Your Charging Questions Answered
20 July 2022 at 10:36:32
We’ve answered some of the EV charging questions asked by prospective electric vehicle drivers.
How much does it cost to charge an EV at home?
The cost of charging an electric vehicle at home is dependent on various factors; when you charge your vehicle; how you charge your vehicle (3-pin plug or charging point); size of the vehicle’s battery; tariffs/charging networks used and how much energy you need. Charging your electric vehicle at home is a cost effective alternative to charging at public locations, especially when charging is complete during the night, when energy rates are low.
How long does it take to charge an EV from empty to full?
This depends on both the battery size as well as the speed of the chargepoint. Most electric vehicle drivers will recharge their vehicles at home from empty to full and most will also ‘top-up’ their charge if a chargepoint is available at their workplace or at a public destination.
What grant funding is available for getting a chargepoint installed at my home?
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) offers grants to support the wider use of plug-in vehicles. The EV chargepoint grant provides funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle smart chargepoints at domestic properties. This grant is open to flat owners, people in rental accommodation, landlords and social housing providers.
View our OZEV grant fundable smart electric vehicle chargers for the home
I own a business, is there grant funding available for workplace chargepoints?
Yes. The OZEV Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides generous cost savings for businesses/organisations across the UK for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargers at their workplace premises. Workplaces are eligible for up to £14,000 grant funding (£350 per socket, a total of up to 40 chargepoint sockets permitted at your premises under OZEV WCS) towards their chosen chargepoints.
View our workplace EV charging solutions
Where can I charge my car if I don’t have a home electric vehicle charge installed yet?
There are hundreds of locations with chargepoints available for electric vehicle drivers to use. The number of public electric vehicle chargepoints in the UK has increased by 34% in the last year - according to Zap-Map, there are now over 32,000 public EV chargers available to use (time of writing). Some public chargers offer free charging, whilst others will ask you to pay a fee - prices will vary due to pricing models implemented by the car park. Most public destinations will offer AC Fast charging (anything from 3.6kW to 22kW), however there are now hundreds of DC rapid chargers located across the UK for public use and this figure is set to increase in the near future.