Electric Car Charging FAQ’s

What Electric Vehicle (EV) charger should I go for?

There are so many out there. But the main deciding factor for many people is aesthetics. It will be at the front of your house, so you want it to look good. Some are small and discreet, while others are stylish in design.

Why do I need WIFI or an App on my smart EV charger?

Electric Car chargers are now much more than just a car charger. If you can communicate with it, you can set the time you charge your car, which is useful if you are on a cheaper overnight tariff.

Some Apps show you how much energy it is using to charge your car and estimate the cost. It also allows you to lock and unlock your charger easily.

How far can the EV charger be from my house?

They need to be connected to your mains power supply. So, the further you get from that the more it will cost. This is the main consideration when planning where to put it.

Can I use the electricity I get from my solar panels to charge my car?

Yes, you can use your surplus solar energy to power up your electric car.

How much will it cost to charge my electric car?

It varies between different energy suppliers, but below is a quick snapshot of recent prices. (April 2021).

Octopus Energy (Octopus Go)

Standard charge: 25p/day or £2.50 for a single charge.
Peak rate: 13.45/kWh
Off-peak: 5p/kWh

EDF Energy (GoElectric 98)

Standard charge: 27.91p/day or £4.50 for a single charge.
Peak rate: 18.06p/kWh
Off-peak: 9p/kWh

Ovo energy (EV Everywhere)

Standard charge: 28.77p/day or £5.17 for a single charge.
Peak rate: 17.78p/kWh
Off peak: 10.33p/kWh

E.On (Fix and Drive)

Standard charge: £5.45 for a single charge.
Peak rate: 20.67p/kWh
Off-peak: 10.9p/kWh

What do electric cars cost to run?

Electric cars have much fewer maintenance costs than petrol cars, as there are fewer moving parts which can go wrong. Electricity is also cheaper than petrol, so they are cheaper to drive per mile.

Will I be eligible for any government grants?

You may be eligible for the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Grant. This will get you £350 off your installation. All you need to get the grant is an OLEV electric car and have a private off-street parking place.

How long will it take to charge my car?

It totally depends on the battery size of the EV car you have chosen to buy. But many EV chargers take as little as 4 hours to charge.

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