With the rapid rise in popularity of electric vehicles (EV) there has been many discussions and opinions on the current infrastructure to support these cars. Well surprisingly, according to www.zap-map.com (8/11/20) there are currently 12690 locations in the UK that have charging points, this is growing daily. The number of devices is 20132, with 35146 connectors, with 462 new devices added in the last 30 days, it’s clear that EV’s are here to stay. It’s like the rise of mobile phones, in the early days, there was no coverage, now, there are masts everywhere.
Is all EV charging the same?
No, is the simple answer. There are 3 main types of EV Charging, slow, fast and rapid. All the power outputs are measured in kilowatts (kW)
Slow Chargers, (Up to 3kW): You would use these for charging during the day or overnight. Charging would normally take between 6 and 12 hours for an EV and approximately 2-4 hours for a PHEV
Fast Chargers (7kW-22kW): These will charge the EV in 3-4 hours using Type 1 or Type 2 tethered socket.
Rapid Chargers: These come in two different types, either alternating or direct current (AC/DC) AC chargers are rated at 43kW and DC are up to 50kW. Using either of these types of chargers will give you a battery charge of approx. 80% in around 45-60 minutes.
Charging from home
In nearly all cases you will be required to have off-street parking, trailing cables across pavements and public areas will not be allowed. Some local authorities are providing on-street residential charging units, these are few and far between and you need to consider how easy it is to park near one and how accessible it is.
The good news is that government grants are available to assist in the installation of home EV charge points. There are many company’s now who will offer a fully installed units for a fixed price. Most car manufacturers of EV vehicles will have a relationship with suppliers, so please ask us and we will find out for you.
How do I pay for charging my car when out and about?
There are a range of different ways to pay, the main ones being RFID card, smartphone app, and increasingly, contactless credit or debit card. This last being the easiest to use, with no registration or account set-up to go through before being able to charge up your electric car. Regular users tend to sign up for an RFID card where offered, as reliability is good, and all the account details are sorted beforehand. Although app access is widespread, it obviously relies on a reasonable mobile phone signal . . . and battery!
Where can I charge my car in the UK
We would suggest you download the very neat app supplied by Zap Map, go to www.zap-map.com This gives you all locations and charging types across the UK. This is a really cool app.