In the UK, around 80% of all electric vehicle charging is done at home. This is the most convenient and cost-effective way to charge. Charge your vehicle overnight and you wake up every day with a ‘full tank’, so you don’t have to worry about stopping for fuel when you’re in a rush on your way to work.
The best way to do this is to get a home chargepoint installed – there is an OLEV government grant available to help you with the cost. A dedicated chargepoint will charge your car much faster than using a normal three-pin plug – it’s safer too. Most chargers – like those from our partner Pod Point – are smart and Wi-Fi enabled. This means you can keep track of how much you’ve spent on charging – useful for invoicing your travel costs. It can even help you save money by charging at those times of day when electricity is cheapest. For our fully electric cars, charging from 0-100% takes 9 hours 35 minutes at home, although it’s very rare you will be charging the battery from empty – the UK daily average mileage is 20 miles while the Soul EV and e-Niro have a 280 and 282-mile range respectively. Our plug-in hybrid models take 2 hours 15 minutes to fully charge.