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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?

There are many public charging providers, most of which have two different costs for use – one if you are a member of that network, and one for visitors. Members can usually benefit from lower tariffs.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINTS

There are lots of great websites and apps available to help you find your nearest charging point that allow you to filter by different connector types, networks, location, access and payment options – including free to use chargers:

ZAP MAP (CHARGER LOCATION APP / MAP)

BP PULSE

IONITY

SHELL RECHARGE

INSTAVOLT

GRIDSERVE

SMALL EDIT ON GRIDSERVE AND LOCATIONS.....

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHARGERS

There are three main types of charger:

SLOW CHARGERS

Slow chargers use alternating current (AC) rather than direct current (DC), which is then converted to DC by the vehicle’s onboard charger.

Charging speed:

3kW – 6kW

Time to charge:

Overnight

Electricity source:

Traditional three-pin socket.

FAST CHARGERS

Fast chargers (or type 2) also use alternating current (AC) which is then converted by the vehicle to direct current (DC). These are the most common type of charger.

Charging speed:

7kW – 22kW

Time to charge:

2–5 hours*

Electricity source:

Public charging stations

and home wall boxes.

RAPID CHARGERS

Rapid chargers use direct current (DC) meaning it’s quicker to charge the vehicle.

Charging speed:

50kW +

Time to charge:

80% in 50 minutes

Electricity source:

Public charging stations

ULTRA-RAPID CHARGERS

Ultra-rapid EV Chargers also use direct current (DC) and can charge your vehicle in 15 minutes. These high-powered charging systems can input 100 miles of range into your electric vehicle in just 10 minutes.

Charging speed:

100kW +

Time to charge:

1hr

Electricity source:

Public charging stations

*(depending on charger type and based on a car that’s powered by a 30kWh battery)

CAN ANY ELECTRIC CAR USE A FAST OR RAPID CHARGER?

Fast chargers can be used by all electric vehicles using their type 2 connector. Rapid chargers use a type 2 connector too, but some electric vehicles can’t transfer power to their batteries fast enough to support rapid charging and your car will automatically limit the power intake to its maximum capacity so it won’t harm your battery.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED LIFE OF AN ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY?

The average battery in an EV will usually last for around 10 years, although you may find some with a lifespan of close to double that. Their longevity will depend on several factors, however.

For example, if your battery is consistently exposed to extreme temperatures or is routinely overcharged, you may find its efficiency and shelf life is dramatically reduced. It’s believed that you can extend your battery’s life by keeping it charged at somewhere between 20-80% and trying not to let it fall below 50%.

HOW LONG DOES AN ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY LAST BEFORE RECHARGING?

The answer to this question will depend on various things – primarily the make and model of your EV. For example, the BMW i3 boasts a range of around 150 miles, whereas something like the Audi Q4 e-tron claims to be able to cover approximately 315 miles between charges.

Of course, recharging may be required more frequently if your car has been driven at higher speeds for longer periods. For example, driving on the motorway is bound to use up a greater amount of power than a short journey to take the kids to school.