Do you mind if I just plug in my car?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more attractive to the average driver and the public in general. They cause less air pollution than traditional diesel and petrol engines, plus they tend to be a lot quieter too. Although an increasing amount of people are considering switching to electric, many also worry about these cars being able to take on longer journeys. The truth is that as EV engineering continues to improve, so does mileage. What’s more, the number of EV charging points available for public use is also growing.

Where can I charge my car

According to Zap Map public charging points are available in 6,123 locations across the UK. But it’s important to note that some areas have more chargers available than others. So that’s something to consider if you’re planning on driving for a longer distance than usual, or if you’ll be visiting an area you’re unfamiliar with.

Regions with the most chargers

Infographic showing areas with the most EV chargers

How quickly can I charge my car?

A rapid charger will be able to replenish your battery by up to 80% in less than an hour. It’s worth noting that these aren’t available everywhere just yet; they tend to be installed in service stations. However, new rapid chargers are being installed across the UK every month.

The alternative to rapid chargers are fast chargers and they can top up your car in one to five hours, depending on the unit speed. Slow chargers also exist but these tend to be limited to residential use.

Public rapid chargers

Rapid chargers in the UK as of 26th September 2018

What about charging at home?

Are you thinking of getting an electric car or hybrid sometime soon? Consider a fixed-tariff. They give you lower unit costs and price-rise protection for a set period of time. Keep an eye out for some news from us on this coming soon.

Figures from Zap Map.

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