Name any car maker, and you can be sure that it has electric cars available to buy or in the near future. With the announcements that sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, the electric car market is set to grow considerably in the coming years.
Currently, you can buy an electric car from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Cupra, DS, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Polestar, Porsche, Renault, Skoda, Smart, Tesla, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo.
A most convenient way to charge your electric car while parked on your driveway. You can charge your EV overnight, so it's ready for use each morning. Charging overnight is, in most cases, the cheapest time to recharge.
The cost to charge your electric car with a 60kWh battery and 200 mile range is about £8.40 for a full charge. You can shop around for a cheaper electricity tariff to cut the cost of charging your electric car at home.
To offset the cost of electricity, you could rent out your driveway to other electric car owners so they could park and charge their electric car.
If you are one of the less lucky EV owners who doesn't have off-street parking, there's support available from your local authority. Local Authorities have access to UK Government grants to install on-street residential charge points to allow residents to safely and conveniently charge their electric cars.
The on-street residential charge points are installed in or onto lamp posts or as free-standing or pillar units positioned near to the kerb.
You may need to sign up to a tariff or a subscription in order to charge your EV using your local on-street residential charge point.
Here's another opportunity for you to rent out your off-street parking space with charging point to other EV drivers and make some extra money.
Having a charge point at your business premises will become increasingly important as more people embrace electric cars. Offering charging points to your employees, visitors, and customers can be beneficial.
Most employers offer free access to workplace charging points.
An invaluable opportunity to charge while shopping or to extend your journey distances in EV mode.
Public charging networks offer slow, fast and rapid charging options. Access to these charge points, costs and requirements vary. You may need to use an RFIC card, a mobile app or pay using a contactless card payment.
Public chargepoints at supermarkets or car parks are mostly free to use for the duration of your stay.
The fastest public chargers - called Rapid Chargers - use DC (Direct Current) to charge your car at much faster speeds than a home charge point is capable of.
To start charging your car from a charge point, plug in the charging cable to your car. If there is no charging cable, just a socket, use a separate charging cable to plug one end into your car and the other end into the charge point socket.
Rapid charging points, mostly at motorway service stations, cost about £6.50 for a 30 min, 100 mile charge.
Did you know that the Tesla Supercharger Network has chargepoints across the UK free to use for Tesla EV owners?
There sure is.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is a grant that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation.
Yes, there is. It's called the Workplace charging scheme and is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. Find out more
Yes, thousands. Free EV charging points are located in supermarkets, shopping centres, public car parks, hotels and sometimes service stations.
Check if there are any restrictions in order to charge your electric car for free - a set period of time or in-store purchase.