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All About Charging

How do I charge my electric vehicle?

Charging an electric vehicle isn’t that different from refuelling. There’s still a fuel filler cap, but instead of a petrol tank you’ll find a charging socket where you can plug in the connector.

Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

At home

While it is possible to plug your electric vehicle into a domestic three-pin socket, we recommend that you install a home wall box. Wall box chargers can refill your car up to three times faster.

When you decide to install a charger at home, it’s best to go through an authorised installer like Pod Point. They will guide you through the whole process, from the pre-installation consultation through to the demonstration once the work has been done. They’ll even manage the grant application on your behalf, which could save you up to £350 as of 1st April 2020.

Pod Point also include a free three-year warranty and Wi-Fi connectivity* for real-time updates.

Out and about

The UK’s network of fast and rapid chargers is getting bigger by the week. There are plenty of ways to pay for them too, from pay-as-you-go schemes to subscription models. Some points are even free. Finding your nearest charging station is simple. Apps like Zap-Map point the way to Type-2 and CCS connectors for Fast and Rapid Charging respectively.

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Off street parking + Up to 100 miles/day

If you have off street parking, you can get a home charging point fitted so you can charge it whenever you like. Perfect!

Off street parking + Over 100 miles/day

You can charge your car at home but you may have to look at charging points along your usual routes.

No off street parking + Up to 100 miles/day

If you park on the road or have charging points at work, it will still work for you, but you may have to share public charging points with other cars.

No off street parking + Over 100 miles/day

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Public Rapid Charger / Combined Charge System

A cable plugged into a combined AC/DC charger with a total power of 32A/40kW DC – 7.2kW AC will charge a battery from 0-80% in around one hour.

Home Wall box / Public or Work Charge Point

A cable plugged into an AC charger with 32A/7.2kW of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in approximately 4 hours.

Mains charging (domestic 3-pin plug)

A cable plugged into an AC charger 10 amps (A)/2.3 kilowatts (kW) of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in 13-16 hours.**

 

Public Rapid Charger / Combined Charge System

A cable plugged into a combined AC/DC charger with a total power of 32A/40kW DC – 7.2kW AC will charge a battery from 0-80% in around one hour.

Home Wall box / Public or Work Charge Point

A cable plugged into an AC charger with 32A/7.2kW of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in approximately 4 hours.

Mains charging (domestic 3-pin plug)

A cable plugged into an AC charger 10 amps (A)/2.3 kilowatts (kW) of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in 13-16 hours.**

 

**Your vehicle’s battery recoups the first 20% of its charge more quickly. The charging speed will slow down once the battery is 80% full in order to prevent heating, which can reduce your battery’s longevity. That’s why we’ve used 80% as the measure as shown above.

What affects the charging speed of a vehicle?

There are several factors that can affect how long it takes your electric vehicle to charge. Here are the main three.

The vehicle charging capabilities: Your electric vehicle’s maximum charge rate is set by its battery and the on-board charger which regulates the amount of power drawn from a particular source. On-board chargers usually range in capacity from 3kW to 22kW. Charge time can also be affected by whether AC or DC is being used, to find out more check out our glossary.

Power from the charging unit: Your electric vehicle cannot charge faster than the charging unit’s maximum capacity. This means if you’re charging with AC and your car has a capacity of 11kW but is plugged into a 7kW unit, it will charge at 7kW.

The size of the battery: As you might expect, the larger the battery the longer it’ll take to charge. For example an 20 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery will take around 2-3 hours to charge with a 7kW charger, a 40kWh battery would take around twice as long.

 

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*Please note that customers would be required to install their own Wi-fi.

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