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If you’ve recently made the switch to an electric car or are considering it, you might not be clued up on charging. We’ve put together this handy guide on everything you need to know about charging an electric car.
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Everything You Need to Know About Charging an Electric Car

Everything You Need to Know About Charging an Electric Car

If you’ve recently made the switch to an electric car or are considering it, you might not be clued up on charging. With so many EV charging options available, it can be hard to understand which method is best for you and your car.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on everything you need to know about charging an electric car.


How can I charge an electric car?

There are a few different ways you can charge an electric car, based on your individual needs.


Home charging point

Installing a home charging station is a convenient way to charge your electric car. There’s no need to worry about running out of range on the road as you can power up whenever your car is on the driveway or in the garage.


Domestic socket

Many electric cars are fitted with a standard three pin plug that allows them to be charged using a domestic socket. While it can take longer than a home charging point, it removes installation costs.


Public charging point

A lot of supermarkets and public car parks now offer charging stations. These are sometimes free, but there may be a time limit and it could be a slower charging speed. However, it’s a great way to boost your range while you are on the move.

Find out more about free electric car charging.

Many public places now offer rapid charging stations, but this is something you would need to pay for. It’s worth bearing in mind that public charging points can become overcrowded. So, if you do rely on these, try to charge during off-peak times.

With summer on the horizon, you might be planning your next day out. But if you are worried about charging – don't worry. Read our article on the top UK attractions with EV charging points.


Is it cheaper to charge at a charging station or at home?

It’s typically cheaper to charge your electric car at home, as public charging points can sometimes be costly. However, there are some free public charging stations available to use. By charging at home, you can also make the most of lower electricity rates at night.


How much does it cost to install a home electric car charger?

Carwow estimates that a standard 7kW charger costs around £500-£1,000 to install. However, the price will vary based on the provider you choose.

If you currently rent or own a flat, there is government support available. The EV Chargepoint Grant gives you up to 75% off the cost of buying and installing a charger, with a maximum of £350 available.

You could be eligible if you:

  • Own and live in a flat
  • Rent a residential property (including properties under the shared ownership scheme)


How big is the UK’s EV charging network?

Electric car charging infrastructure is constantly improving. According to ZapMap, there are 61,232 EV charging points in the UK as of April 2024. This has increased by 45% since April 2023.

The top charging networks in the UK are:

  • Shell Recharge
  • Pod Point
  • Connected Kerb
  • BP Pulse


How long does it take to charge an EV?

The amount of time it takes to charge an electric car will depend on a few factors. This includes the charger speed and the battery capacity of your car. However, some rapid chargers can top up your battery in as little as 30 minutes.


What are the different EV charger types?

There are a range of different types of EV charging available depending on how quickly you need to power up.


Slow charging – up to 3.6kW

Standard three-pin or five-pin plugs typically offer slow charging, meaning it could take up to 12 hours to charge your car. However, if you aren’t in a rush, it’s a great way to charge without the need to install a home charging station.


Fast charging – 7-22kW

If you regularly charge your car overnight, a fast charger is a great option. Most home chargers offer a speed of 7kW allowing you to power up in a matter of hours.


Rapid charging – 43-50kW

A rapid charger is the quickest way to charge the battery of an electric car. They are typically found in public places such as car parks and carry a premium price tag. However, they can help you recharge in as little as half an hour.


What are the different charger connector types?

The most common types of EV charger connector types are:

  • Type one – up to 7kW AC
  • Type two – up to 22kW AC
  • CHadeMO – up to 50kW DC



A tethered connection type means that the charging cable is permanently attached to the charging station.



Untethered means that you will need to carry the charging cable with you every time you need to plug in.


Longest range electric cars

EV technology is constantly advancing, which means that electric cars now offer longer ranges. The Mercedes-Benz EQE offers one of the longest ranges in the UK, with up to 441 miles (WLTP).

To explore long range electric cars, read our article on the UK’s longest-range electric cars.


What is the best electric car charger?

Choosing the best electric car charger for you will depend on your personal needs. From how quickly you need to power up to whether you want to charge at home or in public. With so many different charging options available, it’s never been easier to charge your EV.


Here for all your electric car needs

At Vertu Motors, we can support you throughout your entire electric car journey. From choosing the right EV, through to charging advice.

Did you know many of our dealerships are Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA)? In fact, we have more approved dealerships than any other UK motor retailer. EVA accreditation gives you confidence that you are dealing with electric car experts.

Find your nearest dealership and book a test drive today.

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