Charging Your Electric Car

Simply plug in and charge at home, at work or at a convenient location while you’re out and about

Charging at Home

It is important to have a suitable charger and ideally off street parking / garage.

There are many grants available for home chargers so this need not be expensive. Some vehicles come with free charger installation. Our friendly team of experts are happy to advise you on the charging options available with your chosen vehicle.

You can further reduce the running costs of your EV by setting up a suitable low-rate overnight tariff with your electricity provider. Electric Cars and Vans can often be set up to only charge at certain times so that you can take advantage of off-peak rates. However do be careful if you have to charge in the day outside your normal pattern – we have had instances of cars not charging because a timer wasn’t turned off!

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Charging at Work

Employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace car parks, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked.

The ability to charge at work can potentially double an EV driver’s all-electric daily commuting range.

For more information take a look at our Guide to Workplace Charging.

Charging out and about

More and more public charge-points are adding to the UK’s network all the time, making it possible to charge not only at petrol stations, but also supermarkets, leisure centres and car parks.

To make use of the various charge-points available however, it is important that you know what types of charge-point your vehicle can use, as electric car charging can be carried out in a few different ways, dependent on the type of vehicle and cable connectors.

Read our advice sheet on ‘Knowing Your Connectors’ and take a look at our tips on ‘EV Charge Point Etiquette’

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More than 90% of EV charging is carried out at home, through the night, as it is often the most practical option.

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