Electric vehicle charging

For those that are new to electric motoring, knowing how to charge your model is key. Here’s our guide to charging your plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

How do I plug in?

Many electric models have a charging point, which is often located at the front of the vehicle. Plug the power cable into this socket and connect it up to the power supply, either at home or at a public charging point. You may need two different cables for your vehicle – one for normal or slow charging (Type 1 connector) and one for fast charging (Type 2 connector). Vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have two sockets for these different supplies.

What are the different types of charging?

There are three different types of charging: normal or slow, fast and rapid. Normal or slow charging refers to a 3kW socket – the kind you use at home for other electric appliances with a three-pin plug. Fast charging units such as a home or public charging device delivers 7-22kW, while rapid chargers offer 43-50kW.

How long does it take to recharge?

The time it takes to recharge your vehicle depends on the power supply. Using a normal charger, a full charge from empty will typically take around eight hours. Fast chargers take around half that time, usually between three and four hours, while rapid charges can replenish the battery to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.

How much does it cost to charge my vehicle?

The cost of charging largely depends on the model you have and the power source you’re using. For a car with a 60kW battery and a range of around 200 miles, a full charge at home can cost as little as £7.80. Public charge points at supermarkets and car parks are often free of charge for short periods, while rapid charging points – found at motorway services – cost around £6.50 for 30 minutes.

To find out more about electric and hybrid vehicles and how to charge them, contact us at Birchwood Group today.

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