Everything you need to know about EV Charging
Embrace the electric revolution
If you’re thinking about investing in an electric vehicle, then you’ll want to understand everything about charging it.
In celebration of World EV Day 2021, the UK government announced the big strides they’ve taken in its progress to a greener future. There are now over half a million electric vehicles on UK roads and 25,000 publicly available electric charging points across the country.
How do I charge an electric car?
An electric car is charged by plugging it into a charging point for a designated period of time. There are now thousands of public charging points across the UK where you can top up your battery at any given time - many free of charge.
Charging an electric car at a public location
From supermarkets to gyms, shopping centres to car parks, there are a vast amount of places where you’ll find charging points on your daily drive.
Although you probably wouldn’t want to fully charge your battery at a public charging point, they do come in really handy for frequent top-ups so that you never risk your battery running empty.
There are literally thousands of free electric charging points for EV motorists across the UK, but these usually come with time restrictions or in-store purchase requirements, so always check before you use one.
Typically, a public charging point will offer anywhere between 7kW-30kW charging which equates to around 20-30 miles of range per hour the vehicle is plugged in. An important item you’ll require at all public charging points is your own charging cable - if you own an EV, don’t leave home without one!
It’s also worth bearing in mind that some charging points require you to download an app using your smartphone in order to begin the process once plugged in.
Charging an electric car at home
If your property has off-street parking, then you’ll be able to charge your EV from home. Having a charging point installed at home will give you the fastest charging speeds possible - usually up to 30 miles of range per hour charged.
A home-installed charging point will come with a cable which you simply plug in to your vehicle to begin the charge - it really is that simple. A dedicated charger will also come with built-in safety and smart features so that you can effectively monitor energy levels.
If you’re unable to install a charger at home, then it’s also possible to charge an electric car by plugging it into a standard three-pin wall plug or extension cable. Your vehicle will take much longer to charge and it is not recommended practice as advised by the manufacturer.
How much does it cost to install a home charger?
Depending on the provider used, it can cost anywhere between £500-£1,000 to have an electric vehicle charger installed at home. However, you’ll be pleased to know that you could benefit from the UK Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
The scheme means that you could be eligible for up to 75% towards the cost of installing an EV charge point at your household, with a cap set at £350 per property for a qualifying vehicle. Always make sure you engage with an approved EV home installer before going ahead.
Investing in an EV home charger could pay real dividends. Did you know that it could dramatically increase the value of your property? Research shows that your home could sell for up to 13% more with an EV charger installed - with some properties valued at a £50,000 increase!
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
This depends on a number of factors; your car’s battery size, how many miles you drive, and the power rating of the charger you’re using. A charge can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 12 hours depending on the battery size and speed of the charge point used.
It’s best to give your vehicle’s battery a full charge overnight when it’s not in use - the same way in which you would a mobile phone. Top-up charges can then take place at any point during the day, depending on the amount of miles you do, or distance of journey. A typical 7kW home charger will take around 8 hours for a full charge of a 60kWh battery vehicle.
Standard public charging points also typically offer 7kW of power, but since 2020, new ultra-rapid chargers have been installed across the UK, offering an impressive 150-350kW of charge.
Charging stations at Wilsons and across Epsom
At our Wilsons multi-site showroom on Kiln Lane in Epsom, Surrey, we provide a number of EV charging points for a fast charge. We pride ourselves on our EV knowledge, so if you have any questions regarding electric cars then we’ll be more than happy to help.
If you’re travelling to the area, you’ll find a selection of fast and rapid EV charging points dotted around Epsom, such as The Ebbisham Centre and Lidl supermarket. For a map of charging points in the UK, including Epsom, please click here to view the live Zap Map or refer to the image below.
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