With electric cars and vans becoming more common, it is important to know where to find the best places for a quick top-up when out on the road.
Luckily, What Car? has done all the hard work for us by asking 1,000 owners of electric vehicles (EVs) to rate Britain’s public charging networks.
They combined these ratings with their own test results to determine ranks for each network.
What Car? set out factors that were to be taken into consideration when rating the networks. They were:
Of particular interest to the van drivers amongst us are the reliability, accessibility and location and ease of payment categories.
Accessibility takes into account how much space there is to position a vehicle – useful if in a van or large SUV – and easy payments that avoid lengthy sign-up processes, along with a reliable service, are vital when working to a tight schedule.
The table below summarises the results of the survey.
Ease of payment
Gridserve Electric Highway
Charge Place Scotland
Charge Your Car
First place goes to the Tesla Supercharger network. Available exclusively to Tesla owners for now, this might seem to be of no use to non Tesla customers.
However, a tweet from founder Elon Musk says that Tesla’s Supercharger network will be open for other electric vehicles to use later this year. Great news!
Details are not yet confirmed, but with more than 600 chargers at more than 70 locations around the United Kingdom, this change could have a massive impact.
Instavolt is rated as the best charging network for non-Tesla owners. What Car? says the network provides impeccable reliability and is straightforward to use.
The Osprey network finished third and was also well regarded, scoring well across the board.
These networks should be a safe bet for drivers needing a quick charge on their travels.