There’s two ways to charge at home. Use a standard three-pin socket or a dedicated EV charging wallbox. Both are easy but a wallbox is 30-60% quicker.1 There are loads of companies making wallboxes – so it’s worth shopping around.
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)’.
If you’re one of the first to reserve a New Corsa-e, you’ll get a free home charge unit worth £800*.
You can plug-in to one of almost 20,000 public chargepoints in the UK.2 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 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).3 There’s a £1 connection cost unless indicated. Rapid charging may cost extra.
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.