N.E Electric Cars - Information Point
HOW DO I CHARGE IT UP?
Most charging is done at home using either a 13amp portable charger or a dedicated wall unit.
Many workplaces are fitting chargers (ask them to do so, grants are available).
There are grants available (OLEV) to cover most of the cost of home chargers, £500 is the current grant level. Dealers often include the remainder of the cost, around £250. Fitting must be done by qualified professionals, such as POD Point, Eo charging and many more. You cannot run cables over a pavement or road.
If you live in a place where you couldn’t use a home charger, you can use public chargers.
To find public chargers, use the ZAP MAP app, available from the app store onto your smartphone, tablet or computer. Its free and tells you where charge points are, get it before you switch, and become familiar with locations.
Zap-Map shows all public charge places in the British Isles. There are several organisations fitting and running chargers. Some you just tap the screen with your credit or debit card, others you need to sign up for online and use an app. For some you purchase an annual card. Prices vary from free, in Scotland, some in Northumberland, and some National Trust properties, to about 30p per kWh. There are 3 speeds:
All have their uses, rapids are the most expensive, but most useful. Ultra rapids are now starting to be fitted, delivering up to 350kW to suitable vehicles.
Your electric car makes least overall emissions and pollution if you use renewable electricity. Good Energy, Ecotricity, Ovo, Green energy and Octopus supply this along with many others. Many have a cheaper tariff designed for electric car charging.
See also - ‘Electric cars aren’t green’ - debunking a myth!