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EV charging at home and on-the-go

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Ready to switch to electric?

If you’re ready to try an electric vehicle (EV), or you have one already and want to learn about charging at home or on the go, we’re here to help. Only a few years ago, electric vehicles were considered niche and out of the ordinary. But a recent surge in popularity means it’s no longer unusual to see them on the roads. And it’s easy to see why so many of us are making the switch.

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What drivers love about EVs

Early adopters to the electric car will tell you all about the quieter, more responsive drive they get with an electric car. EVs need only a battery and electric motor for power – so that means less moving parts (and no clogging up from combustible residues), and no heavy engine parts weighing you down.

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Range anxious? There’s no need…

Like many of those new to EVs, you may at first feel somewhat nervous about running out of battery in the middle of a journey. But there’s no need to worry. Just like a petrol or diesel gauge on traditional cars, you’ll know well in advance before your battery is even approaching empty. Many EV drivers prefer the hassle-free convenience of keeping the battery topped up at home overnight. Most EV cars can manage more than 150 miles on a single charge, so you’ll rarely have to factor in a recharge stop.

Plan to charge on-the-go

If you’re making a longer journey, factor in a quick charge break en route to your destination — like you would a rest stop or refuel. There are plenty of charging points to choose from. At the end of September 2023, ZapMap recorded a total of 49,882 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 29,709 charging locations. You can use an app like ZapMap, a UK-wide map of EV charging points, to find your nearest charging location.

Benefits of driving electric

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Convenient charging on your schedule

Whether at home or on the road you’re in control of when and how you charge.

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Zero emissions in daily running

Do your bit to help reduce carbon emissions in your day-to-day.

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Exempt from clean air charge

No clean air charge in Birmingham and other UK cities.

Charge your EV at home for convenience and ease

When you take home your shiny new EV for the first time, chances are you’ll just have the charging cable it comes with. This connects to your standard home three-pin socket, so you can charge your EV directly from a house or outdoor garden socket. But although it’s handy for a small top up if you’re visiting friends or family, it’s generally not recommended for long term use. It can also be inconvenient if you’re in a hurry as it has one of the longest charge times. And that’s why we recommend getting your own dedicated charging unit.

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1. A charger to call your own

Having your own dedicated EV charger at home makes owning an electric car so much easier. Not only is it much faster than the standard three-pin charging cable, but it’s also the most effective in terms of cost-versus-charge duration on your standard electricity rate. To own an EV charger, you’ll need your own driveway, garage, or other off-street parking of some kind. The unit can be mounted on an exterior wall, standalone charge post, or inside your garage, and will be connected to your domestic electric supply via your fuse box (also known as a consumer unit).

2. Remote control

Once you’re set up, you can easily control your charge point from your app without having to leave the comfort of your house. Adjust the settings and schedule to suit your day-to-day.

3. Charging insights

Track your personal charge history and get insights into your energy usage and costs.

Charge when and how you like – a quick top up after the morning school run, or charge overnight when you get back from work – it’s totally up to you. The power to get from A to B is right there on your driveway or in your home garage.

"I haven't had any problems charging my car on-the-go."

Anne, Suffolk

Did you know…

As of February 2023, there are more than 690,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK, a growth of more than 40% from 2021 - ZapMap

There are more than four times as many EV charge points than petrol stations in the UK. With more than 40,000 charge points, compared to fewer than 8,500 petrol stations - ZapMap and Statista

80% of EV charging is done from home and, typically, an EV can get an 80% charge in just 30 minutes using a rapid charge point - EV Driver

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