- At home in a private garage/driveway or at a designated parking spot / shared parking facility (common for apartments).
- At work at your office building’s parking facility, either reserved or (semi)public.
- In public along streets, on the highway and at any public parking facility you can think of – e.g. shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc. Whether you have access to all public charging stations depends on whether your charge card is interoperable. If “interoperability” is activated, you’re empowered to charge at various charging station providers.
- 13 Amp Socket 6-8 Hours
- Fast Charging station up to 22kw output 1-4 hours
- Rapid Charging station 50kw output 20-30mins
Charging times vary depending on the current level of battery charge, the battery capacity, the charging station’s capacity and settings, as well as the capacity of your charge points energy source (e.g. home or an office building).
Plug-in hybrids require 1-4 hours to be fully charged, while full-electric vehicles require 4-8 hours (from 0 to 100%). On average, cars are parked at home for up to 14 hours a day, and at work for around 8 hours a day. With a charging station at your disposal, all this time can be used to top up your vehicle EV to 100%.
Regular electricity outlet (13 Amp Socket outlet): Be warned if you’re charging your electric vehicles from a regular electric outlet. Charging at home would require a specific charging cable that prevents power outage and overheating. In addition, you will also need to make sure the outlet is nearby your car, as you may never use an extension cable to charge your car. Yet even with these precautions taken, charging from a regular outlet is highly discouraged, as most residential buildings aren’t wired to carry high electrical draw. Electric cars charging times will depend on which country you are in. For an EV with a range of 160 km, you can expect an EV charging time of around 6-8 hours in the UK.
Fast EV charge stations (up to 22kw output): This is the most recommended method of car charging, as it makes safe and efficient use of your car’s and energy sources (e.g. home or office building) capacity. With a charging station at your disposal, you’re always guaranteed a fully charged car with maximum range, every time you hit the road. Charge points can charge up to 8 times faster than a regular outlet. This means that any EV charge will be charged 100% in just 1-4 hours. See Vehicle Battery/Charging capacities section
Rapid charging station (50KW): Fast EV charging stations pop up most often outside cities and along highways. Despite being fast (it charges in 20-30 minutes), an average fast charger brings an EV charge only up to 80% at a single charging session. Due to the costly equipment and hardware of fast charging stations, these chargers are usually only purchased and built per request by local governments.
In the UK, the average cost of EV charging is around 25p per kWh. Let’s say your electric car i.e Nissan Leaf has an empty battery 30 kWh battery capacity. EV charging would amount to a total of 30kwh x 0.25p = £7.50 .
Since every charging station provider might maintain different EV charging fees, we would advise you to visit your charging provider’s website for more details.
- Fob/RFID Closed loop or Chargepoint network account
- Chargepoint network operator app
- Pay and Go (Debit/Credit card, E-wallet) Through an app (Charging network operator) with AC Fast charging
Yes but just like regular electricity outlets, EV charging stations may have different outlets and connectors.
Luckily, to make things less complicated, car manufacturers and most countries have now reduced the options to just 2 types of outlets and connectors. From the car’s side, a Type 1 socket is common for Japanese and American vehicles, but these were also used in the first cars released in the UK market, and a Type 2 socket is common for European vehicles and the new standard which all new models have. Note: all Tesla models have a specific type of socket in the US, whereas in Europe, all Tesla models are equipped with a Type 2 socket. From the EV charging station’s side, all chargers in both Europe and the US are equipped with a Type 2 socket. Charge points with a fixed cable is an exception; in this case, you would always have to check if the attached cable fits into your car’s socket.
- AC Fast Charging (upto 22kw)
- Type 1 (Old standard) Some older models i.e first Nissan leaf’s and Renault Zoe’s have Type 1 connections but these drivers will now use a Type 1 to Type 2 adaptor/lead
- Type 2 (New standard)
- DC Rapid Charging (50kw upwards)
Yes, there is currently a Government grant (OZEV) of £350 towards a Home charging point and a £350 per socket up to a maximum of 20 sockets per business towards work place charge points.
We will handle all the OZEV grant claims for the customer as long as the required documentation provided to them by us is filled in and returned correctly.
Yes as long as the vehicle is assigned to the person claiming the OZEV grant for a minimum of 6 months.
Max 7.4kw output
7.4kw upto 22kw AC fast chargers
How it works
There are 3 main types of EV charge points – Rapid, fast and slow. These represent the power outputs, and therefore charging speeds available to charge an electric vehicle. Note that power is measured in Kilowatts (KW).
Rapid electric car chargers: these are the fastest EV chargers, and predominantly cover DC charging. This can be split into two categories: ultra-rapid and rapid. Ultra-rapid points can charge at 100+ KW often 150 KW and up to 350 KW and are only DC. Conventional rapid points make up the majority of the UK’s rapid charging infrastructure and charge at 50KW DC with 43 KW AC rapid charging also often available.
Fast EV car chargers: these include those which provide power from 7 KW to 22KW, which typically fully charge an electric vehicle EV in 3-4 hours. The most common public EV charging point in the UK is a 7KW untethered type 2 inlet, though tethered connectors are available to both Type 1 and Type 2.
- Amp Socket 6-8 Hours
- Fast Charging station upto 22kw output 1-4 hours
- Rapid Charging station 50kw output 20-30mins
Electric driving costs
- Per mile: £0.06
- Per month: £39.10 (based on 650 miles)
- Per year: £468.60 (based on 7,800 miles)
Slow car chargers:
(up to 3KW) these are best used for overnight charging and usually take between 6 – 12 hours for a pure-EV, or 2-4 hours for a PHEV. EV’s charge on slow devices using a cable that connects the vehicle to a 3-pin or Type 2 socket.
Charging times vary depending on the current level of battery charge, the battery capacity, the charging station’s capacity and settings, as well as the capacity of your charging station energy source (e.g. home or an office building).
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