What Are The Costs to Charge an Electric Car or Van?
Electric cars and vans (EVs) are taking the world by storm and in the UK, this is no different. Luckily for you, as well as providing a range of electric vehicles to lease online here at AVL, we also offer advice about all things EV.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at charging your electric car or van, cover a few of the major talking points when it comes to the EV race, and answer some of the most popular questions about electric vehicles in general.
We’ll cover everything from charging your EV at home to where to find a charging point near you, charging your electric car or van in car parks, and how to install your very own charging station. Hopefully, this will all help you make as much of an informed decision as possible when it comes to leasing your own electric car or van.
Let’s jump in with charging at home, and how you do it.
Charging at Home – How Do You Charge an Electric Car at Home UK?
All you need is a wall charger and a driveway or garage, essentially somewhere off-road, to park your electric car. There are two plugs you need to be aware of when it comes to charging your electric car at home, and most electric cars in the country use a Type 2 Connector. Older cars use a Type 1 Connector, but these are pretty uncommon.
You can also use a standard 2.4kW wall socket but this will mean incredibly long charge times, up to 35 hours in some cases, which obviously isn’t ideal or much of a permanent solution.
Which Wall Charger is Best For Me?
There are lots of wall chargers out there to choose from, so it’s best to do your research. An untethered wall charger, for example, means more work on your behalf when it comes to plugging your car in as you’ve got to find the lead and plug it in every time. However, an untethered charger does come with both Type 1 and Type 2 adapters attached to one lead, which could be of benefit for some drivers, but not many.
A tethered charger, on the other hand, has a power lead constantly attached. As you might imagine, this means more convenience for drivers because you can simply plug straight in when you arrive home.
Then there’s smart chargers, which just like smart central heating, you can use remotely via an app on your phone or tablet. You can monitor your car and see how much juice it’s getting with a smart charger, and in some cases, you can even charge it remotely via the app.
Electric Car Charging Station Installation Cost UK
The cost of installation varies depending on your EV model and brand, and the wall charger you decide to go with. Typically, however, you’re looking at somewhere in the range of £450 to £1200 for the full installation.
Different chargers come with different wattages, starting at 3.6kW and rising to 7.4kW, and the latter provides a much quicker experience than the former but comes with a higher installation cost.
You can also use a standard three-pin plug to charge your vehicle, but it will take absolutely ages and isn’t really a permanent solution. Ideally, then, you need to get a wall charger installed if you’re looking at charging your new electric vehicle for the long-term in a cost-effective way.
It also probably goes without saying that the more powerful the charger, the more it’s going to cost to run as well as install. While this might make the more affordable option more appealing, please be aware that a cheaper wall charger will mean a much slower charge, so it’s probably worth the extra cost when you compare the pros and cons.
Your electricity tariff costs will also increase when you choose to charge your EV at your house, so that’s also worth bearing that in mind before you decide on a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle. However, the cost of running an EV is so much lower than even the most fuel efficient of traditional vehicles, so that should definitely figure into your calculation, too.
Do I Need a Driveway to Charge My Electric Car at Home?
Yep. Well, you definitely need some form of off-road parking if you want to charge your electric car or van at home. This can be a driveway or garage and is simply because you need to be able to get a power lead to your vehicle from your house.
You don’t want to be trailing wires across the pavement as it’s not only an obvious trip hazard, but damage could be done to your leads. The council or even the police might also get involved and take issue if you go down this route, which nobody wants.
How Many Electric Charging Stations Are in the UK?
A popular alternative to charging your electric car in your garage or driveway is using one of the many charge points available across the country. As of 2021, there are more than 42,000 charging points in over 15,500 locations in Great Britain.
This number is actually more than the amount of petrol stations in the country, so you’ve plenty of places you can park up and charge. Most charging points give you the option of choosing between fast, regular, and slow charging, and there are also “rapid” and “ultra-rapid” chargers available.
Charging Points – How Do I Pay?
The number of networks is on the rise, and there are currently 30 different companies to choose from. However, none of them accept cash and very few accept card payments. So, if you’ve found yourself asking, “how do I pay for charging my electric car?”, you more often than not need a pre-registered RFID card created specifically for that network, as well as the corresponding app or access to the network’s website.
Electric car charging fees can be a bit tricky to begin with compared to simply putting in diesel or petrol fuel and paying on the forecourt, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a doddle. Especially if you own a Tesla, because they have their very own network which will be made available to you upon purchasing your new EV.
What are Electric Car Charging Rates?
EV charging points prices vary depending on a number of factors. The network, the EV model you’re driving, and where you charge your car, all come into play, however, there are general prices you can expect to pay.
For example, if you’re hoping to fully charge a 60kWh EV, this will set you back somewhere in the region of £9 and £10, depending on where you live and the network you use.
Can I Charge My Electric Car in a Car Park?
Yes, you’ll find lots of charging points in UK car parks and it’s free to charge an EV in many of these locations. However, there are generally restrictions in place such as how much charge you can use or time you can spend there.
You’ll also find EV charge points at most supermarkets, but most of them come with the requirement of having to buy something from the supermarket while you charge. All in all, there are plenty of charge points available to choose from and plenty of ways to spend your time while you wait for your car to get some juice.
Get in Touch or Browse our Electric Cars Today
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With discounts and daily special offers available online, there are lots of savings to be made when you lease an EV, and you can compare a range of prices and models right here on our website.
We’re experts in the field and offer a massive range of electric vehicles available online, with delivery available to almost any British location. We make choosing the perfect electric car or electric van as simple as possible thanks to our experience in the industry and expertise of the best models and manufacturers.
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