Easy Charging

Powering up

There are three ways to charge: using a normal household socket, a wallbox or a public chargepoint. The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the charging point:

How long will it take to charge?

Home Charging

Home chargers
You can use either a standard three-pin socket or a dedicated EV charging wallbox. Both are easy but a wallbox is 30-60% quicker.1   

Don’t worry about the rain. Wallboxes are weatherproof and have built-in overload protection circuitry – so they’re safe to use anytime. And they switch off when your car is fully charged. It’ll help you get the cheapest electricity prices when you want to recharge. If you use an approved installer and have off-street parking, you could get a Government grant of up to £500 towards installation costs. And the installation company will do all the paperwork for you. You’ll also need a smart meter, which will help you get the cheapest prices when you want to recharge.

 

To find an authorised installer, click here.

Installation costs
Good news. You could get a Government grant of up to £500 towards installing a home wallbox. To qualify, you need to have dedicated off-street parking, a smart meter and use an approved installer. To find out more, search ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)’.  
No off-street parking
If you don’t have off-street parking, charging can be a bit of a challenge. But the public charging network is growing every day. And local authorities can help make life easier, too. They can apply for funding to create or add charging points in their area. Check what plans your local authority has. Or search ‘On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme’. 

Charging on the go

Public charging
You can plug-in to one of almost 20,000 public chargepoints in the UK.It’s one of the biggest networks in Europe. And it’s growing every day. 

Motorway driver? 96% of motorway service stations have rapid chargepoints. You could charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes –  a perfect time for a break and a cuppa.2

 

The Government wants to help more companies install charging points. So they’ve created the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). This could provide up to £500 per socket for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. To qualify, they need to provide dedicated off-street parking for staff. 

Subscription to Polar Network
With every purchase of a Vauxhall electric vehicle we offer a free 6-month subscription to BP Chargemaster's Polar Network (the UK's largest network of public charging points), and then just £7.85 a month thereafter.3 
Paying for charging
The nationwide public charging network is made up of different companies. They usually offer either a subscription service or pay-as-you-go. Or both. You may need more than one provider on your journey. So work out which method is best for you. Find out more here. 

Subscription: You normally pay a monthly fee. And most chargepoints will be free to use. Sometimes there will be a cost per charge or per kWh.

 

Pay-as-you-go: Mobile apps are replacing RFID cards (cards sometimes have an annual fee).4 There’s a £1 connection cost unless indicated. Rapid charging may cost extra.

Cost of charging
Charging costs vary. Depending on battery size, where you charge and when. At home, the average overnight electricity rate is 13p per kWh. So a full charge would be around £7. But you need to check your supplier and their tariffs. 
Public network charge stations set their own prices. So there’s a bit of variety. But electricity is much cheaper than the cost of petrol or diesel per mile.
Rapid charging
Want to power up quickly? Go for a rapid charger. You’ll find them at 96% of motorway service stations and they’ll deliver an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.2 You’ll sometimes have to pay extra for this speedy service. To find the nearest rapid charger, visit here. 

How-to videos

Electric Vehicle Charge Point Finder

Find your nearest charge points using our helpful map, and plot your journey from A to B to see how far the Corsa-e will take you on a single charge.