Guide to charging electric vehicles

The things you need to know to fill up your car with energy in an easy and safe way.

Charging locations

As more and more people make the move to EVs it is has become easier than ever to charge your electric car, whether at home, at work or out and about.
At home: one of the biggest advantages of an EV is the convenience of refuelling at home. Home charging also saves you time and money especially with smart charging software that charges efficiently when electricity rates are low. A home charging station must be installed by a professional to ensure that it is safely connected to your electricity circuit.

At work: employers are increasingly offering charging stations at the workplace to improve their company’s sustainability and encourage staff to change to an EV. Charging at work is ideal as your EV is sitting unused for longer periods.

Out and about: from shopping centres and hotels to car parks and service stations, there is a network of over 27,000 public charging points across the UK where you can easily and quickly charge your EV. Find your nearest charging station

Charging stations map

Find your nearest charging station.

Public charging

When out and about there are only two things that you need to charge your EV.
1. EV charging app: this will help you to locate the nearest available charging station that is appropriate to your vehicle. The app connects to the charging station allowing you to charge your vehicle and pay for the electricity used. An RFD card can often also be used to pay for EV charging.
2. Cable: There are several types of cable which different car manufacturers use for their EVs. In most cases the cable will be supplied with your vehicle. Charging stations are clearly marked with the types of cable they accept and a charging app will pinpoint the ones appropriate to your needs. You simply connect the cable to the station. Fast charging stations (found on major roads and filling stations) have charging cables built in.

Home charging grant

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% (£350 including VAT) towards the cost of installing an electric vehicle smart chargepoint at home. The customer needs to ask an EVHS-approved installer to apply for the grant on their behalf.

From April 2022, the EVHS will no longer be open to homeowners (including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties. The scheme will remain open to: homeowners who live in flats, people in rental accommodation (flats and single-use properties)

Full details including terms and conditions: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customer-guidance-electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme

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