Charging Your Vehicle
At home and work
You can charge you electric vehicle through plugging into a standard 3 pin 230V wall outlet, this will take a long time to fully charge your vehicle, however another option is to have a Wall Box charger installed at your house or workplace. These can provide power from 3.6kW up to 22kW depending on the charger you get installed.
In public charging stations such as motorway service station, you can find rapid chargers that can provide from 50kW to 150kW of power, through networks such as tesla and polar. Rapid charger can charge most EVs, in 30 to 60 minutes.*
*Rapid chargers speeds are reduced once the battery reaches 80% to reduce damaging the battery.
Understanding your cars battery
An EVs or PHEVs battery life can be affected by many things, which is why it is important to understand what can reduce it. EV Manufactures do provide warranties against excessive charge capacity lose, however some of these warranties are better than others, as some cover batteries to a certain level of lost over a set period of time and some only cover complete failure.
What affects battery life?
The battery reaching high tempreatures - this could be from excess heat from charging or the physical temperature outside causing it to over heat.
Overcharging - this is combated by most vehicles and chargers, will not keep sending power the vehicle onces its reached its max charge.
Allowing the battery to reach empty and fully recharging - it is best to charge your vehicle as often as possible for shorter periods of time to reduce damage to battery.
Tips for maintaining your vehicles battery
Avoid extreme hot or cold tempreatures.
If leaving your vehicle for a long period of time, set a charge level to 50% and leave it plugged in.
Don't leave you battery sitting at 100% state of charge as it is stressful for the battery, unplug it as soon as possible once it reaches 100% (some cars and charges will cut out power when it reaches this point).
Set pre engine heating/air conditioning, this is a setting some vehicles have, where you can set your vehicle to turn the heating on while it is still plugged in for set periods of time. This is better for the battery and you will get more range out of it, compared to running the car with the hearing or air conditioning on at the same time.
Charging point grants
When buying a Wall Box charger for your home, you can receive a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) of up to £500. The grant is named the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and covers the cost of the charger and instillation.
To qualify for the grant you must meet the following criteria;
You must have purchased an eligible EV or PHEV vehicle from the 1st Octover 2016 onwards.
You must have off street parking
You must purchase a OLEV approved charge point and have it installed by an OLEV approved installed. See our partner pod-point.com for more information and purchasing a charger.
The date of installation must not be more than 4 month ahead of the date the customer becomes the registered driver, or ahead of the date of delivery.
Your vehicle must be a EV, or a PHEV with CO2 emissions bellow 75g/Km.
Grant for Scottish residents
The energy saving trust Scotland provides a grant of up to £300 through the Scottish Government. With this and the EVHS grant, Scottish residents can save up to £800 on purchasing a Wall Box charger.