‘How do I charge an electric car without a driveway?’ And more of your questions answered

How much does it cost to run an electric car? How can I get a charging point when I don’t have a driveway? Are they really better for the environment?

These are just some of the many questions you have been sending us about electric cars, and with more and more manufacturers investing in and developing these vehicles, more questions are being raised.

This week the government announced it is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Milton Keynes 'Mushrooms' Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

Milton Keynes ‘Mushrooms’ Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

Business correspondent Theo Leggett and transport correspondent Tom Burridge have been answering some of the questions sent to us by BBC News online readers.

Phil: How much does it cost to put an electric charging point in your home?

Tom: The first thing to note is that the government provides a grant of £500. A basic charging unit can cost around the £700 mark so in that case you would have to pay the remaining £200.

However the price of installation can vary depending on how far the charging point is from the mains supply.

Faster charging units can cost around £1,500 (minus the £500 grant).

If you don’t buy a charging unit you can still charge your car from your mains supply using a simple bit of kit provided by the car manufacturer, but it will charge more slowly.

Read more: BBC

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