Electric Charging Times

Charging at home

All electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) feature a battery (which powers an electric motor). This requires external charging, which is easily achievable at home; there are two options – via a standard three-pin power supply or a dedicated wallbox.

You will need one type of charging point

Plug – 17.3 hours The first type of home-charging connector is the ‘plug’ (three-pin) option, which is the slowest. Typically, this rates at 3kW, allowing the Renault ZOE’s battery to reach 100 percent in approximately 17.3 hours.
Socketed – 7.4 hours The faster ‘socketed’ home-charging solution occurs by using a specially installed wallbox, which usually rates at 7kW. This enables the Renault ZOE to achieve a 100 percent charge in roughly 7.4 hours.

Speed and Cost of home charging

Home-charging speeds and costs vary depending on the size of the battery and the type of tariff you have with your electricity supplier. We’ve used the Renault ZOE as our EV example.

£18 for a full charge*

The above figure is offered as a guide; it’s the average cost of a full charge for the Renault ZOE’s battery. One thing’s certain, however, charging a battery with electricity is cheaper than topping up a car with fuel.

9.20 for a full charge. * Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy.

Home Charging FAQ's

If you have any home-charging queries, please consult our frequently questions below. If you still require answers, please don’t hesitate to contact our Leeds team.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?


This will depend on which charging option you use and the size of your EV or PHEV’s battery. With a three-pin power source, the Renault ZOE takes about 17.3 hours to fully charge; with a dedicated wallbox, it takes approximately 7.4 hours.

Can I charge my electric car at home?


Yes. You can do so via a three-pin power source or a dedicated wallbox.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?


This depends on the size of your EV’s battery and the tariff you’re on with your energy supplier. For instance, on average, the Renault ZOE costs £18 to fully charge.

Charging my electric vehicle out and about


As well as two home-charging options, there are plenty of ways to charge your EV when you’re out and about. Many employers offer dedicated charging solutions for EV drivers, for example. Otherwise, there are more than 2,000 public-charging stations located around the UK, and almost 60,000 individual connectors.

Three types of public charging connectors

Plug – 13.9 hours As with home charging, this is the slowest option, allowing the Renault ZOE’s battery to go from 20 percent to 100 percent in approximately 13.9 hours
Socketed – 5.9 hours The Renault ZOE’s battery reaches a 100 percent-charge (from 20 percent) in roughly 5.9 hours.

Tethered – 36 minutes This rapid-charge (50kW) option enables the Renault ZOE’s battery to increase from 20 percent to 100 percent in around 36 minutes.

Speed and cost of out-and-about charging

Public charging speeds and costs are dependent on the size of a car’s battery and/or the power rating. Here are three typical Renault ZOE examples:

3kW –13.9 hours / £18.72

7kW – 5.9 hours / £18.72

50kW – 36 minutes / £14.04

Out-and-about charging FAQs

Our most commonly asked questions pertaining to out-and-about charging are featured below. If you can’t find an answer to your query, please get in touch with us.

Where can I charge my electric car?


When you’re not at home or at work, there are thousands of public connectors spread evenly across the UK and Ireland.

How can I find my nearest public charging station?


To find your closest public charging point, please click here: https://www.zap-map.com/live/.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?


The Renault ZOE takes about 13.9 hours (with a 3kW charge), 5.9 hours (7kW) or 36 minutes (50kW) to go from 20 percent to 100 percent charged.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?


Slow (3kW) and fast (7kW) charging will cost approximately £18.72 for the Renault ZOE to climb from 20 percent to 100 percent. Rapid (50kW) charging is cheaper: £14.04.

All our electric FAQs

We’ve gathered all of our electric frequently asked questions in one place. If you still have a query, please get in touch with our Leeds team as soon as you’re ready.