Charging an electric car is very simple, yet for some people the idea can still seem daunting. That’s why we’ve put together our handy guide to charging, including which chargers to use and how to find chargepoints easily when you’re out and about.
Charging at home
Charging an electric car at home is as easy as plugging in your mobile phone. To make it even simpler, the Government provides a grant to cover up to 75% of the cost of installation of a dedicated chargepoint at home when you buy an electric car. Data from Chargemaster shows that over 90% of charging takes place at home, and even if you don’t have a garage or driveway, there is also a grant to cover on-street parking. All you’d need to do is check with your local authorities whether they participate in this scheme.
Charging at work
This is a convenient and cost effective option for many EV owners. As the number of electric vehicles on UK roads grows, more and more businesses are installing chargepoints for their employees as a way to boost their green credentials. Speak to your fleet manager to find out if your workplace will install a charger.
There are over 11,000 public chargepoints around the UK, and 96% of motorway service stations now have rapid chargers, so it’s easier than ever to find a chargepoint on the go. To find your nearest chargepoint, have a look at our map here.
Types of chargers
There are three types of charger; standard, fast, and rapid.
Standard chargers are able to charge an EV to full in around eight hours, usually done overnight. Fast chargers can fill up an EV in 2-4 hours, depending on the vehicle and the size of the battery. Rapid chargers are found at public chargepoint locations and can charge an EV to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
All chargepoints undergo rigorous safety testing and are installed by qualified electricians, so they are entirely safe. Using a chargepoint in the rain? Not to worry, all outdoor chargepoints are waterproof so they can be used, no matter the weather.
Charging an electric car is simple, and you can fuel an EV from just 2p per mile. To find out more about how much you could save by switching to an electric car, click here.
Since we launched our ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ initiative in May, businesses from all over the UK have been applying to get involved, and now 65 organisations have been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status.
These businesses include Transport for London, the University of Cambridge, Britvic and POD Point, and these are just a small portion of the businesses signing up to the new ‘green standard’ for business motoring.
The first 65 GUL Companies include a mixture of public and private sector fleets. The University of Cambridge is just one of five British universities signed up to the initiative, with its nine electric vehicles currently making up 9% of its total fleet. Britvic currently has 20 EVs on its fleet, and has plans to increase this to at least 50 by 2020.
Companies are leading the way when it comes to electric vehicle uptake, with more than 45% more electric cars registered for fleets in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2015. This means that businesses make up 72% of the EV registrations volume for the year so far.
To apply for Go Ultra Low Company status, just click here.
We know that electric car owners love their vehicles, but we wanted to find out just what it was about electric driving that meant the most to people. We asked our Go Ultra Low Owners’ Club to sum up as briefly as possible what their favourite thing about electric motoring was, and here are the top four things they picked:
1. They have ultra low running costs
- “The reduced running costs – no tax, free parking, low maintenance. All that and still out-performs many petrol/diesel cars” – Scott Docherty
- “Cheap as chips to run” – Mark Tebbutt
2. They’re smooth and relaxing to drive
- “Quick, smooth, fun, economical. In short, it’s electric!” – George Browning
- “The smooth, quiet ride.” – Martin Reilly
3. They’ve got instant torque and powerful acceleration
- “Hearing the birds in country lanes. Knowing I can go to see my grandson whenever I want without it costing the earth. Beating the sports car away from the traffic lights!” – Sheila Joynes
- “It’s brought the fun back into driving.” – Don MacDonald
4. And of course, they’re less polluting and better for the environment
- “Zero emissions.” – Mark Daly
- “I feel proud to own EVs and drive them around the beautiful North Devon countryside without polluting it! Low running costs, smooth and fun drive, it’s all just a bonus!” – Joanna Benbow
With running costs of as little as 2p per mile, savings on road tax, and excellent performance, it’s no surprise that more UK drivers are making the switch to electric. In fact, we just released figures showing another quarterly rise in plug-in car uptake, with 40% more plug-in cars registered in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2015.
Experience electric for yourself by booking a test drive here.
Motorists in the UK are buying more electric vehicles than ever, with the latest figures confirming continual quarterly rises in plug-in car uptake. The number of electric cars on UK roads has been steeply rising since the launch of the Plug in Car Grant in 2011 as more and more motorists realise that owning an electric vehicle means low running costs, savings on road tax, and an exhilarating driving experience.
In the second quarter of this year, nearly 40% more electric cars were registered compared to the same period in 2015, and this built on a 27.4% pick-up in the first quarter. Plug-in registrations have totalled 19,252 for the year-to-date, which is 4,500 more electric vehicles than were sold in same period last year. UK motorists are increasingly keen to make the switch to electric, as Renault ZOE owner Craig Nattress says: “I wish I’d converted sooner!”
Over 70,000 drivers have now switched to an electric vehicle. If you’re considering making the switch to electric yourself, book a test drive here: https://www.goultralow.com/choose-your-electric-car/
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