More than 90% of charging is carried out at home, through the night, as it is often the most practical option.
There are grants available for home chargers and 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. It’s easiest to have an electric car charge-point fitted at your home, but all electric cars can be plugged in with a regular 3-pin socket.
Once you have your electric car or van you can further reduce your motoring costs 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!
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. There are over 12,000 public charging points in the UK*.
A searchable map of the UK’s ever-growing network of public charging points can be found at www.zap-map.com
To make use of the various charge-points available 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.
*Mar 2019 (Zap-Map)
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 charging electric vehicles at work‘.
(up to 3kW)
Standard charge is available in all UK homes with a home charging unit and via a 3 pin plug charging cable to a domestic socket. It will take approximately ten to twelve hours to charge the average pure electric car.
(up to 7-22kW)
7kW domestic chargepoints are widely available for use with 32A circuits. Higher power (22kW) fast charging will normally occur at dedicated public charge bays rather than at home. This will fully charge an average pure electric car in three to four hours.
(up to 43kW AC, up to 50kW DC)
Rapid charge will only occur at dedicated charge bays. This will charge the average pure electric car to 80% charge in around 30 minutes. Cars are usually configured for either AC or DC rapid charging, but not both. Many rapid chargers offer both AC and DC rapid charging options.
…Ron thinks electric cars are a hassle to charge on the go. Can John change his mind?