Electric Car Charging

Charging your electric car

Charging an electric car is not that much different from filling the tank of a petrol or diesel vehicle, but with one big advantage: you can also do it at home.

You can find public chargers at places such as supermarkets, car parks, and motorway service stations. Many employers provide charging points at their premises. And in addition, you can have a charging point installed at your home (depending on suitability), for easy charging overnight and any other time your electric car is not being used.

The easiest way to find a charger near you is to use an app, like that provided by Zap Map.

3 easy steps to charging your electric car



  1. Find your charging unit

    This could be a home wall box, a charging unit at your place or work, or a public charging unit. Then find the charging port on your vehicle. Ensure you are using the correct port for the charging unit, this could be AC or DC.

  2. Connect the charging cable

    Usually home wall boxes and AC chargers don’t have a cable included so you can use the charging cable that comes with your vehicle. If you are using a DC charging station, the cable will be attached to the unit ready to plug into your vehicle. 

  3. Charge your car

    Most vehicle will produce a light or signal to confirm they are charging so once you see this you can lock your vehicle (if you are leaving it) and allow it to charge. Please refer to your vehicle guide for model specific charging times.

Home Charging


Having an electric car gives you the ability to charge your vehicle with ease and at a time that suits you from the comfort of your own home. You can use a domestic three-pin socket to charge it however, it is recommended that you install a home wall box.

Our recommended wall box supplier Ohme, one of the UK's leading providers of electric vehicle charging, can help you choose the right charging unit for you and your vehicle. No wonder they've been voted the Best Electric Charging Point Provider by Business Motoring for two years.

Benefits of installing a home wall box


Installing a wall box within your home can significantly reduce charging time of your electric car. Take a look at some of the other benefits below:

Schedule a charge when it's cheapest

Charge your vehicle up to 10 times faster than a 3-pin plug

Potential to improve the value of your property

Charge your vehicle at a time that is convenient for you

Wide range of home charging products available

Potential of EV charging point grant (OZEV) to reduce the cost of your home charger

Frequently asked questions about charging electric cars at home

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Charging points and charging times

When you drive an electric car, you have a range of options for charging its battery. Instead of being limited to a petrol station, you can charge at home, at work, or at a charging point – some of which are free. Where you charge and for how long will affect the amount of range added, and the cost.

At home

If you have a home charger installed you can fully charge your battery with maximum convenience. Some suppliers even offer tarrifs with lower electricity prices at night for you to take advantage of. 

At work

More and more employers are installing charging points in company car parks. These will usually be slow chargers which take the whole working day (8-10 hours) to fully charge the battery.

At a public charging point

Public charging points can be often be found in places you would be driving to: supermarkets, shopping centres, public car parks and hotels, for example. Most of these chargers will be free to use, though they may limit how long you can connect or require you to be a customer. These chargers will usually be fast or rapid.

Charging speeds

How long it takes to charge your electric car can vary depending on the size of the battery, the distance driven between charges, the type of charging plug used to connect, and the type of charger. 

There are four main charger types, essentially defined by their potential charging speeds:

  • Slow (up to 3kW AC)
  • Fast (7kW - 22kW AC)
  • Rapid (43lW AC or 50 – 100kkW DC)
  • Ultra Rapid (100kW - 350kW DC)


These charging capabilities will be displayed on the charge point unit.

Electric car charger types

There are 5 different charging plugs. Which one you use will depend on your electric car and the power rating of the charging point:

  • UK 3-pin- For charging at home from a domestic socket. Very slow (30 minutes to add approximately 5 miles range) and for safety reasons not recommended.
  • Type 1 - No longer common in new electric cars. Adds approximately 12 miles range per 30 minutes of charging.
  • Type 2 - Becoming the standard European solution. Adds approximately 75 miles range per 30 minutes of charging. All Volkswagen Group electric vehicles use type 2 charging plugs. 
  • CHAdeMO - An older type of rapid charging plug, compatible specifically with Japanese vehicles. Adds approximately 85 miles range per 30 minutes of charging.
  • Combined Charging System - The most versatile connector and likely to become the DC connector standard. Adds around 85-200 miles range per 30 minutes of charging.

Charging on the go

There are now thousands of public charging stations across the UK including motorway service stations, supermarkets and car parks.

Each public charging point is owned by a charge point operator which means there are plenty of ways to pay for them, from pay-as-you-go schemes to subscription models.

Find out more information about the different public networks, their charging methods and payment options by visiting Zap-Map.

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