How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The amount of time it takes to charge an electric car is as varied as the different types of cars available. It can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. The length of time all depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point.

  • However, most drivers regularly top up their charge rather than waiting to recharge from empty.
  • Most electric cars are able to add up to 100 miles of range in 35 minutes using a 50kW rapid charger.
  • Therefore the bigger your car’s battery and the speed of the charging point will directly affect the amount of time it takes to charge.

So, to answer the question “How long does it take to charge an electric car?” you may consider measuring a piece of string.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

Every electric car comes with a different-sized battery. The capacity of a battery is usually expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh), which is a measure of the energy storage available. So to calculate how much it costs to charge your car, you can look at the cost of electricity (either at your home or at a public charging point) and calculate it by the size of your car’s battery.

For example…

a Tesla Model S. has a 100kWh battery. The average cost at a public rapid charging point in the UK is approximately 35p per kWh. Therefore the cost to fully charge the battery is £35.00 (100 x 35p). If you were charging at home, the average cost is more like 13p per kWh, therefore, the cost is a very reasonable £13 (100 x 13p). Considering that full tank of petrol/diesel for an average executive car costs on average £70-100, that’s a major saving.

How do I apply for the workplace charging scheme?

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a government scheme from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for electric car charge points to be installed at places of work.

The Workplace Charging Scheme is available to any business, charity or public authority which has off-street parking.

You won’t need to show evidence of the purchase of an electric vehicle, however, you will need to specify why it is needed for the business.

You can claim for up to 20 electric car charge points on the Workplace Charging Scheme but you can’t claim for charge points which have already been purchased.

It’s simple to apply…

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a simple voucher-based system.

Step 1: Complete an application form

Step 2: If your application is successful, you will receive a voucher code. (N.B. the voucher code is only

Step 3: Present the voucher to your OLEV-approved installer.

Step 4: The installer will arrange for the electrical car charger point unit to be installed.

To begin your application please click the link below

Workplace Charging Scheme application form

If you would like any further help or advice, please feel free to call us on 01254 970244 or email us at enquiries@evolutionsolutions.co.uk

How do I apply for the public charging fund?

The On-street Residential ChargePoint Scheme, sometimes known as the plug in car grant or public charging fund is a way for local authorities to apply for help with the purchase and installation of on-street charging points for residential use.

The plug in car grant is provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and is intended to increase the availability of plugin vehicle charging.

OLEV has allocated £4.5m for the years 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 which is dedicated to on-street residential projects.

Who can apply?

The funding is available to Local Authorities for eligible projects, however, they must have the support of the highways authority in the area.

The application process is open to all relevant Local Authorities throughout the UK.

You can find out more here

To begin your application please click the link below

Public Charging Fund application form

If you would like any further help or advice, please feel free to call us on 01254 970244 or email us at enquiries@evolutionsolutions.co.uk

Which charger will I need?

It’s a lesser known fact that electric cars can actually be plugged into a standard three-pin plug at your home.

That being said, most EV owners will have a unit attached to a wall, usually within their garage. These units are specifically designed for charging an electric car, and are commonly known as ‘wallpods’.

The big advantage of using a wallpod is that your car will charge faster than with a regular socket.

There are also more safety features with a dedicated charging unit and you can choose the level of power. Most home chargers are either 3kW or 7kW, which one you get will depend on the EV which you have purchased.

On average a 3kW unit takes between 6-8 hours to fully charge a vehicle on average, whilst a 7kW wallpod takes between 3-4 hours. When you are choosing your wallpod you will also have the choice between a tethered or a socketed unit.

Tethered Unit

A tethered unit comes supplied with a cable attached to the charger.

Socketed Unit

A socketed unit provides a universal socket within the unit, but it will require an additional cable which is compatible with your vehicle.

Purchasing a charging cable, even if you do decide to go with a tethered unit is really useful as you can then use it at other charge-points when out on the road.

We at Evolution Solutions install chargers which are suitable for all electric vehicles in the UK.

The Rolec range is designed to be compatible with all leading motor manufacturers’ Electric Vehicles and their communication protocols, this includes all types/modes of charging.

The WallPod: EV range is low-cost and offers full Mode 3 fast charging which is compatible with every Electric Vehicle on the market. It is available in a tethered or socketed version and is Rolec’s most popular home EV charging unit.

If you’re still unsure which charging unit to purchase get in touch with our friendly team who can offer you some no obligation advice.

01254 970244 or email us at enquiries@evolutionsolutions.co.uk

How much will it really costs to install a charger?

As little as £379!

With Evolution Solutions, a home charger can be purchased and installed for £379 (incl VAT) if your car qualifies for OLEV grant.

To see if you qualify click here

What does a standard installation include?

Prior to installation, we will visit your home to provide a fixed price for the installation.

We install our ChargePoints according to the IET code of practice, and we never cut corners for the sake of cost.

What’s included?

The chosen ChargePoint

A 10m cable to run from charge point to the consumer unit

An RCD protected way on the consumer unit, for connection of the charge point circuit

Surface mounting of cable – i.e. no conduit or chasing

Legal requirements

The ChargePoint must be fixed to the main property and able to utilise the property’s earthing arrangement

Property’s earthing arrangement must meet current regulations – we are required to check this by law (upgrades will usually cost extra)

No groundworks

The homeowner must comply with all current OLEV Domestic Scheme Terms & Conditions

What would cause the price to vary?

The price for charge point installation will vary if the above criteria are not met. We charge the additional work at cost.

Cable runs exceeding 10 metres.

A mini consumer unit c/w overload and fault current protection is required, as there is not sufficient space on the existing board.

Any additional mechanical protection required for the cabling, ie trunking, conduit, etc (not required under regulations);

Any cable chasing requested by the homeowner

Any ground works requested by the homeowner

The necessity to introduce an alternative earthing system, ie an electrode/inspection chamber

The necessity to install a high gain antenna in the case of poor GPRS signal.

How do I get an accurate installation price for my home?

Contact us at Evolution Solutions on 01254 970244 or email us at enquiries@evolutionsolutions.co.uk