How do you charge a Hybrid or Electric car?
Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can be charged at work, or at thousands of public chargers, such as at supermarkets or service stations. You can find out a bit more about how each works below.
Electric car charging FAQs
Q : How to charge an electric car at home
A : It’s best to get a home charge point installed, as it will charge your car about three times quicker than a three pin plug. A home charge point from Pod Point is weatherproof and also smart WiFi enabled, so it can keep track of your charging costs.
Q : How much does it cost to install a home charge point?
A : Good news, there’s a £350 OLEV government grant available to help with the cost of a home charge point. So, for a standard installation, our partner, Pod Point, can supply and install a home charge point for as little as £450 for a 7kW charger.
Q : What type of charger do I need at home?
A : You can choose a 3.6W or a 7W charger. The 7 W charges faster and is ideal for full EVs, while the 3.6W is suitable for most plug-in hybrids.
Q : How can I charge my car in public?
A : There are more than 20,000 public connectors in the UK at more than 7,000 locations, and that number is rising every day. Many public chargers can be found in town centres, supermarkets and motorway services.
Q : How do I pay for public charging?
A : Some public chargers are free, but many require payment. Different chargers can be run by different networks, and each will have slightly different ways of charging. But generally, it’s as simple as having an app on your phone and selecting the charger you wish to use.
Q : How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
A : This varies by battery size and when and where it is charged. The average overnight electricity rate in the UK is 13p per kWh, so to fully charge a Kia e-Niro from 0% could cost around £8.30. Public charge point costs vary by network, but are still substantially cheaper than petrol or diesel per mile.
Our Electric Cars
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How long does it take to charge an electric car?
That’s a good question. And the answer is, it varies massively depending on the size of the car’s battery and the charger being used. Let’s use the Kia e-Niro as an example. The Kia e-Niro 64kWh long range EV can drive up to 282 miles on a single charge.
It’s incredibly rare that you charge from 0%. The majority of the time, when you plug your car in at home or in public, you’ll likely be topping up. If you did want to charge from 0% though, it would take just over 10 hours to get a full charge at home on a 7kW charger. If you are on the move and running low on power, you can charge from 0 to 80% in less than 1 hour from any of the 30,000+ charging stations in the country.
Electric car charging myths
An electric car could massively reduce your running costs, but is it right for you? To help you make an informed choice, we’ve dispelled some of the most common EV myths.
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