Electric Charging Points across the UK

As electric vehicles (EV) are becoming increasingly popular, the availability of charging points is crucial. Knowing where your nearest charging point is will ensure that you never run out of battery. 

Across the UK, in over 15,500 locations, there are more than 42,000 charging points. It comes as no surprise that Greater London has the largest percentage of Electric Vehicle Charging points with 32.3%. 

Charging points are mainly located in supermarkets, shopping centres, public car parks and service stations. Around 1300 supermarkets have at least one charging point available and the vast majority of service stations have electric chargers installed. Motorway service stations usually have rapid chargers which will charge your EV up to 80% in 30-40 minutes. If you’re a long-distance commuter or want to go on a road trip then this will benefit you. Make sure you plan before you set off, so that you’re aware of the charging points on your route. 

It’s good to know the types of charging points and the connector types that are compatible with your car. There are 3 types of charging points: Slow, Fast and Rapid. Below is a chart showing the types of chargers, power ratings, approximate range of miles, and the features of the connectors.

Slow and Fast Charging

 
 

Rapid Charging

 
 

So how much will charging your electric vehicle cost you? Batteries can vary in size, so the charging price will fluctuate. Not only does the size of the battery impact the cost, but the type of charging point and location will have an effect as well. 

Based on the average battery size of an electric vehicle, 60kW, and the car having approximately 200-mile range here are the charging costs at different locations:

Charging from Home: Costs about £9.20 for a full charge. The average electricity rate for charging your car at home is around 17p per kWh.

Charging at Work: Employers may have charging points installed at your workplace, typically they will offer free use throughout the day.

Charging in Public Locations: Supermarkets and shopping centres will have public charge points that you can use for the duration of your stay.

Rapid Charging: These charging points are usually found at service stations on the motorway. These usually cost £6.50 for a 30–40-minute charge which should give you approximately a 90-mile range. 

To encourage and help you buy a brand-new electric vehicle the government is offering grants when purchasing a low emissions vehicle. They are also providing other schemes such as the EV Home Charge Scheme where the government will contribute towards the purchase of a home charging point; but don’t delay, as it has just announced that this scheme will come to an end in March 2022. For businesses and local authorities there are schemes in place to help them install charging points at workplaces and any on-street charging installations as well. Click here to read more information on grants and schemes available. 

Written by Perrys | 4 min read
28 Jan 2022

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