Charging at home:
Based on our own personal Chargepoint experiences, We Are EV would highly recommend Pod-Point for your charging point installation. Their charge points are excellent quality and reliable, plus their customer service and company ethos are fantastic!
Pod-Point also have a nationwide network of installers, so wherever you are in the UK, We Are EV can deliver your car and arrange a charging point installation convenient for you.
There are a few different types of Charge Point available, and reasons why you may want to install one type over another. Here at We Are EV we will help you decide which model works best for you.
As part the We Are EV Complete Package, we also offer you a charging point installation assessment. We will discuss with you a suitable location for your charge point, and exactly what is involved with the electrical installation. Our qualified electricians can assess your electrical system, recommended any preparation that may be required, and run through in detail what will happen on the day of your installation.
We will also set you up with the relevant apps to access the public charging networks.
Once your have taken delivery of your car and had your charging point installed, you will be all set up to enjoy your new EV!
Charging using Solar PV:
If you have Solar PV installed at home, charging your EV is great way to use any surplus power that the solar panels produce. Many household Solar PV systems generate more power than the house needs for long periods of the day. Usually this extra power is exported back into the national grid for someone else to use! Charging your EV at home with a dedicated Electric Vehicle Charging Point during daylight hours will use any excess power that is being generated to charge the car.
Charging out and about:
There are thousands of public charging points available now, with more being installed every day. Also many workplaces have charging points or are installing them soon so check with where you work as there might some you can use there.
Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of charging points and aims to help EV drivers locate charging points and plan their journeys. It shows where the location, what type of charging point they are they are, and the network that operates them.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
The size of the battery pack in an electric car is given in kWh (kilowatt hours). This is the amount of electricity it can store. A kWh is the same unit as on your electricity meter at home. Here’s a few examples of how to work out the approximate cost:
Nissan Leaf - Battery Size: 24kWh.
Electricity cost per kWh: 15p
24kWh x £0.15 = £3.60
Renault Zoe 22kWh.
Electricity cost per kWh: 10p (night rate).
22kWh x £0.10 = £2.20
BMW i3 94Ah (33kWh).
Electricity cost per kWh: 30p (service station rapid charger price)
33kWh x £0.30 = £9.90
Take a look at this useful charging cost calculator on the Zap-Map site:
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
The time it takes to charge depends on a coupe of things. The type of charging point you are using and what car you are charging. There are a few different ways to charge an electric car and not all cars charge up at the same rate.
The three types of charging you will come across are:
Slow (Mode 2) - Charging using a standard 13A socket. The charging rate is limited to 2.3kW. This kind of charging will typically give you around 10 miles of range for every hour charging.
Fast (Mode 3) - Charging using a dedicated EV Charging Point. The charging rate is either 3.7kW or 7.4kW. This kind of charging will give you around 15 miles of range per hour (3.7kW) or 30 miles of range per hour (7.4kW).
Some cars are also able to charge at 11kW and 22kW with a suitable charging point. These charging rates give around 45 miles of range per hour (11kW) and 90 miles of range per hour (22kW).
Rapid - Charging using a Rapid Charging Point. The charging rate is either 43kW A/C or 50kW D/C.
This kind of charging will give you around 90 miles of range in half an hour.
There are faster charging points in development but the above examples are the most common at the moment.
Check out this useful charging time calculator by