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