Circular Systems FAQs
FAQs for EV Chargepoint Installations
What are the running costs of an electric vehicle?
Not only is it cheaper to charge an EV than fill a standard car with fuel, but the fact that they have fewer moving parts reduces wear and tear and lowers servicing costs too.
There is no need to fill your EV with oil or change the filters as they simply aren’t there. Brake pads also do not wear as quickly as conventional vehicles due to differences in the braking system.
Where can I charge my EV or Plug in Hybrid?
In no time at all you will start to see EV charging points popping up all over the place. Currently, the UK’s 10,000 EV charging locations offer 23,000 charge points. However the most economical and convenient place to charge your EV will always be at home.
Charging at Home:
Save time and money by charging your car at home.
Charging at work:
Increased numbers of businesses are taking advantage of the OLEC Workplace Charging Scheme.
Charging at public locations:
Your will find public EV charge points at petrol stations, hotels, car parks, you name it! Many supermarket chains now offer free charge points whilst you do your shopping.
Many EVs have the ability to tell you where the nearest public charger is located, plus you can take advantage of online resources such as Zap-Map which will do the same.
Rapid charging your EV / plug-in hybrid:
Usually found in service stations, you will see increasing numbers of public rapid charge points. Charging this way can be more expensive but is still a lot cheaper than a petrol or diesel equivalent.
How long will my EV take to charge?
You can achieve 0-8% charging from a standard domestic fast charger in around 7 hours, but there is quite a variation in charging time based on the type and size of the EV charger. Vehicle and battery size will also have an impact. Be sure to check charging times with the vehicle manufacturer. Rapid chargers can take anything from 1hour + to charge but inevitably will be more expensive.
How far can I get on a single charge?
Capability ranges hugely, from 60 miles to 380 miles depending on make and model of vehicle. On average, the range for vehicles such as Hyundai Ioniq or Kia e-Niro, distance is in the region of 165-235 miles.
Can I get replacement batteries for my EV?
No. Battery life is predicted to last at least 10 years and up to 20 years before a replacement is required; EV battery performance so far has been far better than predicted.
What is the lifetime of an EV Battery?
Currently, up to 20 years and at least 10 year. EV batteries so far have outperformed predictions since they were introduced.
Can I plug into any charger?
Mostly. EVs are supplied with a variety of connector types, one of which will fit into most charging points. Alternatively, adaptors are available too.
How do I find EV Charge points?
Use zap-map.com to discover all UK charging points and connector types in the UK
Why should I have an EV charge point at Home?
It is so much more convenient to charge your vehicle at home overnight. You can plug in when you get home and control charging time from your smart charger. Take advantage of the EV specific energy tariffs that are available and charge over night from as little as 5p per Kw. Wake in the morning to a fully charged vehicle.
What is a smart EV charger?
A smart charger has the technology that gives you the choice over how, when and who uses the station.
Are there enough Public EV charge points in my area?
Find out using zap-map.com
Can I get an OLEV grant for my new electric car?
- Yes if you have parking off road?
- You need to ensure that the vehicle is approved for the grant.
- Your home needs to be located in the UK.
- OLEV will need to see a copy of documentation to confirm that you own or lease the vehicle.