By 2035, all new cars and vehicles sold in the United Kingdom must be fully electric, but their popularity is already on the rise. For those considering the switch, you may be wondering how to charge an electric vehicle (EV) and whether you can have a charging point installed at your property. Here’s everything you need to know.

How are electric vehicles charged?

While there are now lots of electric vehicle charge points across the UK, the easiest way to ensure you have enough power left in your car is by installing an EV charger at your home. This should always be completed by a qualified electrical contractor trained in this service, ensuring the charging unit connects to your mains power supply.

The charger often consists of a weatherproof unit with a charging cable compatible with your car. It’s a bit like charging your mobile, but for vehicles! EVs usually come with either a Type 1 or 2 connector, so your charger will need to match.

You can also charge electric cars at dedicated points around your local area, and many workplaces now have chargers installed onsite, especially where commercial vehicles are used.

Where is an electric vehicle charger installed?

When you work with a professional electrical contractor, they’ll be able to assess the suitability of potential electric vehicle charging points at your property.

While you can top up anytime, many people prefer to charge their car or van overnight, so it’s best to think about where your vehicle is usually parked. You’ll want to put convenience at the top of your priority list to ensure the charging process remains practical. Popular EV charger sites include garages and driveways near a wall for mounting the charging unit, giving you access to extra power whenever you need it.

The EV charger installation will take several hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the job.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Luckily, using a home electric vehicle charging point is one of the fastest ways to charge your car, and it also comes with in-built safety features. How long it takes to charge your vehicle will depend on the size of its battery and the speed of the charger you have installed.

Most people choose to connect their vehicle overnight to ensure enough hours to charge it up, but you can often add plenty of miles of power in about half an hour with a rapid charger.

You can also ask your electricity supplier about whether they provide cheaper rates at particular times of the day. Some have lower price tariffs at certain times, such as late at night. The EV charging unit should automatically stop once the battery is fully topped up, but many cars will allow you to set a cap if you want to set an upper spending limit.

Book your EV charger installation

At DTEEC, we offer electric vehicle charger installations across areas of London and Surrey, including Balham, Earlsfield and Morden. For a free quote, call now on 020 8395 5990 or 07957 964 088.

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