HOW TO CHARGE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

CHARGING EV AT HOME

Did you know that 90% of LEAF owners charge their electric vehicle at home 99% of the time?

You can use a normal 3-pin plug socket, although we’d recommend that you use a dedicated circuit for charging your car, as some home wiring isn’t designed to cope with such heavy loads. The 3-pin EVSE cable is supplied with the LEAF, and is limited to 10 Amps current, which means that it will take 12-15 hours to fully charge from 0-100%.

A better, and possibly tidier solution, is to get a dedicated home charge point installed. These are supplied by various companies, such as Pod-Point, Chargemaster, The Phoenix Works and Rolec. The advantage of a dedicated car charger, is that they can operate at either 16A or 32A, which reduces the time required to charge the vehicle to around 4-5 hours (if both the vehicle and charger can operate at 32A / 6.6kW).

If you’d like one of these fitting at your house, there is a government grant of £500 towards the installation of a chargepoint, subject to qualifying criteria. If you buy an electric vehicle from Chorley Nissan, we would arrange the installation for you.

PUBLIC EV CHARGING

There are now more public charge points in the UK than there are petrol stations, which should give you some confidence regarding making those longer trips.

Public charge points are provided by different companies, many of whom have set up their own networks. Sometimes, the electricity is provided for free, sometimes not, but generally speaking the cost is still low.

There is a very good website called “Zap Map” which documents the location of all chargers in the UK, together with details of any access cards or payment required. I won’t try to reinvent the wheel with this one – just head over to their website, or download their mobile phone app, and check it out yourself.

RAPID EV CHARGING

Most Nissan dealers, and almost all motorway services in the UK have Rapid chargers which are capable of charging the battery from 0-80% in as little as 30 minutes.

If you buy a Nissan LEAF or eNV200, then you can use the chargers at any Nissan dealership in the UK for free (subject to a fair use policy of 3 times per week).