EV Charging Stations
An electric vehicle charging station, also known as an EV charging station or an electric car charging point, is a unit that supplies electric to recharge plug-in electric & hybrid cars. Here at City Plumbing we have access to the UK’s widest range of OLVEV-approved EV charging stations...
EV Charging Points
Different charging speeds
Help & Advice
What is an EV charging station?
An electric vehicle charging station, also known as an EV charging station or an electric car charging point, is a unit that supplies electric to recharge plug-in electric & hybrid cars.
There are three types of charging speeds - slow, fast and rapid. Charging speeds are measured in kW.
Slow units can charge up to 3kW and are most effective when the user can charge through the night. Using this charging speed a pure electric car can take somewhere between 6-12 hours to charge, and PHEV 2-4 hours.
Fast chargers generally charge plug-in electric and hybrid cars in three to five hours, providing power at around 7kW-22kW.
As expected, rapid chargers charge electric cars the quickest (around 30-40 mins for an 80% charge) and can be split further into rapid and ultra rapid charging speeds. Rapid charging points are the most common type of charging point and charge at 50kW DC. Ultra-rapid charging points on the other hand charge at over 100kW. Both types of charging speeds cover DC charging.
Who can install EV charging stations?
Only registered electricians can install and sign off the installation of an electric car charging point, in accordance with the latest 18th edition wiring regulations
What funding is available?
The OLEV grant is a government-funded grant for electric vehicle charging points. The grant provides up to £500 off the cost of buying and installing a domestic charging station.
Most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market are eligible for the OLEV grant, and homeowners are able to claim one charge point per vehicle and two vehicles per home.
In order to qualify for the grant homeowners must; have off-street parking, install an OLEV-approved chargepoint & the chargepoint can not be installed more than four months before the date the car will be delivered or the date the homeowner will become the registered driver of the approved car.