With home charging points being simple to install, and ZapMaps announcing there are more charging stations than filling stations in the UK, charging your electric vehicle from home or on the go has never been easier.
With Hybrid (HEV) vehicles, there’s no need to plug in your vehicle for charging, as the electric battery engine is charged through regenerative braking or by the engine.
For optimum charging, a professionally installed Wallbox is the best option. This provides a faster charge without interruption - What's more, if you’re eligible, the OLEV EVHS grant allows you to reduce the cost of your home charger by £500.
An alternative is to home charge by a standard wall socket, which provides a much slower charge rate and is not as efficient as charging through a Wallbox.
Public charging stations can deliver as much as an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. These can be found at motorway service stations, fuel stations and public car parks.
You can find charge points, their type and availability through the Zap-Map website
Zap-Map helps you find your nearest charging station. and information on the different public networks, their charging methods and payment options.
Are you eligible for the OLEV EVHS grant?
The OLEV grant allows you to reduce the cost of your homecharger by £500.
- You have dedicated off-street parking.
- Your plug-in vehicle was purchased after 1st October 2016.
- You have not already claimed the grant for your vehicle.
- By claiming the grant, you are not exceeding the limit of two OLEV funded chargepoints per household.
Find out more about the OLEV EVHS grant.
Your Charging Questions Answered
Can I charge my vehicle in the rain?
Charging equipment shall be completely weather-proof, so you can install a socket or Wallbox on an exterior wall without concern.
Will driving with my lights on reduce my range?
Most vehicles feature LED headlights which are incredibly energy efficient, so driving with your lights on will not make any noticeable difference to the vehicle’s range.
Can you overcharge an Electric Vehicle?
Manufacturers have already built in precautions so you cannot overcharge, over-discharge, or over heat your electric vehicle.