Your Charging Questions Answered
Sultana Rahman 19 July 2021, 15:24:20
We’ve answered some of the EV charging questions asked by prospective electric vehicle drivers.
How much does it cost to charge an EV at home?
The cost of charging an electric vehicle at home is dependent on various factors; when you charge your vehicle; how you charge your vehicle (3-pin plug or charging point); size of the vehicle’s battery; tariffs/charging networks used and how much energy you need. Charging your electric vehicle at home is a cost effective alternative to charging at public locations, especially when charging is complete during the night, when energy rates are low.
How long does it take to charge an EV from empty to full?
This depends on both the battery size as well as the speed of the chargepoint. Most electric vehicle drivers will recharge their vehicles at home from empty to full and most will also ‘top-up’ their charge if a chargepoint is available at their workplace or at a public destination.
What grant funding is available for getting a chargepoint installed at my home?
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are committed in ensuring that those who do make the transition to an electric vehicle, can do so hassle-free. The OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) allows EV drivers to benefit from £350 off their home chargepoint, providing that the EV chargepoint is ‘smart.’
I own a business, is there grant funding available for workplace chargepoints?
Yes. The OLEV Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides generous cost savings for businesses/organisations across the UK for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargers at their workplace premises. Workplaces are eligible for up to £14,000 grant funding (£350 per socket, a total of up to 40 chargepoint sockets permitted at your premises under OLEV WCS) towards their chosen chargepoints, so long as their chargepoints are ‘smart.’
Where can I charge my car if I don’t have a home electric vehicle charge installed yet?
There are hundreds of locations with chargepoints available for electric vehicle drivers to use. This year, the number of public electric vehicle chargepoints has increased by 18% so far – according to the Department of Transport, there are now 19,487 public EV chargers available to use across the UK (time of writing). Some public chargers offer free charging, whilst others will ask you to pay a fee – prices will vary due to pricing models implemented by the car park. Most public destinations will offer AC Fast charging (anything from 3.6kW to 22kW), however there are now hundreds of DC rapid chargers located across the UK for public use and this figure is set to increase in the near future.