Electric car charging
Whether you're on the road, at home or work, learn what options are available to you
Charging your car at home is simple with our partner chargers, then pairing with our energy tariffs will bring you the most affordable way to power your electric car.
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Plug into existing chargepoints or even a 3-pin socket
The smart cable that saves you money. Once set up it charges at the greenest or cheapest times, without you needing to do a thing. This cable is perfect with our Octopus Energy tariff OctopusAgile.
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We run a Vehicle-to-Grid project called Powerloop, which allows you to harness the power of bi-directional charging if you live in the UKPN. You can save up to £30 a month and get a free charger installed.
Electric Car Charging Types
Charging your vehicle can take anywhere from a 10-minute top-up to a full overnight charge, below you will find the different types of charges you can find in the UK, and how long they will take to charge your vehicle on average (this is dependent on other things using the same electricity source as you at the same time). All electric vehicles in the UK will be fitted with a Type 2 socket, this is a European standard for charging, other sockets are detailed below:
Slow Charging - 3kW
You can charge your EV using a standard three-pin plug socket. The speed is very slow, circa 3kW, but it’s useful for emergencies. We wouldn't recommend this type of plug for prolonged and regular charging, and advise you use a dedicated charger for those cases.
Fast Charging - 7kW
7kW chargers are by far the most commonly found, both in the public domain and at home. The one's out and about are know as 'destination chargers', typically found in places where you’ll park up for a while, like cinemas, hotels and shopping centres. These will charge a 40kWh Leaf from flat in circa 6 hours.
Fast Charging - 22kW
22kW chargers are becoming increasingly popular, however only a few vehicles can charge at that speed. Charging speed of an EV is governed by the in-car charger, which limits the amount of power that can be drawn from the chargepoint. This means that although it can be plugged in and used, the car will only draw it's maximum capacity - so for a LEAF, this would be 6.6kW. A 22kW charger can be installed at home if you've got a three-phase supply, which is rare. 22 kW chargers will charge a 100kWh Tesla Model S from flat in circa 5 hours.
Rapid Charging - 50kW +
These are for when you want a quick top-up of energy, such as when you're doing a long distance drive. These are dotted around the country, particularly along motorways, and are growing in number every day. A rapid charger can give a 40kWh Nissan LEAF an 80% charge from flat in 30-40 minutes. Types of sockets used for rapid charging:
CHAdeMO- these sockets are found on Nissan vehicles, and are capable of bi-directional charging which can help support grid capacity, you can learn more about our Powerloop project using this here
CCS- these sockets are found on most electric vehicles, and allow for rapid charging, as they earth the DC current and make it safe for the vehicle to accept, some rapid charging stations will have these adapters
Ultra-Fast Charging - 120kW +
More networks across the UK including Tesla Superchargers and the Ionity network are introducing over 120kW chargers to over double the speed of your out of home charging. With batteries in forthcoming electric vehicles, and a couple on the market already able to handle this charge, they will become more popular features on the UK charging infrastructure.