FAQ

We’ve taken some time to answer the most common questions relating to the installation of domestic and commercial car chargers.

An EV is an electric car that depends solely on rechargeable battery power to drive the engine. Hybrids and plug-in vehicles use a combination of a battery pack and an internal combustion engine to power the car.

EVs do not release any green house gases when they are used, so in that respect they are zero-emission. However, the manufacturing of the cars and the charging of them does involve electricity, which means fossil fuels are involved. But, as we are moving towards more renewable sources of energy, EV’s will increasingly become more and more green. Current calculations show that the CO2 emissions from an EV are about half those from a conventional car during their lifetime (so says Top Gear).

There is an increasing range of EVs available now so the best thing to do is compare online what professionals say about the cars and then get out there and test drive a few. Next Green Car has some reviews of the latest cars for 2021, as does What Car?.

According to government statistics at the end of 2020 there were approximately 19,487 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK.

Since 2015 there has been an 18% increase in the number of public charging points, and the number of rapid charging points is also steadily increasing.

Zap Maps provides a guide to the locations of know charging points and is updated regularly.

There are three main types of charging points:
  1. The slow chargepoint uses a single-phase 13 Amp three-pin plug and uses 3 kW of power. A full charge can take 8-12 hours, so cars usually use a domestic socket and charge overnight. If this chargepoint is going to be used it is advised to have a qualified electrician check that the wiring can support long charge times.
  2. The fast chargepoint is twice as fast as the slow charge at around 32 amps and uses 7kW of power. A full charge would take 4-7 hours and most public chargepoints use this technology.
  3. Rapid chargerpoints supply an EV directly with power through a dedicated charging unit using a cable with a non-removable connector. Usually this is about 50kW and charging to about 80% takes about an hour. Not all EVs can use a rapid charger – it is usually only pure EVs with long ranges that are adapted for rapid charging points. There are rapid charging sites around the UK and ultra-rapid chargers that charge in 15 minutes will be added as the technology develops.

Some EV chargepoints are free to use, however the majority of fast and rapid chargers are pay as you go. Prices are usually set around the cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh) for a specified time, but there are charging points that essentially charge a set pence per hour or a set fee for a charging session.

At the moment the advice would be yes, owning an EV needs more journey planning. If you know the range of the EV you can map the stopping points at chargers and plan your charging time. Generally, journeys can take longer when compared to a petrol or diesel car, but this factor will slowly become less important as EV car’s range increases, charge time decreases and more charging points are installed.

Yes, this is a short list of available providers, but new manufactures are coming onto the market all the time. Models range in functionality and how future-proof they are. To be able to get the OLEV/OZEV grant at home the meter installed must use ‘smart technology’. Such chargepoints can be accessed by your phone and functions controlled via an app, you will need to research and make sure that the model you want at home is smart.

  • Myenergi / Zappi
  • EO Charging
  • ChargedEV
  • POD Point
  • Chargemaster
  • NewMotion
  • Ensto
  • JuiceBox
  • EVBox
  • Alfen
  • Wallbox
  • Rolec EV
  • Tesla
  • Project EV

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Save £350 off the cost of an electric vehicle charging point with OZEV – The Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles. The following electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for the government OZEV grant scheme. When applying for the grant, additional criteria apply; please check for details.

 

Eligible cars

 

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
  • Audi A6 TFSI e
  • Audi A6 50 TFSI e
  • Audi A7 TFSI e
  • Audi A8 TFSI e
  • Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e,
  • Audi A6 50 TFSI e,
  • Audi A7 50 TFSI e
  • Audi e-tron
  • Audi e-tron S
  • Audi e-tron S Sportback
  • Audi e-tron Sportback
  • BMW x2 xDrive25e
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • BMW 330 e Touring
  • BMW 330e xDrive Saloon
  • BMW 330e xDrive Touring
  • BMW 530e
  • BMW 530e xDrive
  • BMW 545e xDrive
  • BMW 745e
  • BMW 745Le
  • BMW i3
  • BMW i3 S
  • BMW i8
  • BMW X1 xDrive 25e
  • BMW X3 xDrive 30e
  • BMW X5 xDrive 45e
  • BYD e6
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Citroen CZero
  • Citroen ë-C4
  • Citroen e-Spacetourer
  • Citroen C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid
  • Ford Kuga PHEV
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Ford Tourneo PHEV
  • Honda e
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
  • Hyundai KONA Electric
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia e-Niro
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Optima PHEV
  • Kia Sorento PHEV
  • Kia XCeed PHEV
  • Kia Ceed SW PHEV
  • Land Rover Defender P400e
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Lexus UX 300e
  • Mahindra e2o
  • MAN eTGE plug-in
  • Maxus eDeliver 3
  • Mazda MX-30
  • Mercedes-Benz A250e
  • Mercedes-Benz EQA
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Mercedes B250e
  • Mercedes-Benz C300de Saloon
  • Mercedes-Benz C300de Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz C300e
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e
  • Mercedes GLC 300 de (Coupe and SUV)
  • Mercedes CLA 250 e (Coupe and Estate)
  • Mercedes GLA 250 e
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 e Saloon
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 de Saloon
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 de Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC
  • Mercedes GLC 300 e (Coupe and SUV)
  • Mercedes GLE 350 de
  • Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid
  • Mercedes-Benz S560e
  • MG ZS EV
  • MG HS
  • Mini Countryman PHEV
  • Mitsubishi iMIEV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Peugeot e-2008
  • Peugeot e-Expert
  • Peugeot e-Traveller
  • Polestar 2
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Range Rover P400e
  • Range Rover Sport P400e
  • Range Rover Velar P400e
  • Range Rover Evoque
  • Renault Captur PHEV
  • Renault Megane PHEV
  • Renault ZOE
  • Renault ZOE Van
  • Renault Fluence
  • Seat Mii
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV
  • Skoda Superb iV
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4
  • Vauxhall Mokka-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life
  • Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE
  • Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro (58kWh 145PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (58kWh 204PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S (77kWh 204PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S (82 kWh)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition
  • Volvo XC40 T4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC40 P8 Pure Electric
  • Volvo S60 T6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo S60 T6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo S60 T8 Twin Engine
  • Volvo S60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo S90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo S90 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D5 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 T6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 T6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V90 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo V90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo XC60 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Volvo XC90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid

 

Eligible taxis

  • LEVC TX
  • Nissan Dynamo Taxi

 

Eligible vans and trucks

  • BD Otomotiv eTraffic
  • BD Otomotiv eDucato
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Citroen e-Dispatch
  • Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
  • Ford Transit Custom PHEV
  • Ford Transit Custom Kombi PHEV
  • LDV EV80 van
  • LDV EV80 chassis cab
  • Mercedes eSprinter
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial
  • Mitsubishi FUSO eCanter
  • Nissan e-NV200 (cargo van)
  • Peugeot ePartner
  • Renault Kango ZE
  • Renault Master ZE
  • Smith Electric Smith Edison

 

How is a charger installed?

What is the OLEV / OZEV Grant?