Filling up your car with fuel is easy. Charging an electric car can sometimes seem a lot more complicated – but why? The process of charging cars is less common, but there are so many benefits there are to be taken advantage of.
If you don’t understand the electric car charging process, it can seem like a daunting prospect. From different connectors to consider, variable rates of charge and different places to recharge your electric vehicle. It can seem like a complex job.
The truth is, electric car charging doesn’t need to be confusing. Our local electricians at Blythe Electrical have put together this blog to tell you the benefits of electric vehicles, and why you need an electric car charging point.
How Popular Are Electric Cars?
Recent figures in the UK show that there are over 128,500 electric vehicles (EV) registered in the UK. Compared to the amount of overall vehicles, this figure isn’t overwhelming. However, its growth in the last four years has been aggressive. During some periods, nearly 88 electric vehicles were registered every day.
If that current growth rate continues in the UK over the next two years, it is estimated that there will be more than one million electric vehicles on UK roads by 2020.
Where Can I Charge My Electric Vehicle
In short, there are places to charge your car: at home, at your workplace or at a public car charging point.
This is considered the easiest and most convenient place of charging. Plugging your car in over night at home is an effective, and can be the cheapest, way to start the day – full of juice (well, the electric type).
Most electric cars can be charged at home using a standard 13amp three-pin domestic plug socket. A new electric vehicle will generally be supplied with a standard EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) charging cable for 3-pin plug charging – but it is also worth asking about the inclusion of the additional cable for rapid charging. Having both types of cables will give you greater flexibility for charging. We would recommend the installation of a dedicated EV charging wallbox at home or work which will allow you to charge your car at a faster rate – 16 or 32amp, which we can install for you.
How Much Does a Home Charging Point Cost?
A home charging point usually costs from £800, but as part of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme, the government can provide a grant of £500 towards the cost. A wallbox is quicker than using a 13amp domestic plug socket, as this type of charging point is solely dedicated to charging the car. This means that charging time is reduced as you charge at a faster rate of either 16amp or 32amp depending on the vehicle charging capability.
Workplace Charging Points
If you don’t have the option of charging your car at work, it is a good idea to suggest it. Your workplace could take advantage of the Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).
The WCS is a voucher-based scheme that provides a contribution towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle to the value of £500 per socket – up to a maximum of 20 sockets.
Public Charging Points
This is becoming more and more popular, with connectors at nearly 5,000 different locations. These are great when you are travelling on long journeys. Public charging points provide up to 80% of charge in as little as 20-30 minutes.
Electric Car Charge Options
To keep it simple, there are slow, fast and rapid types of charge. We won’t go into too much detail here because the clue is in the name.
Rapid charging is the fastest type of charging. This can provide up to 80% of charge in as little as 20 minutes, making them the quickest means of charging in the UK. They are commonly found at motorway service stations and close to major roads.
Electric Vehicle Charging Adaptors
There isn’t a universal plug that fits all electric cars and all electric charging points. Most ‘cars’ are categorised as either Type 1 or Type 2. But all ‘sockets’ have Type 2 adaptors.
Your EVSE car charging lead will have one end that fits the type 2 socket adaptor, but the other end may be a type 1 or type 2 adaptor depending on your car. So there is no need to worry about charging at public charging stations – your lead should fit!
Type of Charging Networks
There are many EV Charging stations cross the country, and the network continues to grow. There are a number of EV charging networks in the UK, each one taking a different approach to charger access – some are free to use, others are accessed via an app, pay as you go, some may take coins or tokens.
Either way, your new EV will very likely have on-board functionality to identify the nearest charging station, and the level of electric charge available to inform you on your journey.
How We Can Install Your Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Whether you are an individual or a business, we can install car charging points at home or at work. Take advantage of government schemes and receive up to £500 cashback for home charge stations, or £500 per socket for work charging stations.
We are accredited by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) so get in touch now, charging your electric car at home couldn’t be easier and more straightforward. Contact our friendly local staff today for more information.
For more details about the electric vehicle grant eligibility, visit the OLEV website.