Plug-in and get on with life
Public electric car charging points can be a super-convenient way to top-up when you’re on the go. Just plug your car at one of the many, convenient public charging points across the UK and let your electric car top-up while you go about your business. Some councils and local authorities even provide parking concessions while you’re charging.
Speeds of charging
The public charging network has a wide range of charging speeds. Depending on your need you could choose between slow, fast and rapid chargers.
Most slow chargers have a rating of 3 kW. Which is similar to plugging into a 3 pin socket at home. You would typically find these chargers on lamp posts near parking bays. You can recover about 10 to 14 miles per hour with a typical 3 kW charger depending on your vehicle.
All the fast chargers are of AC type, they are usually rated 7 kW, 11kW and 22kW. The AC power is first converted into DC power by an onboard converter in your car, which limits the speed at which you can charge your car. Most vehicles have a 7kW or 11 kW onboard converter.
You can recover about 25 to 30 miles per hour with a typical 7 kW charger depending on your vehicle. While with a 22 kW charger you can recover about 75 to 90 miles per hour.
The rapid chargers are typically 43kW AC chargers or 50 kW and above DC chargers. The most popular ones are the DC chargers and some automakers such as Tesla have invested in their own super charger networks.
As technology improves, automakers are launching newer models that can take more than 200 kW of charge.
You can recover about 150 to 210 miles per hour with a typical 50 kW charger depending on your vehicle. While with a 100 kW charger most cars would be fully charged in less than an hour.
More ways to charge
With more charge points than filling stations and with ability to charge at home, work, out and about and on the motorway, you don't need to sweat about charging.