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Guide to EV & Charging

Our tips for charging your electric vehicle


(EV) Electric vehicle charging information is important to the ownership of a vehicle. All vehicles have a variety of cables, power units and connector types.

There are three types of charging, Slow, Fast and Rapid Charge.

Slow Charge (up to 3kW)

These are generally used for overnight charging at home with a 3-pin plug socket or Type 2 socket. They can take between 6 – 12 hours or 2 – 4 hours for PHEV (Plug-In Electric Vehicle).

Fast Charge (up to 7kW – 22kW)

These work from a charging point with a Type 1 or Type 2 socket and take around 3 – 4 hours.

Rapid Charge (up to 43kW – 120kW)

EV vehicles can charge this with either AC or DC (Alternating or Direct Current). At present, all Rapid AC chargers are rated at 43kW but most are at least 50kW. This is obviously the fastest way to charge any EV vehicle and most EV vehicles will give you 80% charge in around 30 – 60 minutes. Tesla Superchargers have Rapid charging and fitting with CSS, CHAdeMO or Tesla Type 2.

Type Cost / kWh Cost to charge Cost per mile
Home 14 p / kWh £4.62 3.2 p / mile
Public Rapid Charge 30 p / kWh to 80% Charge £7.92 5.4 p / Mile
Vs Petrol or Diesel Cars n/a n/a 12 – 15 p / mile
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