All you need to know about charging an electric vehicle
3 Easy Steps To Charging Your Electric Vehicle
Charging an electric vehicle is like charging any other electric device. See the three steps below:
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.
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 for you to plug your vehicle in.
Charge your vehicle
Most vehicles 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.
Having an electric vehicle 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.
Pod Point are our recommended wall box supplier who can help you choose the right charging unit for you and your vehicle. You may be also eligible for the Home Grant Scheme1 (up to £350 towards the installation of a home wall box).
Benefits of installing a home wall box
Installing a wall box within your home can significatly reduce charging time of your electric vehicle. 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 OZEV EVHS grant to reduce the cost of your home charger by £350
Want to know more about home charging and wall box installation?
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 - some points are even free, like the ones that Volkswagen have joined up with Pod Point and Tesco on now in many Tesco car parks.
Find out more information about the different public networks, their charging methods and payment
options by visiting Zap-Map.