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How to Charge Your Electric Car

Having the know-how when it comes to charging your electric car will make life a whole lot easier. Plus, the more you know in advance, the quicker you can reap the benefits of electric vehicles!

Today, we’re going to give you a complete rundown of how to use a charge point correctly. This way, you’ll be perfectly clued up when it’s time to pull into your drive in your EV. Or, if you’ve already treated yourself to a glorious new motor, you may just require a little brushing up on your knowledge.

How to Charge Your Electric Car

So, it’s important to remember that charging your electric car doesn’t always have to be done at home. There are several ways to charge your car when you’re out and about, so look out for public charge points at supermarkets and retail parks for on-the-go charging. However, let’s begin by discussing the most common and accessible form of charging for an EV: a domestic chargepoint installed at home.

Charging your electric vehicle at home

First things first, you’ll need to get a charge point installed in your home! If you’ve not already taken this step, then don’t be afraid to get in touch with us for advice or simply put in an order. You can charge your EV with a standard 3-pin plug but a dedicated charge point means better charging speeds and a higher safety guarantee. There are generally two charge points you can choose from: a 3.6kW or a 7kW. 7kW charge points offer much faster charging but you should research which will be right for your vehicle.

The fitting will take around 3 hours and our installers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Once everything is installed, you’re good to go! Simply plug in, wait for your car to charge and get driving. We like to think of charging your EV in the same way as charging a phone. You can top up as and when you need to – when you’re out and about at the supermarket for instance – but plug your car in overnight at home for a full, effective charge.

Charging your electric vehicle on the go

As we mentioned earlier, there are many ways to charge your car if you’re not at home. Of course, it’s always handy if you have friends and family with their own charge point. You can also plug your electric car into a standard 3-pin plug but this is slower and not as safe as a proper charge point – we call this ‘trickle charging’. Check apps like Zap-Map to find public charging points. This can be incredibly handy if you’re planning a long journey in your EV.

You’re likely to come across slightly different charge points when you’re out and about. For example, Rapid Chargers are often placed at shopping centres or motorway services to directly charge your vehicle’s battery in a much quicker and more effective fashion. The public charge points, from your perspective, work in the same way. However, the internal technologies mean you’ll get a quicker charge. Who can complain about that?! It’s always worth researching before you embark on a long journey or nip out for the day.