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How To Charge An Electric Car

From electric car charging at home to workplace EV charging and public charging stations, there are a number of ways for charging an electric car. With an increasing number of charge points available, electric vehicle charging can be done almost anywhere. Either way, with new government grants and a surge in improving our electric charging infrastructure, the process is getting easier.

Electric car charging at home

Electric car charging at home is the most convenient way to charge your car, particularly if you have off-street parking. It’s as easy as pulling up on your driveway, plugging in and starting the charging process immediately with no hassle. This is the most efficient method for electric vehicle charging with ease.

If you are worried about the costs of a home EV charger, there are government grants available to help reduce the costs. For example, you can claim up to 75% off a home charger, or receive up to £5,000 contribution for the price of a new electric car.

For electric car charging at home, it is also recommended that you use an approved installer such as Elmtronics. This will ensure your EV charger is fitted with precision and efficiency.

Charging at public charging stations

Public charging doesn’t have to be an issue, it just requires a little further planning before you head out on your journey. Knowing where the nearest public charging stations are located will help to avoid any inconveniences. It’s also wise to check the type of charging station before driving to it, as certain rapid EV chargers may not be compatible.

Using zap maps can also help to plan your journey, as this will show all the electric vehicle charging points nearest to your location.

Workplace EV charging

Another method of charging your electric car is workplace EV charging. Not all companies are yet to have made the switch to electric; however more and more businesses are starting to see the benefits of offering sustainable travel alternatives. If your company has already invested in electric vehicle chargers, plugging in and charging up couldn’t be easier! Companies can also apply and take advantage of the OLEV workplace charging scheme, established to support costs of purchase and installation of EV chargers.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Electric vehicle charging times will vary depending on the model of your car and type of charging station you are using. As an example, here are the charging times you can expect with a Renault Zoe:

  • Electric car charging at home at 7.4kW would take around 7 hours
  • Public or workplace EV charging at 11kW would take nearly 5 hours
  • Public or workplace EV charging at 22kW would take close to 2 hours
  • Motorway rapid EV charging at 50kW would take around 1 hour to charge 80% of your battery

Most new electric vehicles have over 200 miles of driving range on a fully charged battery.

Do electric vehicle batteries decay over time?

The short answer to this is yes. Electric vehicles are fitted with lithium batteries, which over time  will decay, but this doesn’t happen overnight. Most electric car batteries come with a 8 to 10 year warranty from most manufacturers. Newer batteries are made to last 10-20 years, which is far more than a battery in a petrol or diesel car. EV chargers are often fitted with a built-in system to alert drivers of any potential issues. These include preventing the battery from overheating or overcharging, but also if charge is running low.

Whether it be at home, in public or at work, there is more than one solution available to charge your electric car. For more information on electric vehicle charging points or solutions, contact Elmtronics. Call your nearest Elmtronics branch or email sales@elmtronics.co.uk. You can also arrange a free no obligation survey online.

Sources

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles#electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme
  • https://www.zap-map.com/
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles#workplace-charging-scheme
2020-12-04T11:06:06+00:00

About the Author:

A marketing professional with over 13 years’ experience in various business sectors including retail, financial services, building industry and public services.Passionate about expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure.