Granted, banning diesel and petrol cars is likely to be one of the best decisions the motor industry has ever made, but there’s just one little problem: how long it would take to charge an electric car. Sure, we all gathered that charging an electric vehicle will take a lot longer than fuelling with diesel or petrol, but not everyone has the time to sit around and wait to hit the road again.
Since the motor industry is consistently introducing new and improved ideas of advanced design and technology, and since all car makers have been encouraged to build electric concept cars for the future market, it’s incredibly easy for motorists to become confused as to whether this will disrupt their day-to-day work routines. However, as far as we know, the method of charging your electric car in the future will be entirely your choice – not that there’s much of one to begin with.
Public Fast-Charging Locations
Considering public fast-charging points are typically the quickest way to top up your electric car’s battery if you discover it running low mid-way through a lengthy journey, these should be your first stop. On average, public fast-chargers are rated at 50kW per hour. Now, if we translate the waffle into terms that are easier to understand, we’re essentially saying that your electric car’s battery could go from being almost flat to around 80 per cent charged in roughly half an hour – which may or may not be as helpful as you’d like when you’ve already planned your journey to and from work. Although, since these have proven to be one of the quickest ways to top up the battery of your electric car, you’ll normally find them installed in motorway service stations and in certain public car parks.
Public Charging Locations
There are other normal speed charging points dotted around all over the UK that you can use to charge your electric car. However, since they aren’t fast-charging points, charging your electric car is bound to be a little more time consuming than if you were to visit a public fast-charging port instead. Standard public charging ports tend to vary between 7kW and 22kW of power each hour – though if you use a 7kW charger, you will be able to boost the range of your electric car by roughly 30 miles for every hour of charging. However, choosing a bulkier 22kW charger could mean that another 80 miles of range is added to your car’s battery within the same 60-minute time slot.
“It’s now actually possible to have wall chargers installed in your home or even your garage, too, and for motorists with limited time to charge their car’s battery throughout the day, a home charging point would be the best option”, Martin Hewes of Specialist Vehicles. “Unless you’re heading out mid-afternoon to venture the gridlocked line of rush-hour traffic that awaits you, then it’s likely you’d find this option one of the best. Instead of waiting the entire day to fully charge your electric car, a home charging point means that you can charge your car’s battery from the comfort of your own home, or even overnight too.”
Of course, with all things good in the world a costly price tag usually follows and that is exactly what to expect when you order a home charger to be fitted. Generally, wall chargers vary in price from below £300 to more than £1,000, however, the Electric Vehicle Homepage Scheme means that – if it’s completely necessary, that is – you can apply for a Government grant to cover 75 per cent of both the purchase and installation cost at most.