Where and how to charge
It is important to consider where you will charge your vehicle, data from chargepoint networks shows that over 90% of charging takes place at home. If you have off-street parking available, then installing a homecharger is a good choice. Costs start at just a few hundred pounds and the Government provides a grant to cover up to 75% of the cost of installation of a EV Home Charging point up to a maximum of £500.
If you do not have off street parking there is also a grant to cover on-street parking in residential areas. All you’d need to do is check with your local authority if they participate in this scheme.
The extensive and growing UK wide network of charging infrastructure, with over 12,000 connectors in over 4,000 locations according to ZapMap, provides coverage in many areas through subscription or pay as you charge services. Rapid chargers which can top-up a battery to 80% in 20-30 minutes are becoming more common – 96% of motorway services have a rapid charger.
You can also download the ZapMap app to get charging points on your phone and find your nearest charging point wherever you are – night or day.