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WHAT IS THE OLEV GRANT? The OLEV Grant is to encourage car buyers to opt for an electric vehicle, OLEV offer a cash payment to help with startup costs. If you own or rent an electric vehicle, you could receive up to £500 towards the cost of buying and installing an electric charge point. HOW DO I KNOW IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE? The manufacturer, as well as the installer of your charge point, need to be authorized by OLEV for a successful application. To qualify for the OLEV Grant you need to meet the following criteria: You have off-street parking. Your property is within the UK. Your vehicle is eligible for the grant. You are the registered keeper or primary user of the vehicle after 1 April 2015.  You can provide evidence that you own or lease an electric vehicle (even if you haven’t received the vehicle). ELIGIBLE VEHICLES HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR THE £500 GRANT? The OLEV Grant is actually applie


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EV Charging



How to charge your electric car

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.

How to charge your EV

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:

  1. Download the Electric Highway app. You’ll need this to charge your EV on the Electric Highway. It’s easy to download and set up – you can find out more about how it works here.
  2. Find your nearest pump and check its status. You can use the app to find your nearest charging station, and check if it’s available to use.
  3. Charge your EV. You’ll need to check your EV manual to see which type of charger is compatible with your car. Once you know which charger you can use, you can start and stop charging via the Electric Highway app.
  4. Pay via the app. Your payment details will be stored in the Electric Highway app when you first set it up, so paying for each charge is quick and easy.

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.

Type of Charge



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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