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How to charge your car

Charging an electric car is easier than you might think. With options to charge at home or out and about you are never far from a chargepoint.

Charging at home

If you are planning to recharge at home and have off street parking, you should get a dedicated chargepoint installed. A Government grant is available to cover 75% of the cost and there is a wide choice of chargers available. A dedicated chargepoint is safer and faster than a 3 pin socket. Most domestic chargepoints will provide 7 kW of power which will provide around 35 miles of charge in one hour making them ideal for overnight charging or topping up each day.

Public Charging points

There are lots of public chargepoints in the UK with more than 20,000 connectors already available and around 900 being added every month.

Fast chargepoints will generally provide the same charging times as a home chargepoint. 50 kW Rapid chargepoints can provide around 250 miles of charge in one hour which means that a 0 - 80% charge will take around 30 - 60 minutes for most electric cars.

The best way to find chargepoints is via Zap Map which shows the location, power output, and access methods for all public sites in the UK.

In York, the Council provides a range of Fast and Rapid chargepoints which are accessed via Charge Your Car. Both Fast and Rapid charging costs 15 p / kWh and parking is free whilst charging within stated maximum parking times. To view the network on Zap Map select ‘York City Council’. In addition there are a number of commercial chargepoint operators in York providing lots of choice and availability.