Powering your EV at home

There are a lot of different charging options out there for electric vehicle (EV) owners. You can charge at home, at work or while you're out and about at a public charging point. Most EV owners charge their cars overnight at home because it's convenient. But you can also take advantage of workplace charging and public charging networks.

Where to charge

Home

For home charging, we recommend you install a dedicated charger or socket through a qualified engineer. This will allow you to recharge your car quickly and safely, whilst also ensuring you do not overload your home fuse board. Most vehicles come with a cable that you can connect to your car and your regular 3-pin home sockets for occasional use if needed. However, these 3-pin sockets are not designed for regular heavy usage, so should not be a long term solution.

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Work

Workplaces are taking advantage of the government charging scheme, to install more workplace chargers to help commuters recharge their EVs while at work. . The scheme makes installing chargers more affordable for businesses so they can help employees who own an EV. Find out everything you need to know about getting a charge point at work.

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The ZapMap – find a charging station

This is a fantastic, interactive map of all the charging points around the UK – you'll be surprised at how many there actually are! So no matter where you're going you can check where to charge before you leave or on-route.

Public charging stations

There are plenty of electric car charging stations all over the UK, check out the Zap Map to see how many there are and what's nearest to you. Rapid chargers offer an 80% charge in just 20-40 minutes, so they're a great way to top up during long journeys. You can often find them in motorway service car parks, petrol stations, larger shopping centres and supermarkets. There are also a number of slower chargers available, which are ideal if you are going to be parked somewhere for a while, like city centres, cinemas and hotels.

To use public charging points, you'll need to register with a membership schemebefore you can use them. You can use the Zap Map to identify which charging schemes your desired charging points belong to. How much it costs to charge your EV on the go depends on the network you're on and your car model, this handy calculator will help you to estimate how much it'll cost.

Charging – rapid, fast or slow?

There are a variety of standards for charging points. Rapid are the quickest (43kW+), generally capable of charging cars to 80% in 20-40 minutes, depending on how big the battery is and how much charge it's holding to start with.

Fast chargers are rated at 7-22kW, and usually take between 3-7  hours to recharge an EV depending on the battery size of the car. 7kW chargers are a popular choice for the workplace and at home and there are several models available. We offer a fully installed home smart charger, which comes with our GoElectric App to remotely control and monitor charging of your car.

Slow chargers have a maximum of 3kW available, and typically take between 6-12 hours to recharge a pure electric car. These chargers are ideal for overnight charging.

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Installing an EV charger at home

You'll need to get a professional to install a home charger for you. There are lots of different models of home chargers available to buy and lots of different installers who can fit them for you. So it can be confusing, but all you need to do is decide what power rating you want and choose either a tethered or socketed charge point.

Tethered

A tethered charge point comes with a long cable attached to the unit, allowing you to plug straight into your EV when you park up. It’s available with either a Type 1 or Type 2 cable and you’ll need to make sure you get the right type to fit your car’s charging inlet.

Socketed

A socketed charge point comes without a cable and is essentially a dedicated charging socket fitted with the necessary safety devices to protect you, your car, and your home’s main fuse board. Socketed plug points are universal for all EVs because any standalone charging cables can be used with the charger.

What power rating should I use?

3-7kW chargers are recommended for home charging. These chargers are also great to use when charging in public areas. Rapid chargers offer you a much quicker charge, perfect for longer journeys but it's not advisable to only use rapid charging because this can damage your battery.

How quickly will my car charge?

There are three different speeds of EV chargers: rapid, fast and slow. How fast they are depends on how much power in kilowatts they emit. Basically, the more kilowatts they emit, the faster they charge.

How far can an EV travel?

The range or distance you can go on a full charge differs depending on your model. Many electric car models are available with a 100-300 mile range on a single battery charge. The manual that comes with your EV will say how many miles your car will go before needing another charge.

Three tips for EV battery life

EVs use high-voltage batteries for power, so there's a few things you can do to make sure your battery stays healthy and holds charge for as long as possible.

Don’t use high-power chargers all the time

Over time, using rapid chargers often could limit your battery's ability to hold charge.

Understand the different driving modes

Investigate the driving modes of your car, some modes offer increased battery range by enhancing features such as regenerative breaking and minimizing acceleration options. Other modes enhance performance at the cost of range.

Adapt your driving style

Boost your EV’s range by reducing unnecsary acceleration or braking and coasting where possible. Minimising usage of air conditioning and heating will also help to preserve energy.

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