Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge your EV. Government grants are available for the installation of home EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.
Most home chargers are rated at either 3 kW or 7 kW.
The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, and halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase.
In most cases, home-based charging requires off-street parking to avoid trailing cables across public areas. All EV charging units are wired directly to the central metering unit, usually on its own circuit for safety and to enable monitoring separate from other electrical loads.
Public Charging Stations
There are now thousands of public charging stations. According to Zap-Map, which monitors the UK’s charging station, there are currently around 4,800 locations providing almost 7,500 individual chargers. What’s more, those numbers are continually increasing, with 700 new locations added in the past year alone. With growth at this rate, it won’t be long before charging stations outnumber the UK’s 8,500 petrol and diesel stations
Research has revealed, for example, that the average UK driver covers just 20 miles a day, meaning the majority of charging can occur at home. That means motorway service stations provide the most logical sites for charging stations, as EV owners tend to only need to us public charging points on longer journeys.
Motor Way Charging Stations
The only provider of motorway charging points is Ecotricity, which has 145 public stations at motorway and A-road services around the UK, providing around 300 individual chargers.
Click the Zap Map icon above for a full list of UK Charging Points