One of the common reasons people give for not making the switch to an electric car is the thought of running out of battery. But thanks to an growing network of public chargers, innovative home charging solutions, and many workplaces offering charge points, it’s becoming an unlikely issue.
From plugging in at the shops to installing a wall-box at home, discover the ways you can keep your car topped up.
Charging your car at home is as easy as charging your phone or laptop. In fact if you only use your electric car to travel short distances, chances are you may never need to use a public charging station. Similar to when you plug in your phone, the battery will charge quickest up to 20%, and then slow down after it reaches 80% to protect its longevity.
You can plug your car into charge using a regular three-pin domestic socket. Domestic plugs run at 2.3kW and will charge a ŠKODA CITIGOe iV in just over 16 hours and a ŠKODA SUPERB PHEV in around five.
For faster charging you can install a specialised wall-box, provided you have access to off-street parking. Wall-boxes are more powerful than a domestic socket and will charge a CITIGOe iV in 5.5 hours. The SUPERB PHEV charges in just 3.5 hours via a wall-box.
Since 2009, Pod Point have installed more than 3,000 charging bays across the UK. Their experts are there to guide you every step of the way. You’ll get a pre-installation consultation and a demonstration of how to use your home charger. Pod Point include a three-year warranty on the installation and apply for an OLEV grant on your behalf which could save you up to £500.
Charging while you’re out and about simple and cost-effective. The ever-expanding network of charging points means there are now more charging stations in the UK than petrol stations. Paying to charge is easy thanks to the numerous pay-as-you-go and subscription models on offer.
Direct current, known as DC, is offered at many public charging stations and is the quickest way to charge your electric car. DC reaches speeds of up to 50kW, which is more than ten times faster than home chargers. DC will charge a CITIGOe iV from 0-80% in just one hour.
Your employer may see real benefits from installing a charging station where you work. By applying for the Workplace Charging Scheme, they could receive a grant which knocks £300 off the installation price for each bay they put in.
*The CITIGOe iV can be charged from 0% to 80% in one hour if it has a Combined Charging System (CCS) and it is charged via a rapid charging station (DC). The CCS comes as standard on the SE L trim and is an optional extra on the SE trim.