Electric cars: How to charge them, how much it costs and how long it takes

A guide to the costs and options for charging your EV

2020 looks set to be a massive year for electric cars. Several major manufacturers have either already launched new EVs or have models due to go on sale later this year.

On top of that there are rumours of a Government-backed scrappage scheme that could offer incentives to switch to an electric car. There are also suggestions that the drop in traffic-related pollution during lockdown could encourage more drivers to switch to zero-emissions motoring.

Some of the biggest questions around EVs, besides how far they can travel, are around charging – how much it costs, how long it takes, and where you can charge your EV.

The answers to all these questions depend on a variety of things, including the size of a car’s battery, the type of charger it has, where you’re charging and even the brand of car.

How much does it cost to charge an EV?

How much it costs to charge an electric car is dependent on a number of factors.

The first is the car itself. Different cars have different battery capacities and in some cases, such as the Nissan Leaf and various Teslas, the same car can come with a choice of battery capacity. The larger the battery, the more electricity it will hold and the more it will cost to charge it but the further you’ll go on a single charge.

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Comments (2)

  1. Paul M


    number one advice: always have a plan A, B and C.

    for example…

    Plan A: tried charging at the CCS Combo, northbound side of the M1 at Leicester Forest East. pump 1038 was out of action, not a surprise as Zap Map reported it so, no matter how many times tried it failed.

    Plan B: Came to Donington, and the EH didn’t want connect and charge, took a few goes but eventually got it charging.

    Plan C: charging closer to my destination in Long Eaton where there’s two chargers.

    Plan D: charging near Nottingham where there’s a few chargers.

  2. Paul M


    I think it would have been far more useful to say that:
    * charging off a uk mains plug at ten amps will add nearly ten miles of range in an hour

    * charging off a dedicated thirty amp home or destination charger will add up to twenty-five miles range in an hour

    * charging off a public rapid dc charger at fifty kilowatts will add up to hundred and eighty miles range but in practise because charging slows down, maybe one hundred and twenty miles.

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