How long it takes to charge an electric car is one of the most frequently asked questions, all cars vary depending on use. Whilst filling up with Fuel takes a few minutes, the time it takes to charge an EV from low to full is much longer. However, it can be more convenient. Typically electric cars are charged when the car's not in use, like overnight at home, in the same way you would a mobile phone, or during the day whilst you're working.
How much you charge, or need to charge, will also change - with fuel, the majority of people drive their cars until the fuel gauge shows low on fuel and we fill the tank up to full again. With electric cars and the convenience of charging at home, you may find you 'top up' the battery each day as it's used rather than waiting for it to get low.
Another factor that may impact the number of times you need to charge your electric car or van is temperature. Lithium-ion batteries perform better in warm weather, so you might notice a slight drop in the range your EV can travel in the colder winter months.
In summary, how long it takes to charge an electric car depends on:
There are now batteries that can charge up to 250 miles in just 10 minutes.
Our Installation Experts install EV Charge Point. They are highly trained and experienced electricians and part of their role is to understand the world of electric vehicles and home charging, enabling them to assist with common queries during installation.
Each install is unique, but standard installs take around 2 hours on average. If we can’t complete on the day because of any unexpected extra works then we will reschedule an installation date at a mutually convenient time.
If your installation doesn't meet the criteria for a standard installation we can usually still carry out the installation but an additional cost may be incurred.
If this is the case, we'll carry out a free site survey and produce a no-obligation quote for the additional works. If the additional work is minor and it fits within your installer's schedule for the day we may be able to take payment from you and complete it there and then.
If there are significant additional works, we'll come back to you with a quote and if you accept, we will re-arrange the installation.
If you decide not to proceed, a full refund will be provided for any payment that you've already made.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's particularly important to clear any areas where your installer will need to work before they arrive. This helps minimise any close contact during the installation.
Electric Vehicle Charging 4U standard installation package for the Home charge Electric Vehicle Charging 4U covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following:
If you have a 3kW slow charger you can expect a full charge in around 6-8 hours, whilst a 7kW fast charger will only take 3-4 hours. If you’re planning on doing all of your charging overnight, or you drive a hybrid with lower power demands, then the 3kW option is the more cost effective choice. But, if you need faster charging then 7kW is the way to go.
The average cost to installing a home charging point is £1,000. However, the entirety of this cost may not come out of your pocket.
Electric vehicle owners can apply for a Government Grant towards the cost of the installation, as well as an additional amount of money from the Energy Saving Trust (EST). This significantly reduces the amount you pay for the installation.
Car charger installation consists of connecting the charge point to your electricity supply and installing it on your wall. For convenience, this will be located as close as possible to where you usually park your car.
In total, this process takes around three hours. Although you won’t always need to be on the premises, it does mean you can be shown how to use the charger and given a chance to ask any questions.
Prices including installation tend to range from (after contributions):
3kW electric car charger: £250 – £500
7kW electric car charger: £450 – £800
Currently, you can save money on the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargers, as the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is offering a £350 grant through their Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme. This was reduced from £500 to £350 on 1st April 2020, so further reductions may be on the horizon, check out the learn more link below:
Particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and other car pollutants harm human health. Diesel engines emit high levels of particulate matter, which is airborne particles of soot and metal. These cause skin and eye irritation and allergies, and very fine particles lodge deep in lungs, where they cause respiratory problems. Hydrocarbons react with nitrogen dioxide and sunlight and form ozone, which is beneficial in the upper atmosphere but harmful at ground level. Ozone inflames lungs, causing chest pains and coughing and making it difficult to breathe. Carbon monoxide, another exhaust gas, is particularly dangerous to infants and people suffering from heart disease because it interferes with the blood's ability to transport oxygen. Other car pollutants that harm human health include sulphur dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde. Noise from cars is also harmful, damaging hearing and causing psychological ill-health.
There are several ways that car and truck owners can reduce the effects of car pollutants on the environment. Old and poorly maintained vehicles cause most pollution from cars, but electric, hybrid and other clean, fuel-efficient cars have a reduced impact. When buying a new car, check the fuel economy and environment label. High ratings mean low pollution levels. Maximize fuel economy by removing all unneeded items, such as roof racks, and driving steadily, rather than accelerating quickly and braking hard. Keep your vehicle well-maintained, with regular tune-ups and tire checks, and leave the car at home whenever you can. Walk, bike or use public transportation when possible.