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17 May

Electric Vehicle Charging: What Do You Need to Know?

by Simon Thompson
 

There are currently more than 40500 charge point connectors across the UK in no less than 15064 locations – which means there are now more public electric vehicle charging points UK than there are petrol stations!

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

If you are used to a petrol or diesel car then you will be used to being able to fill your car up in a few seconds – however electric vehicles can take much longer. However, it can actually be more convenient, as you can charge them when the car is not in use – such as when you are at work or asleep at home at night.

How much you need to charge your electric car will change depending on factors such as how often you like to charge it? You might be someone who waits until it is nearly empty to charge it, or someone who tops up each day rather than waiting for it to get low.

Another factor that might influence how often you charge your electric car is temperature! Lithium-ion batteries, for example, perform better in warmer weather – which means you may see a drop in the range your electric car can do in the winter as compared to the summer months.

What types of electric vehicle charging stations are there?

When it comes to electric vehicle charging station UK there are four main types:

  • Slow – these tend to have a maximum of 3.6kw available and can take six to twelve hours to charge a pure electric car
  • Fast – these tend to be anywhere between 7 to 22kw and can take between 3 and 7 hours to charge a pure electric car depending on the car’s battery size
  • Rapid – rapid chargers are quicker than fast as they are around 43kw or more and are capable of charging electric cars to around 80% in 20 to 40 minutes (depending on how big the battery is and how much charge it has to start with
  • Wireless – this is not available in the UK yet, but it is likely to appear over here in the future – so watch this space

If you are interested in purchasing an electric car, and want to find out more about electric vehicle charging UK then please get in touch with the D-ENERGi team as we can not only help you with electric vehicle charging but also make sure your energy tariff is the lowest it can be too.