EV Public Charging Made Easy Purchasing an EV comes with a lot of questions, the biggest is how to charge your car on the move. With our expertise this question has become an easy one.

Switching to Electric

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people choosing electric vehicles over petrol and diesel vehicles. Electric vehicles are those that run on 100% electric power or part electric and part fuel (Hybrids). EVs recharge their electric components by being plugged-in, apart from Mild Hybrids which recharge their electric battery through regenerative braking. There are a number of benefits to electric driving, including cheaper running and maintenance costs, reduced noise pollution and lower congestion charges, as well as environmental benefits. Charging your electric vehicle has been made easy, thanks to wallboxes which can be installed at home, whilst there are also many public charging stations available across the UK for on-the-go use. Electric vehicles are now the future.

As a family owned automotive business steeped in local history, Marriott Motor Group is built with honesty, integrity and customer service at the heart of our values. With the continued challenges of a rapidly changing environmental landscape and automotive mobility solutions, we are more conscious than ever of the responsibilities this brings to us. As a result of our proud relationship with the manufacturers that we represent, we are at the very forefront of the transition toward Electric Vehicle ownership, along with the continuation of the combustion engine vehicles still available today.

This has enabled us to offer our customers a variety of vehicle ownership solutions, however, we also realise that the change to EV ownership does not just begin with the vehicle, it also requires an understanding of whether an EV can work for you. We’re here to help make your decision easier and this page has lots of useful information regarding public electric charging.

Making The Move to Electric Motoring
Making the switch to electric will mean a few changes. Firstly, it’s a huge step to reducing harmful emissions and the release of them into the atmosphere. This has a positive effect on human health as well as the environment. Zero emissions also means you will have lower road tax and won’t have to pay the London congestion charge. What’s more, the cost of maintaining an EV is lower due to fewer mechanical parts requiring periodic servicing.

Recharging an electric vehicle costs much less than filling up with fuel. The cost of electricity at charging stations varies and some points are free, however charging at home can cost as little as 2p per mile. When you make a journey, instead of planning based on your remaining fuel mileage it will be based on your remaining battery mileage. Therefore, you will need to consider charging your vehicle prior to leaving and where to stop to recharge if you’re going on a significant journey. Your journeys will also be quieter with smoother acceleration due to the electric engine.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of Electric Vehicle?


There are 3 main types of Electric Vehicle (EV); 100% Electric, Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Mild Hybrids. 100% Electric does as the name suggests, runs completely off electric and will need to be plugged in to be re-charged. PHEVs also need to be plugged in to be recharged but as a hybrid they still use an amount of petrol or diesel to run. Finally, Mild Hybrids run on both electricity and petrol or diesel but don't require to be plugged in to recharge.

How do I charge an EV?


Electric vehicles can either be charged at public or private charging stations, allowing you to charge your vehicle’s battery regardless of where you are. Mild Hybrids (those that don't require to be plugged in) recharge on their own through regenerative braking without needing to be plugged in. This means the battery will recharge by energy produced each time you brake.

What type of Public Chargers are available?


There are 3 main types of Public Chargers; Fast, Rapid and Ultra-Rapid Chargers. 

Where can I find Public Chargers?


Fast chargers are usually found in supermarket carparks or leisure centres. Rapid and Ultra Rapid chargers are typically found at service stations. Several shops, restaurants, hotels, workplaces and car parks do now have electric chargers. You can search what type of chargers are nearby or on your route via ZapMap

How long does it take to charge an Electric Vehicle?


Ultra-Rapid chargers typically take between 20 - 30 minutes and Rapid chargers take up to an hour. Fast chargers take between 1 to 6 hours depending on the amount of kW your car can take. These charge times will differ depending on multiple conditions such as your car's battery size.

How often will I need to recharge my EV?


The frequency of recharging depends on many factors that will be personal to your vehicle and your lifestyle. Each EV has a different mile range they're able to do on a single charge based on their battery size. Therefore, your EV will display how many miles you have left before needing to recharge.

Is Electric Charging expensive?


No, public charging networks allows you to reduce your annual fuel bill by around 35%. Additionally, charging an electric car at home is 80-90% cheaper per year than refuelling with petrol or diesel if you use a smart charge point to schedule your vehicle to charge overnight.

How far can I travel in an EV?


An EV's electric mile range will vary per each make and model. Please speak to a member of our team to find out about a specific vehicle. But with regular EV charging stations that are now available the distance you can travel is endless.

What about Servicing an EV?


Servicing an EV will be required at regular intervals, the same as a standard vehicle. We offer EV Service Plans to help you spread the costs via monthly payments over a set period of time.​

Charging Options

Socket and Wallbox Charging from home using a socket or wallbox, you will pay for the battery charge on your next electricity bill.
Public Charging Points Paid for public charging points - you choose your provider, who will bill you for the power you use when charging.
Free Charging Points Free charging points are located across the country, commonly found in car park of large stores.

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