January 19, 2018


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


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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