Charging an Electric Vehicle
In the UK, there are currently over 15,000 EV public charging points available and this number continues to rise as more are being installed. Apps such as Zap Map can be downloaded and used to find EV charging stations near you.
Methods of Charging
We’ve created a useful infographic explaining the ways you can charge an electric vehicle. The cost of charging an electric car varies depending on whereabouts you are charging it. Also, the speed of charging, varies depending on the car’s battery size as well as the charging point’s speed.
For electric vehicles, there are different types of chargers available. These chargers have different power outputs which ultimately impact the charging speed. Below is a table showing the different types of chargers for EVs.
If you do opt to have a dedicated charging point installed, make sure it is carried out by a qualified installer. Click here to find out more about state of the art Electric Vehicle charging solutions by RAW Charging (an official ChargePoint Partner). The advantage of having a dedicated home charging point installed means you will be able to charge your electric vehicle at a faster rate. Dedicated home charging points are also compact, weatherproof and can be mounted to an external wall making charging your vehicle easier and more convenient. Also, for home charging you can plug it into a standard UK three-pin socket. This means you don’t need a special charging point to charge your EV at home.
Furthermore, despite popular conception that water and electricity don’t mix, this isn’t the case with electric vehicles. This is because charging plugs and electric vehicles have been designed with multiple layers of protection built in. This means it is safe to charge and drive electric vehicles in the rain, even if you drive through a large puddle of water.
Government Charging Grants
To encourage more motorists to drive EVs, the government have introduced charging grants for workplace and home chargepoints to be installed. This will hopefully make owning an electric vehicles easier as more chargepoints will be available.Below is a useful table with an overview about the government charging grants. For more information about the grants, click here.
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