Charge types From slow charging at home to rapid charging on the road, there are many EV and PHEV charging solutions. This page will help you find the most practical solution for your needs.
Electric vehicle charging With the ever-increasing demand for – and supply of – electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles comes the need for expanding charging solutions. Indeed, the electric-vehicle market place is a fast-paced one, and keeping up can seem a little daunting at times.
Allow us to provide you with a primer concerning the various different charger options and how they impact on electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) motoring. There is a plethora of EV and PHEV options for you to browse, and we encourage you to do so.
Different charging solutions Immediately below, you’ll find various charging-time examples (based on a typical crossover vehicle). It’s worth noting, however, that charging times vary depending on the make and model of a car, and its battery size. Therefore, the following is for guidance purposes only.
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Slow Charger

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Slow charger
Three-pin power source. (3 kW AC)
Charging times: 17.3 hours (zero to 80 percent)
Home domestic use

Typically, slow charging occurs at home or at work using a three-pin (3 kW AC) power source and the car’s own adaptor. As the name suggests, it’s the slowest option. That said, it’s also very convenient because charging can take place overnight.

However, it’s not recommended that owners leave their cars in a three-pin charging state for an extended period of time because this will lead to accelerated battery deterioration. Please check with the relevant car manufacturer for further details.

Slightly quicker home-charging options are available in the form of a dedicated charging unit with, for instance, a 3.6kW wallbox.

Fast Charger

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Fast Charger
7kW wallbox charger
Charging times: 7.4 hours (zero to 80 percent)
Home and public charging stations

Fast-charge solutions generally deliver charging speeds of between 7 kW and 22 kW, and are available for the home in the form of a dedicated wallbox. However, it should be noted that the majority of domestic properties use a single-phase power system, which allows an optimal charging rate of 7 kW. If your home or commercial property offers a three-phase power supply, you will be able to charge at a rate higher than 7 kW.

The fastest charging solution for the home is one that offers speeds of up to 22 kW. Fast charging is also available at public access points, such as car parks, supermarkets and leisure centres.

Please feel free to download the Zap Map app for iOS and Android at https://www.zap-map.com/app/. This will provide you with real-time information on local public connectors and indeed, public charging stations all over the UK and Ireland.

Rapid Charger

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Rapid Charger
50kW charger
Charging times: 48 minutes (zero to 80 percent)
Public spaces (supermarkets, motorway service stations, etc.).

Rapid-charging connectors can be found in public spaces (supermarkets, petrol stations, motorway service stations, etc.). They offer the following power ratings: 43 kW AC, 50 kW DC and 100-plus kW DC.

Rapid-charging connectors deliver optimal charging speeds for the majority of EVs and PHEVs, which means they’re exceptionally useful whenever time is of the essence.