Guide to Electric Car and Van Charging points
Probably the biggest change in using an electric vehicle (EV) is filling up with energy at a much slower rate than with traditional fuels.
Pumping petrol or diesel into a car is an equivalant rate of a Megawatt compared to C 1.8KW from a domestic charge point. This requires a change in approach to getting energy into your vehicle. The good news is that there are outlets for electricity everywhere. Consequently you have many opportunities to hook up to a charging point for many of the hours that your EV is not mobile.
Probably the most common option. It is essential that you ensure what you use as a charge point to plug into is up to the job. Generally most EV's charging interfaces are smart enough to sense what current is available, however many want to operate at 16 amps rather than the normal 13 amp rating for a domestic socket.
In all cases we recommend you get a properly qualified electrician to look at your proposed charging set up. There are a number of options to have a properly designed and installed charge point at home. To keep costs down this would generally be wall mounted and cost C £500. A number of utility companies are offering an installation service for domestic charge points including EON ( who cover London ) and British Gas.
It is possible to get faster charging at home with an uprated device such as this one from Pod Point.
There are a number of schemes available. We are in the process of providing a comprehensive UK wide map of electric vehicle charging points however probably the best point of contact in any area is the local authority sustainability officer.
Many public charging points require you to use an (RFID) card to access the point. At present these are in a number of schemes which work OK in a localised area such as Source London , Chargemeaster network ( Milton Keynes, Oxford, Cambridge and London), Charge your car in the Northeast and a few others.
|Level||CurrentVoltage||Approx Charge time||Costs||What can you charge with it|
|ESVE Lead||Domestic socket10anps240v||10hours||Free with early cars - £350 + VAT on Renaults||Most cars and most existing public charge points - Charge points installed after April 2012 have to have EV Menekes socket only.|
|Level 1 Charger||16 amp240v8-||10 hours||From £600||Just about all vehicles with Menekes socket|
|Level 2 Charger||32 Amp240v4-||6 hours||NA||NA|
|Level 3 Charger||64 Amp240v1-||2 hours||NA||Renault Zoe when it appears and Kangoo ZE series 2 - however check restriction on warranty|
|Level 4 Charger||CHADEMO70 Amp400v||20min to 80% of capacity||From £9000+VAT||£20k Nissan Leaf use it as much as you like - Mitsubishi/Citroen/Peugeot Limited usage due to warranty|