Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

If you’re thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and you’re a little uncertain about your charging options, don’t worry, we’re here to help.

In terms of where to charge, you have three options…


Public Chargers

In the UK, there are 60,000-plus electric car chargers available for public use, situated across more than 21,000 locations.

Roughly 57 percent of these are fast-charging (22kW) connectors; 24 percent are slow chargers; and the remaining 19 percent consist of rapid (50kW) and ultra (100kW) connectors.

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At home

It’s likely that most of your EV or PHEV charging will take place at home since this is where approximately 80 percent of electric and hybrid owners charge their car’s battery.

At home, there are two charging solutions:

  • A three-pin (3kW) power source, which is the slowest of all charging methods
  • A dedicated wallbox (7kW), which is also a slow charge option, but faster than a three-pin socket

At work

This will very much depend on your employer. 

At the very least, you should be able to charge your car using your workplace’s power supply. 

However, many companies also provide the use of fast-charging (22kW) connectors.

How long does charging take? Charging times will depend on the vehicle you drive, the size of its battery and the type of charger you use. Taking the MG5 EV Long Range as an example, let’s look at how long it takes with the three main charging options. You will need one type of charging point.
Slow Charge - 9.5 Hours When using a domestic three-pin plug (3kW), charging takes up to 23 hours. With a wallbox (7kW), charging from 0-100% takes 9.5 hours.
Rapid Charge – 61 minutes When using a rapid-charging public connector with an output of 50kW, a charge from 10-80% takes 61 minutes. Rapid (50kW) and ultra (100kW) chargers should only ever be used to replenish the battery to 80%.
Short Trips If you’re not quite ready to commit to an EV, a PHEV is a great option, not least because it offers enough all-electric range to cover short journeys. For instance, the KIA Sorento plug-in hybrid is able to travel up to 35 miles on electric power only.
Long Trips Electric vehicles are perfectly able to manage long journeys, as are PHEVs, of course – but what about EVs? Well, the all-electric Nissan Ariya, for example, offers a maximum 329-mile range. In any case, with the sheer number of EV charging stations dotted around the UK, you’ll never be far from your next electric top-up.

Electric benefits

EVs are cheaper to run than regular cars (including PHEVs), simply because it’s cheaper to charge a battery with electricity than it is to top up a fuel tank with petrol or diesel. An EV produces zero CO2 andNOx emissions – this means it’s completely carbon neutral and, therefore, the most eco-friendly form of motor car. Among other things, EV (and even PHEV) owners are liable to lower Vehicle Excise Duty taxation (VED) rates due to zero/low emissions.

Cost of maintenance EVs are more affordable to maintain than regular vehicles because an all-electric drivetrain features fewer working parts than that of a combustion engine.
Government’s Electric Schemes Numerous money-saving schemes are available for electric vehicle users, including an EV charge point grant. For full details, please find out more here.
Cost of daily use Those with an Economy 7 plan can enjoy more cost-effective rates when charging overnight. At home, charging the Nissan LEAF, for example, costs around 2p per mile, with a full charge costing between £4.80 and £7.44. In comparison, the average cost for filling up a petrol car, such as the Nissan Pulsar, is 16p per mile – which would cost up to £59.52 for the same mileage.
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