You’ve found the electric vehicle you want, and you’re on board with all the benefits. Now for the nitty-gritty. Charging electric vehicles is one of the things that most people are concerned about, especially because of long-held ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that halfway through a journey, an electric car will run out of power.
However, the idea that EV charging is time-consuming and inconvenient is untrue - there are lots of options available to ensure that boosting your electric car’s battery is easy and hassle-free.
Your first option is to charge at home. A majority of the UK’s EV owners do this – according to Drive Electric up to 90% of them, in fact. The length of time it takes to charge depends on the make and model of the car, the size of the battery and the type of charger you’re using – some can take as little as 30 minutes, while others need a full 12 hours from flat. If you plug in overnight, and ensure that you’re on a low-rate electricity tariff, this should make the running costs of your electric vehicle consistently low and very manageable.
The average charge on a standard electric car will give you a range of around 100 miles at the cost of about £2.80. Just make sure that your timer is set to switch on at night to make the most of off-peak costs, and that if you do have to charge during the day at a higher rate, your timer knows this. The last thing you want is a flat battery when you need to dash off.
The next option is to charge at work. More and more companies and employers are cottoning on to the next generation of electric cars and are making at-work charging available. After your home, your workplace is where you’re most likely to park your car for a decent length of time, so if your employer does offer a charging point, take advantage of it. This could nearly double the number of miles you can drive in one day and it won’t cost you a penny!
Finally, there are public charging-points all over the country that make up a nationwide network for electric car owners. These are most commonly found at petrol stations, but also in public car parks, supermarkets, and even leisure centres – so why not replenish your car’s battery while you’re shopping or in the gym? Charging stations are also installed at most motorway services, with it becoming a requirement under new Government plans. Longer journeys will take a greater deal of planning, but they are easily possible with pre-determined charging breaks incorporated into your journey.
With more than 13,000 of these charging points dotted all over the UK, it’s worth noting where your nearest ones are – just use this handy map to locate them and keep in mind the points that are compatible with your particular EV. This is something one of our specialist EV sales executives can talk through with you when discussing your EV needs.
If you have any other questions about EV charging, or just want to see what Wilsons has to offer, pop into our showroom on any day of the week. We have several charging points on our site that you could use if you’re already an EV driver. Alternatively, give us a call or enquire online.