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The different ways of charging your EV

The different ways of charging your EV


Here’s the various ways you can charge your electric car

Electric car charging is one of the biggest worries that many buyers have when it comes to EVs.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, as in fact it often isn’t any more complex than fuelling a car at a petrol station.

Here’s a look at the various ways you can charge your car.

Using a Wallbox

A Wallbox is essentially a more powerful way of charging your car at home – providing you have off-street parking.

Most Wallboxes can pump out a charge of around 7kW – meaning that, for the vast majority of EVs, an overnight charge offers plenty of time to top your car’s batteries up to full.

Man and children charging an electric vehicle

Various grants are available for these – providing you can prove you own an EV or are living one with a lengthy period of time (e.g if you have a leased or company car) – while some manufacturers also cover the cost of these.

Using a domestic plug

Using a domestic home socket is often seen as a last resort for EV owners, or if they’re away from home without a wallbox – at a holiday home, for example. While this can often be quite convenient, using a domestic plug is a slow way of charging up your electric car – charges taking more than 24 hours on models with large batteries.

Women charging her electric car

If you can charge at home, we highly recommend getting a Wallbox.

Charging at work

If you work at a set site, and leave your car parked up all day, it could be worth mentioning to your employer about installing an electric car charging point, if they don’t have one already.

Scottish power electric vehicles charging point

It can be a fantastic way of leaving your car on charge on the morning, and returning later in the day to find it topped up and ready to go. There are various grants available to businesses to get charging point, while many firms don’t charge their employees for electricity.

Public charging

A surprising number of EV owners seldom ever charge using public charge points, but they can be very handy – even more so at various locations where they’re free to entice people in (shopping centres for example).

Public electric charging point

Before charging you should check the rate of charge, as some charge quicker than others, while you may also need to sign up to various providers to use these. That’s because, in a similar way to there are multiple petrol station firms, there are various charging providers, too.

Rapid charging

If you’re on the go and want to charge your car up as quickly as possible, rapid chargers are absolutely the way to go. They’re most often installed at motorway service stations and at the side of A roads, but increasingly more supermarkets are fitting them, too.

electric vehicles on charge

They can be great to keep you on the go – most charging at a minimum 50kW, which means many EVs can be topped up fully within an hour. Be aware that more expensive electric cars with larger batteries will take longer, though.