From different connectors, places to re-charge and variable rates charging electric cars seem complicated. Below we help you untangle the complexity of EV charging with our step by step guide explaining the key aspects of charging up.
One of the biggest questions when it comes to electric car ownership is how long will it take for an electric car to charge? There is no set answer, as it varies between different models, charging networks and charging types. There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast and slow. These represent the power output and charging speeds in kilowatts available.
You may wonder why manufacturers quote a charging time of 80% rather than 100%. This is because not fully charging your car extends the life of your battery.
Charging at home is advisable and the most simple, convenient and cost-effective way to charge. You can get a home charger installed, with EV owners receiving a £500 government grant contributing to the cost and significantly reducing it. It is advisable to get a wall box fitted by a trained electrician, it is safer and quicker than using a domestic plug socket. It is important to note, that most home-based chargers require off-street parking to avoid trailing cables across footpaths.
There are more than 13,000 electric car charging stations throughout the UK, where you can top up your battery and this number is always increasing. Charging at a public electric car station should only cost you a few pounds in electricity rather than £20 or more on petrol or diesel. As of this year, it is a legal requirement for all large petrol stations to install charging points throughout the UK. Costs vary, some hotels and shopping centres give power away for free and others cost about £1.50 per hour, with rapid chargers more expensive.
If you are looking for a small city car such as the Renault Zoe you'll get a full charge in even as little as 6 hours with a 7kW charge. The Renault Zoe is also one of the best electric small electric cars on the market.