How to charge Electric cars in UK

Key dependencies

Charging is dependent on the Charging rate, the plug type and whether an external provider has to be paid.

Charging at Home

The best way and cheapest to charge your Electric car is at home, if that’s possible, preferably using a dedicated Charging unit. It is possible to plug into a standard 13 Amp socket, but charging will be very much slower. Of course, if it’s while you’re asleep this may not matter too much.

Near Home Charging

Some Councils have started installing Street Charging and there may be a Car park with a Charger installed near your home. Example of On-Street parking.


Supermarkets are starting to install Chargers, so you may be able to Charge whilst shopping, the Charging rate will vary from location to location, but will often be free to use.

During a journey

Motorways and main roads are getting Chargers installed at Service stations and Coffee shops, these will generally require payment, some are very much more expensive than Home charging.

Plug types

Unfortunately, currently there are several different types of Plug.

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