November 23, 2017

CHARGED UP OVER ELECTRIC CAR OWNERSHIP? – PART 1

Thinking about taking the plunge of purchasing an Electric vehicle, but still unsure about the charging infrastructure? Writeonmotoring explains

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The three different ways to charge your electric car:

  • Home charging – It’s estimated this method will account for 80-90% of charging of Electric Vehicles by customers. Because home is the base, and most journeys will be known and a round trip – electric vehicle users will be travelling from there to school, shops, leisure centre etc. Most new Electric vehicles either come with, or offer the optional fitment of a wall box charger – able to fully charge a battery in between 3 and 4 hours.  Extra savings can be made by charging overnight during low tariff (Economy 7) times.
  • Destination Charging / Public Infrastructure – Where you need to top battery levels up on the move to give you enough charge to get home.
    Mennekes_Type_2_charging_plug_electric_vehicles_writeonmotoring.jpgNationwide there are currently over 1700 Type 2 Mennekes equipped public points. Charging time is between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the power output of the post. www.zap-map.com pinpoints the location and type of the different charging posts all across the UK. For a £10 fixed fee, Source London is offering electric vehicle users access to the London charging network for the next year – so public charging can be used to offset home charging costs. In some areas this also includes free parking.
  • Rapid Charging – This offers the ability to replenish 0-80% of an electric car’s battery levels in 30 mins. The primary role of these rapid charging points is for long journeys that exceed a vehicle’s range. Driver’s are able to stop and take a break while they wait for the car to re-charge, then re-commence their journey.

 

 

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