For a plug-in electric vehicle (100% electric, range extended, or hybrid), refuelling will be slightly different to what you are used to, but in many ways, it can be easier and more convenient. If you have a driveway or garage, then home-charging means you can simply plug in your vehicle and leave it overnight so that it’s fully charged the following morning. This uses cheaper off-peak electricity offered by energy companies and reduces your vehicle running costs further.
If you need to charge your plug-in vehicle whilst out and about, there is a growing network of public charge points that you can use. These are found at a wide range of locations such as shopping centres, supermarket car parks, residential roads, high streets and more. The charge points come with a range of charging speeds – ultra rapid, rapid, fast and slow. For a mid-size car, the typical charging speeds are:
- Ultra-rapid (150kW+) – provides an 80% charge in 10 minutes
- Rapid (50kW) – provides an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
- Fast (7 to 22kW) – can fully recharge vehicle in 2-6 hours
- Slow (3kW) – full recharge takes 6-8 hours (e.g. at home overnight)
Most charge point operators allow users to see whether their charge points are operational and available through dedicated apps. This allows drivers to better plan their journeys and see what the best recharging option is at any given time.
If you do not have a driveway or garage, then home charging will not be an option. However, there is a growing range of alternatives. These include:
- On-street charging technologies – these are located near to the driver’s home and provide a similar overnight charging routine to home charging. The most widely deployed technology to date is one that attaches to existing lampposts
- Rapid charging hubs – these are typically located at car parks either in residential areas or city centres where people work. They comprise a number of rapid devices that enable quick recharging. This option is the most similar to conventional petrol or diesel refuelling.
You can also charge your electric vehicle at work if your fleet has a centralised depot. Through the Workplace Charging Scheme, financial support can be sought for the charge point installation. The funding covers 75% of the cost of up to 20 charge points per company (capped at £500 per charge point). You can read more about the support scheme here
will show you where public charging points can be found – you can see this using the link below.