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3 types of EV Charging

Home Charging

Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge EV accounting for 80% of all charging done by EV drivers.

Government grants are available for the installation of a home EV charger, but the installer must be OLEV registered to claim.

Most electric vehicles can be charged at home using a standard EV wallbox which should be fitted by a qualified electrician. A wallbox is safer and quicker than using a domestic socket, as it communicates directly with the car and charging times are reduced by 30%-60%, depending on the vehicle. 3 kW or 7 kW EV chargers are standard for the vast majority of installations.

Public Charging

In the UK, there are a growing number of public EV charging points, with some offering national coverage and others only found in specific regions. The major UK wide networks include BP Chargemaster [Polar], Pod Point and Charge Your Car.

When it comes to public charging for longer journeys, rapid charging is recommended. This can provide up to 80% of charge in as little as 20 minutes, making it the quickest means of EV charging in the UK. Public EV charging stations are mostly installed and found at motorway service stations or close to major roads. The most common rapid chargers used are 50 kW DC.

Workplace Charging

An increasing number of businesses are installing EV charging units for employees and visitors with electric vehicles.

Workplace charging stations help make electric vehicles viable for business users with longer commutes and must be installed in the company’s car park or off-street parking. While EV charging stations are similar to home based units, power ratings tend to be higher with more 7 kW and 22 kW units installed. Business units are often double socket, allowing them to charge two vehicles at the same time. When combined with home charging, workplace charging can double the daily electric range of a vehicle, making use for longer distances viable.

Olev, Regs & Training

OLEV Grants

Find out about the eligibility for each scheme and how you can help your customers get the financial support they are entitled to

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IET code of practice

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Looking to become an EV Charging Station installer? Check out our training courses with the NICEIC and City and Guilds.

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