Electric Vehicle Charging

Where to find charging points or maps for electric cars?

You can find charging points on the OpenChargeMap. OpenChargeMap pinpoints places where you can charge your electrical vehicle 

How to find charging points across the UK?

The UK government has pledged investment in Britain’s electric car charging network – with a vision that no electric vehicle (EV) owner should be more than 30 miles away from their nearest charge point. In the meantime, please feel free to use OpenChargeMap to find the electric vehicle charging station near you. OpenChargeMap is a fantastic tool to find the best charging points. Please enter your postcode below to start.

Should my business get an electric car or van? 

Your business should consider getting an electric car or van because they are both commercially attractive in operation and fantastic for the environment.

An ongoing global shift in environmental responsibility and the way we consume energy is changing the way we look at how we travel. “How can we get there cleaner?” is the mindset, and electric vehicles are the best answer we have right now on the road.

Electric vehicles emit no CO2 and consume no fossil fuels. Someone in the city would call them ‘smog-free’. The only question marks over their environmental credentials are how sustainably they are made, and how the electricity that powers them is generated. These, of course, are factors out of your control as a consumer.

And so, the purchase of an EV is a sound one from an environmental standpoint. They are clearly better for the environment than other options.

Top 5 tips for charging your electric car and planning your trips

1. How to plan my e-car trips?

Whether you’re commuting to work or planning a family road trip, plan your journey with stops for charging. Use an app like OpenChargeMap to locate charging points.

2. What are the fastest electric car chargers?

50kW and 100kW rapid chargers are common at service stations now. Refer to your manufacturer’s handbook to find out the maximum power your battery accepts and make a note of all the max capacity chargers in your area.

3. Can I charge my electric car at home? 

If you can, install a wall box at home or work. 7.5KW wall boxes are relatively inexpensive now and there are two schemes to reduce the cost further:

4. How can I get government money for my electric car?

You can get government electric car grants through a number of programs:

  • The Government OLEV grants – this is for homeowners and grants you £500 towards the cost of a home charging point.
  • The Government WCS workplace charger scheme – this grants you 75% off the cost of purchase and installation with a capped price of £500 per socket.

5. Should I worry about electric cars’ travel range?

You should not be very concerned about electric cars’ travel range because the latest models are approaching petrol and diesel car travel ranges. At the same time, if you are planning a long trip, then identifying all the charging stations along the way is a good idea.

The quoted WLTP range of your EV should give you a good idea of what to expect, but external factors can reduce it.

Cold weather is the biggest issue for electric car travel ranges because it takes longer for the battery to reach its ideal operating temperature. Your driving style is also important. If you drive hard a lot of the time, your range may fall quickly. This will increase the need for you to charge and only bring inconvenience to your EV ownership experience.