Electric Vehicle Charging Map
Discover thousands of 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.
The EnergyBillKill Guide to Electric Car Charging
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 tips for EV charging
- Plan your journeys
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.
- Search for the fastest 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.
- Install a wall box at home and work
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:
- The Government OLEV grant – 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.
These schemes are open for 2020.
- Be mindful of your range
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 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 will fall quickly. This will increase the need for you to charge and only bring inconvenience to your EV ownership experience.
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