Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular on UK roads and it’s easy to see why. Firstly, they’re eco-friendly, emissions free and work hard to protect the environment. Secondly, they’re cost-effective to run. But if you’re eyeing up the great selection of models now on the market, you might be wondering about electric car charging points. Of course, there’s no point driving a vehicle that’s going to be a hassle to ‘power up’ so let’s look at this subject in more detail.
Unlike traditional models, electric vehicles don’t run on petrol or diesel. That’s the whole point. So, you won’t simply be able to pull into a garage and top up with fuel. The good news is, there are many charging points throughout the UK, with some areas having more than others. According to a recent study by Highways England, there are no rapid charging points in Devon, Somerset, East Anglia, Kent and North Yorkshire with one in seven motorways and main A roads in England being without efficient chargers. While this might seem concerning at a glance, great headway is being made considering the EV vehicle craze is relatively new and adaptations are needed. Research suggests there are indeed, 23,711 connectors across 8731 locations in the UK.This shows how EV charging points are making their mark and are sure to increase along with EV production.
Whether you live or work in London, driving an electric vehicle could be your most practical option. Not only will you avoid inner-city charges in London’s Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), but you can also enjoy easy charging. According to the same Highways England report, more than a quarter (26.1%) of all the country’s charging points are in Greater London.
When it comes to EV vehicles, it’s important to note that not all charging stations are the same. There are, indeed, three main types of charger: slow, fast and rapid. The type of charger you need all depends on the vehicle you own and the battery it has. If you’ve a Leaf or Tesla, for instance, it would take about 6 hours to complete recharge the battery using a fast charger. Fast chargers give compatible models 80% charge in 30 minutes. While a slow charger would need 11 hours to completely reenergise a Nissan Leaf, this would take an hour with rapid charging. Home chargers are either typically fast or slow, whereas rapid chargers can be accessed on-the-go.
It’s also important to note that there are different charging networks with different tariffs. You have to be registered with them to use them and that means seeking down a relevant charging point or registering with a new company quickly to avoid any further inconvenience.
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