Still unsure whether to make the switch to an eco-friendly car? Throughout this page we cover the benefits of driving an all-electric vehicle, provide information on electric charging points and answer some FAQs.
Electric Car Charging Points
Recently there has been a significant increase in the number of charging stations located around the UK, with over 17,500 chargers located in over 6,000 location; charging your vehicle whilst out and about has never been so simple.
Many public EV charge points are free to use, however, the majority of fast and rapid chargers do require payment. There are websites and apps that can assist you with locating an electric car charging station such as Zap-Map of Pod-Point.
Alternatively, EV charge points can be installed at your home but often require you to have off-street parking due to ease and safety. Charging your vehicle at home is the most convenient and cost-effective method and Government grants are available to support with the installation of home EV charge points.
The time it takes to fully-charge an electric vehicle varies depending on the vehicle's battery size and the speed of the charging point. There are three main types of EV chargers, each representing different power outputs and therefore charging speeds.
Electric Car FAQsElectric and hybrid cars are still relatively new in the market and therefore it is normal to have many questions when considering to make the switch from a conventional car with an internal combustion engine (ICE). We have covered some of the most frequently asked questions below to make the switch easier for you.
How far can electric vehicles go?Advances in technology have resulted in electric vehicles that are more capable of driving longer distances with an increased range but the true range is dependant upon the vehicle. Furthermore, public charging stations are becoming increasingly common meaning you can give your car a boost in charge whilst doing your weekly food shopping or stopping at a service station for a coffee, abolishing the concern of running out of charge on a long journey.
Where can I find a public charging point?Finding your local electric car charging station is simple as websites and apps such as Zap-Map or Pod-Point exist to show you all the locations of charging points within a certain distance of your postcode. Heading out on a long distance journey? Fear not, you can plan your trip and locate charging points in advance so you don't need to panic about running out of battery charge to power your vehicle. Charging points are frequently appearing at supermarkets, service stations and workplaces; making charging your vehicle a much easier process.
How do charging points work?Electric cars currently utilise multiple standards of connection which can prove difficult to understand, however, you will be pleased to know it is nearly impossible to use the wrong connection. Using the wrong connection doesn't compare to accidentally filling your diesel car up with petrol, worst-case-scenario would be that the duration of charging is longer than if you had used the correct connection.
What is the cost of charging an electric vehicle?The most convenient and cost-effective method of charging an electric vehicle is with a home charger. In 2019 the average domestic electricity rate is just over 14p per kWh, so if the car has a 60 kWh battery it would cost around £8.40 to charge from completely empty to full. Furthermore, if you're fortunate and have an Economy 7 meter installed in your home you can expect the cost to be even less if you charge your vehicle overnight, when the cost of electricity is lower.
However, if you do need to charge your vehicle at a public charging station you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that many EV charge points are free to use but these do tend to be the slow chargers. If you require speedier charging with a fast or rapid charger, these often require payment. The rates of charging are often displayed as £ per kWh or £ per hour. Some charging points require a subscription account whereas others can be paid per single use.