Electric Car Charging

You can charge your electric or plug in hybrid car at home using a home charging point, or you can use one of 30,000 public chargers in over 11,000 locations. In fact, there’s now more charging points in the UK than petrol stations!

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

There are many public charging providers, most of which have two different costs for use – one if you are a member of that network, and one for visitors. Members can usually benefit from lower tariffs.

Electric vehicle charging points

There are lots of great websites and apps available to help you find your nearest charging point that allow you to filter by different connector types, networks, location, access and payment options – including free to use chargers:

Different types of chargers

There are three main types of charger:

Slow
 chargers

Slow chargers use alternating current (AC) rather than direct current (DC), which is then converted to DC by the vehicle’s onboard charger.

Charging speed:
3kW – 6kW

Time to charge:
Overnight

Electricity source:
Traditional three-pin socket.

Fast chargers

Fast chargers (or type 2) also use alternating current (AC) which is then converted by the vehicle to direct current (DC). These are the most common type of charger.

Charging speed:
7kW – 22kW

Time to charge:
2–5 hours*

Electricity source:
Public charging stations
and home wall boxes.

Rapid chargers

Rapid chargers use direct current (DC) meaning it’s quicker to charge the vehicle. For Nissan and Mitsubishi models, they use a type of rapid charger known as CHADeMO.

Charging speed:
50kW +

Time to charge:
80% in 40 minutes

Electricity source:
Public charging stations

Ultra-rapid chargers

Ultra-rapid EV Chargers also use direct current (DC) and can charge your vehicle in 15 minutes. These high-powered charging systems can input 217 miles of range into your electric vehicle in just 10 minutes.

Charging speed:
100kW +

Time to charge:
15-30 minutes*

Electricity source:
Public charging stations

*(depending on charger type and based on a car that’s powered by a 30kWh battery)

Can any electric car use a fast or rapid charger?

Fast chargers can be used by all electric vehicles using their type 2 connector. Rapid chargers use a type 2 connector too, but some electric vehicles can’t transfer power to their batteries fast enough to support rapid charging and your car will automatically limit the power intake to its maximum capacity so it won’t harm your battery.

Charging at home

We’ve partnered with ScottishPower to help you switch to an alternative fuel vehicle with charging solutions to suit your needs.

ScottishPower produces 100% green electricity from its own UK windfarms, meaning you can power your EV with clean energy, too.

Find out more