If you’re thinking about buying an electric car but you’re a little uncertain about how and where to charge it, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Electric charging is simplicity itself – and there are plenty of charging options available.
There are more than 24,900 charge points and more than 68,500 individual connectors throughout the UK, and more are being added on a near daily basis. This means there’s no need for ‘range anxiety’, a term that describes the fear of running out of electric vehicle power.
The benefits of public charging are many. Not only do they provide necessary ‘pit stops’, they offer rapid-charging capability.
For example, using this method, the MG ZS EV can be charged in roughly 36 minutes (20% to 80%). This is because public chargers offer a minimum 50 kW charging speed.
It’s worth noting that you’ll likely do most of your charging at home, but it’s always good to know that there’s a public charger near you, wherever you happen to drive. Indeed, there are close to three million all over the world.
Charging from home is easy, which is why approximately 80% of all electric car owners rely heavily on this method. All you need to do is plug your car into a standard three-pin (3kW) electrical socket and leave it to charge.
While this is the slowest charging solution, it’s also very convenient because your car can be left to charge overnight. For instance, the MG ZS EV takes about 17 hours to charge using this method (0% to 100%).
If you fancy a quicker domestic charging option, a dedicated electric car charger from home is an elegant solution since it delivers fast charging (rated at 7 kW). This allows the MG ZS EV’s battery to go from 0% to 100% in approximately 7.3 hours.
While there is a cost associated with EV charger installation, the actual cost of charging an electric car is the same as it is with a three-pin (3 kW) socket.
Just as you can at home, you can charge your vehicle at work using your workplace’s three-pin (3 kW) power supply, provided you have your boss’ permission, of course.
However, many employers provide a fast-charging (7 kW) option, especially since Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant schemes exist, covering up to 75% of the cost of installation. Depending on the electric vehicle you drive, you can fully charge it in three to seven hours using this method.
Some businesses offer the use of even faster (22 kW) charging units, which bring charging times down even further.
How to charge?
You can charge an electric vehicle either by plugging it into a socket or by plugging into a charging unit. There are plenty of charging stations around the UK to stay fully charged while you're out and about.auctor at dolor. In vitae enim in nunc cursus consequat. Cras cursus magna sed tellus pretium bibendum. Etiam malesuada ut ipsum ac semper. Morbi vehicula fermentum sapien eu consectetur. Integer tincidunt a felis convallis blandit. Sed tincidunt orci in velit mattis vestibulum. Praesent a nisl commodo, tristique sem pharetra, semper neque. Phasellus laoreet volutpat viverra.
How fast can chargers be?
Charging times depend on a number of factors. We’ve already discussed a few of them: