At home, work, on the road, off street charging

Explore the different options available to you, to recharge your electric vehicle

The most frequent question our EV specialist receive is where and how can I charge my car?

Now, this depends on where you would normally park your car, on your private driveway or off-street parking? This page will take you through all the options available to charge your car.

At-home charging

There are two options available for electric drivers that have a driveway to recharge their car:

Option 1 – Charging cable from household

When you purchase your electric vehicle, you may be supplied with an electric charging cable, so you can plug it directly into your mains at home. This method will typically be slower and will take at least 24 hours to fully charge your car from 0 -100%.

However, if you top up your charge regularly, and do not let your battery run low, this time can be significantly reduced and save you the cost of a wall box charger.

Option 2 – Wallbox charger

If you find that you need something a little quicker, a wall box charger is always a good option as they charge a lot faster than a regular cable plugged into your mains. Wallbox chargers are available to buy from a variety of different companies which suit your car, desired charging speed and type of charger.

Below is the average time it will take to fully recharge one of our vehicles from 0 – 100% with a wall box charger, with a charge power of 7.4 kW. As you would expect the more miles each vehicle is capable of the longer the recharge time will be, due to a larger battery for the vehicle.

Brand

Model

Max distance

Time to fully charge

Renault

Zoe

245

9 hours and 25 mins

Vauxhall

E-Corsa

209

7 hours and 33mins

Citroën

E-C4

217

7 hours and 30mins

DS

DS3 Crossback E-Tense

217

7 hours and 33mins

MG

MG ZS EV

163

6 hours and 30 mins

Nissan

Leaf

168

7 hours and 30mins

Peugeot

E-208

211

7 hours and 30mins

No driveway? No problem!

There are plenty of solutions for the millions of people in households who are unable to charge their vehicles at home, however, there are solutions to keep you recharged!

Public Charging Stations

Zap-Map, is an electric owner's best friend, it shows a variety of charging points across the UK with information about each charging point, including charging speed and user reviews. Depending on the charging pod, some offer the first 30mins of charging free! The app even allows you to plan your route! If you plan to travel a long distance, the planner will factor in your make and model of car and the type of charging point you need and will work out when and where to charge your car.

Did you know that within a 5-mile radius of Toomey Southend there are 20 charging stations, not including the number of docks in each destination.

Charging at work

For those who drive to work, your workplace might already have charging points to charge your electric vehicle. If your workplace does not, talk to your employer to see if they’d consider it, they can even make use of the Government’s Workplace charging scheme to reduce the costs of installation. Click here to see more of the Government's scheme.

Friends and Family

It may be possible to ask family or friends to charge your car at their house, that way you can be on the driveway while you recharge your vehicle.

Cables across the pavement

If your wire is long enough, it may be possible to charge your car from your household to the pavement. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not obstruct the footway or any accesses. To do this safely it is recommended that, you complete the following:

  • Park your vehicle as close to your property as possible
  • The cable should run alongside the carriageway channel, against the kerb
  • The cable should not cross the carriageway
  • Your vehicle must adhere to any local parking restrictions
  • Using a cable protector is a suitable solution, to prevent pedestrians tripping over your wire or the wire being damaged from outdoor usage, it should be
    • Non-slip
    • Brightly coloured markings e.g. yellow
    • Anti-trip sloped slides
    • Tough constructions for outdoor use.
  • The cable should only be placed on the footway when the vehicle is charging and should be removed as soon as it is no longer in use.

You should be aware that if a passer-by is injured because of your EV cable, it is possible that you could face a claim from a personal injury lawyer. If you are concerned, it might be wise to check if your home or motor insurance policy covers you, in case this happens.

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