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Electric Vehicle Charging There is no doubt that electric technology is leading the way in motoring. As more and more motorists look to make the change to electric or hybrid power, one of the most common concerns is charging.
Here at Johnsons, we want to reassure you that charging an electric or hybrid car is just as easy as filling up at the pump, so we have provided a guide that answers all your questions on charging your vehicle at home, in public or even at work.
Charging types A study conducted in 2019 found that there are now more electric vehicle charging stations than petrol stations in the UK. The steady transition to electric/hybrid technology will increase further as more and more manufacturers focus on investing in new models using it. Broadly speaking, there are three types of charging which vary in charging speed, time, range and accessibility. Here is a round-up of those three options and the differences between them.
Slow chargers Slow chargers use power sources up to 3kW to charge. Depending on the size of your battery, achieving a full charge using this type of power source can take anywhere between 6-12 hours. Because of the time taken, slow chargers are primarily used for overnight charging at home.
Fast chargers Fast charge points produce power between 7kW and 22kW and are probably one of the most common types of charger currently available in the UK. Because of the increased voltage, fast charge points are able to achieve a full charge in most electric vehicles in around four hours. They are ideal for home use.
Rapid chargers The quickest type of electric vehicle charging currently available in the UK are rapid chargers. By far the fastest way to charge your electric vehicle, they use 43kW to 50kW of power to achieve an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes, which will give you a driving range of up to 200 miles depending on the model.
How to charge Of course, charging an electric vehicle is different from filling up a fuel tank but, if anything, it is easier. Simply connect the power source to your carport and when you return to your vehicle, you will have more charge than you left. Of course, you should always check the charge cables are in good working order and only ever use the correct attachment.
Charging at home The most convenient place to charge your vehicle is at home. If you have off-street parking then charging is a cinch. In theory, you can park your car on your drive and plug it in via a standard outlet as you would with any domestic appliance. A standard home powerpoint would effectively offer a slow charge. However, many people choose to install a dedicated home charging point which provides the opportunity to have a fast charge point. There are lots of Government grants and incentives available designed to encourage EV use, so it may not be as costly as you think to have one installed. Plus, it will negate the need to run the cable through a front door or open window.
Charging at work Similar to charging at home, the outlets available will determine your options. However, it is fair to say that many organisations and property managers have begun to explore the options for installation of electric charge points. Which means more and more workplaces will have dedicated electric charging stations for staff.
Charging in public There are currently over 28,000 charging points across the UK and that number is rising daily. Public charging means you can recharge on the go. Supermarkets, retail parks and gyms are just a few places that you will regularly see dedicated fast-charge stations available. These convenient and easy to use charge stations are designed to fit in with your daily routine and cause minimal disruption to your day. There is certainly to need to worry about battery charge on long-distance journeys either as high power rapid chargers (42-350kW) can now be found in motorway service stations up and down the country.

Total UK Connectors (Dec 19):

East Midlands: 1,682 (5.9%)

East of England: 1,777 (5.9%)

Greater London: 7,461 (26%)

North East: 1,067 (3.7%)

North West: 2,168 (7.5%)

Scotland: 3,762 (13.1%)

South East: 3,874 (13.5%)

South West: 2,276 (7.9%)

Wales: 939 (3.3%)

West Midlands: 1,654 (5.8%)

Yorkshire: 1,469 (5.1%)

Others: 637 (2%)

Contact Us If you have any more questions about electric vehicle charging or would like to explore or test drive any of the electric vehicles we have available, please contact Johnsons today.