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We want to make EV charging faster, cheaper and greener for Britain’s drivers – which is why there are more than 300 EV charging points on the Electric Highway. If you’ve never charged your EV on the road before, or if you just need a little refresher, here’s how to charge your electric car using one of our EV charging stations.
The best way to charge your electric vehicle is to plug it in overnight to fully charge the battery at home, and top it up when you need to at one of our Electric Highway charging stations. It’s easy to use our EV charge points:
Our Fully Charged EV tariff gives you a cheaper green electricity rate, so you can save on the cost of charging your car at home. Plus, you get half price charging on all Electric Highway pumps. You can find out more here.
There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast, and slow. These represent the power outputs, and therefore charging speeds, available to charge an EV. Note that power is measured in kilowatts (kW).
Rapid chargers are one of two types – AC or DC [Alternating or Direct Current]. Current Rapid AC chargers are rated at 43 kW, while most Rapid DC units are at least 50 kW. Both will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending a battery capacity). Tesla Superchargers are also Rapid DC and charge at around 120 kW. Rapid AC devices use a tethered Type 2 connector, and Rapid DC chargers are fitted with a CCS, CHAdeMO or Tesla Type 2.
Fast chargers include those which provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which typically fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours. Common fast connectors are a tethered Type 1 or a Type 2 socket (via a connector cable supplied with the vehicle).
Slow units (up to 3 kW) are best used for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours for a pure-EV, or 2-4 hours for a PHEV. EVs charge on slow devices using a cable which connects the vehicle to a 3-pin or Type 2 socket.
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