will depend on the home charging unit and the EV’s on-board charger – between 2.5 and 7 kilowatts (kW) is typical. The trick is not to wait until the battery is depleted and top up charge every few days as necessary.

Find out more about approximate charging times for other EV models.

How does the cost of the EV Home Charging Plan compare to petrol or diesel?

This handy calculator allows you to estimate how much you could save with an EV.

Can I use a standard electrical power point?

No, the Australia/New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) stipulate that the wiring and charge point installed for Mode 2 EV charging must now be at least 20A rated. EV chargers must be connected directly to switchboard via a dedicated circuit. You cannot include any other power point on the circuit used for the EV charging station.

In addition, Ergon Network requires that the circuit must be hardwired to a dedicated EV charger to connect to an economy tariff.

Why does my charging point need to be connected to a separate meter element?

Allocating EV charging to a separate meter element lets you see your EV charging costs as a separate charge on your bill and your energy use for charging via My Account.

How long will it take to get set up with the EV home charging plan?

Once the installation is completed and meter installed (if applicable), we will apply the EV home charging plan.

Can I charge my EV on the home charging plan with power generated from my solar PV system?

No, the EV home charging plan is connected to Tariff 33 while solar PV systems usually offset usage on Tariff 11. Ask your electrician for details of how your own system connections have been configured.

How will I know once I’m on the EV home charging plan?

We will send you a welcome message with details on how to see your usage through for My Account.

How long will the current EV home charging plan rate last?

The EV home charging plan is based on Tariff 33. All our tariffs are reviewed and updated each year by the Queensland Competition Authority.

How can I cancel the EV home charging plan?

If you're considering a change to this or any of your tariffs, please call us on 13 10 46.