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Intro to Charging

Charging your EV is simple and convenient and there are multiple ways you can do it! We’ve made this guide to introduce you to EV charging.

Home Charging

By far the most convenient and cheapest way to charge your EV is at home. Over 80% of EV owners charge this way and wake up every day with a full battery.

How long does it take to charge at home?

A dedicated home charge point allows you to charge your car fully typically in under 10 hours so once you get home and plug in, the car will be full by morning.

Charging Quick Tip

Even though you can charge using a regular domestic 3-pin socket (3 kW AC) it will take a long time. The safest and quickest way to charge at home is to have a 7kW ‘Fast’ charger installed. The UK government even offers a £350 grant towards the installation costs and we can help.

How much does it cost to charge at home?

Here’s some simple maths to work out how much it costs to charge an electric car from empty to full: Size of Battery x Electricity Cost

Battery

Size of Battery

Electricity

Electricity cost of your supplier

(pence per kilowatt hour)

Energy Tariffs

A way to make this even cheaper is to choose an energy provider that provides a Time of Use or variable off-peak tariff, people are saving hundreds of pounds per year doing so. Go to our Home Charging Guide for more information

How do I get a home charge point installed?

In order to get a home charge point installed and to take advantage of the £350 OZEV grant (Office of Zero Emission Vehicles) you will need to have dedicated off road parking and prove that you have an EV or one on order. A short survey will be done on your property (this can usually be done remotely) and you will receive a quote for the works and given an install date.

Workplace Charging

Employers often offer free charging to employees and with Government grants up to £14,000 to install work place charging there’s never been a better time to help your employees go electric.

What grants are available?

The Workplace Charging Scheme allows businesses to claim 75% of the total cost of installation, up to a maximum of £350 per socket installed, up to a maximum of 40 sockets.

Your charging needs will differ depending on your business. Our experts can guide your next steps & get you the best in charging hardware and software. If you would like to know more click our Workplace Charging Business Guide here.

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Public Charging Network

With over 37,000 public charging connectors there’s plenty of places where you can charge on the road. Many of these charging points are ‘rapid chargers’ some even offering 350kW of power allowing you to charge your entire battery in less than 20 minutes!

Check out our Electric Car Charging Point Finder

Find your nearest Electric Car Charging Stations using our interactive EV Charge Point Map for the UK.


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The main public charging networks

InstaVolt
Shell
Tesla
BP Pulse
Ecotricity
Pod Point
Ubitricity
Osprey

Charging Speeds

Here is a simple guide to the different charging speeds and the cables used for each.

Rapid Charging (24kW to 350 kW)

Rapid charging is the fastest way to charge an EV. These chargers are most often found at motorway services, fast food outlets or close to main routes. Rapid chargers are high power devices, these chargers if DC will charge the battery directly rather than going via the on-board charger. EVs can be recharged to 80% in as little as 20 minutes using this method.

CHAdeMO

Combo (CCS)

Type 2

Fast Charging (7kW to 22 kW)

Most often used at home, work or in public locations, fast chargers are a convenient way to top up as well as charge your vehicle overnight. A home charge point is most commonly a 7kW charger although if you have the power available you can install a 22kW home charge point.

A 7 kW charger will charge an EV with a 40 kWh battery in 4-6 hours, and a 22 kW charger in 1-2 hours.

Type 1

(7 kW AC)

Type 2

(7 - 22 kW AC)

Commando

(7 - 22 kW AC)

Slow Charging (3kw to 6kW)

Slow chargers have the lowest electricity power output and the majority have a maximum of 3.6 kW available. This is the same as you get from a normal three-pin domestic plug. It can typically take between 10-12 hours to charge a pure electric car depending on the size of your battery. Slow charging is useful for overnight and is often used while people are awaiting their home charge point install or visiting friends or family.

3 Pin

(3 kW AC)

Type 1

(3 - 6 kW AC)

Type 2

(3 - 6 kW AC)

Commando

(3 - 6 kW AC)

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