Unlike Petrol and Diesel vehicles, you can charge an Electric car at a wide variety of locations. There are now far more charging points than Petrol stations. If you have a driveway a Home charger is the obvious and cheapest option. Again, unlike Petrol or Diesel don’t assume that you should fully charge. You can just top up as required and, unlike Petrol or Diesel, you don’t have to wait with the vehicle.
Home charging is the cheapest way to charge. It’s part of your domestic electricity, typically a quarter of the price or petrol or diesel fuel. However by choosing the right tariff, it can be very cheap indeed.
If you don’t have access to your own charger you may be able to book time on a neighbour’s charger. Check Co Charger for local neighbours who are willing to share their charger. This will be slightly more expensive to use than having your own charger.
Your local council may provide charging facilities, prices will vary. Check Google maps to identify locations.
Many places, such as supermarkets and pubs, will tend to provide free charging to gain your custom. However faster charging is likely to incur a cost.
Charging mid-journey costs vary significantly, much more so than petrol or diesel do. As ever, motorway services can be expected to be the most expensive. Ecotricity has a reputation for being both expensive and unreliable, however Ecotricity has now teamed up with Gridserve so should be a lot better with more and more reliable chargers.
However, there is no need to fully charge and, given how long the last 20% takes and now most can charge at home, there is no need to.
Destinations such as Hotels are having chargers installed, however many currently only have one or two so. Organisations such as the National trust are putting large numbers of chargers in their car parks.