Find out more about Charging Electric Vehicles


More than 90% of EV charging is carried out at home, through the night. It is often the most practical option and gives you the benefit of rarely having to visit a fuel station to fill up.

Charging at Home

It is important to have a suitable charger and ideally off street parking / garage.

There are many grants available for home chargers so this need not be expensive. Some vehicles come with free charger installation. Our friendly team of experts are happy to advise you on the charging options available with your chosen vehicle.

You can further reduce the running costs of your EV by setting up a suitable low-rate overnight tariff with your electricity provider. Electric Cars and Vans can often be set up to only charge at certain times so that you can take advantage of off-peak rates. However do be careful if you have to charge in the day outside your normal pattern – we have had instances of cars not charging because a timer was not turned off!


Workplace Chargers

Employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace car parks, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked.

The ability to charge at work can potentially double an EV driver’s all-electric daily commuting range and can be an essential factor in operating an EV as part of a fleet.

Government grants covering up to 75% of the purchase and installation costs are currently available, and some manufacturers are offering free workplace chargepoint installation.

Contact our team of experts at Fleetdrive Electric for a free, sustainable fleet analysis and to review the most suitable charging options available. Call us on 0330 303 2020.

For more information take a look at our Guide to Workplace Charging.

If you are running EV’s for a business you may wish to invest in some heavier duty or faster charging equipment which is available to lease or purchase. You may also wish to use the management software available to monitor the charging of vehicles for cost centres etc. We can help you explore the solutions available and further assist with specialist asset funding designed for higher cost installations. Some public sector operations may benefit from grants available. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


Public Charging Points

Electric car and van charging can be carried out in a few different ways, dependent on the type of vehicle and charge point available.

It is important that you know what types of charge point your vehicle can use, especially if you wish to utilise public charge points.

Read our advice sheet on ‘Knowing Your Connectors’and take a look at our tips on ‘EV Charge Point Etiquette’

Rapid Charging

Level Type Current voltage Approx charge time
Level 1 Charger Slow 3.5kw / 16Amp 8 hours
Level 2 Charger Fast 7 kw / 32Amp 4 hours
Level 3 Charger Sometimes Called Rapid 22 kw 1 hours
Level 4 Charger Rapid 50KW 400v / 80amp / 3 phase 15-30 Mins generally up to 80% charge

Discuss this article:

  1. Anthony Pound posted on January 26, 2016 | Reply
    More info on actual vehicle. Can you tell me if the Mercedes C Class C 350 e Sport Auto hybrid charges the battery when it runs on petrol/diesel fuel?
    • Suzi Kemp posted on April 27, 2016 | Reply
      Hi Anthony, Thank you for leaving a comment on our website. The Mercedes 350e Plugin Hybrid does slightly charge when running on petrol but only through regenerative braking. The electric battery is mainly charged through power from a wall socket as this is the most efficient way to reach full capacity. I hope this answers your enquiry. Should you require any further information please get in touch with our Ev experts on 01628 899720. Many thanks, Suzi
  2. mmarion posted on March 21, 2016 | Reply
    Hi there, do you operate out of Ontario Canada. Do you have a office in Canada . Wish we had a company like yours hear. To start the electric age. With the price of new EV not many are on the road.
    • Suzi Kemp posted on April 27, 2016 | Reply
      Hi there, Thanks for leaving a comment on our website. I'm afraid we do not operate in Canada as we are a UK based business. A website you may be interested in visiting is where you will find information about EVs in Canada. Thanks, Suzi
  3. Jimmy Tantra posted on July 26, 2017 | Reply
    Hi .. very interesting page. however, can anyone suggest a home install that would have the Level 4 Charger mentioned. Rapid 50KW 400v / 80amp / 3 phase 15-30 Mins generally up to 80% charge I cannot seem to find any and how much is the UK government grant? Any help welcome Thanks
    • Gemma posted on July 27, 2017 | Reply
      Rapid chargers aren't really installed at homes, they use DC (Direct Current) whereas homes run on AC (Alternating Current), the type of charger you need will also depend on the vehicle you have, not all EVs are able to rapid charge. It might be worth checking if you're eligible for the Electric Nation project, they are offering free home smart chargers to eligible EV drivers in the Western Power distribution area. Check your eligibility to take part here:
      The home charger grant is capped at £500. OLEV state: "Customers who are the registered keeper, lessee or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle may receive up to 75% (capped at £500, inc VAT) off the total capital costs of the chargepoint and associated installation costs."
      Hope that helps
  4. stephen bendorffe posted on August 20, 2017 | Reply
    Hi I am looking to buy a Mercedes B class electric and i know it doesn't have quick charge capability , unlike my current car a nissan leaf, However i was wondering if I could still use a rapid charger on the motorways ( with the car taking the charge at a much lower rate)? Thanks Steve
    • Gemma Pearson posted on August 22, 2017 | Reply
      Hi Stephen, The B-class has recently been discontinued. But you will be able to find a used one. You're right - this car cannot rapid charge. We think you could plug it in at a rapid charger, however you might be there for a very long time - so maybe this vehicle isn't the one for you. Rapid charging comes as standard on the Kia Soul and you can pay a little bit more for the rapid charge option in a Renault Zoe and other models often. If we can help at all - even if it's just as a sounding board just give us a call. Thanks, Gemma


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