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What is EV charging & how should you do it?

Are you thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV) but you’re still unsure, especially about how you would actually charge it? Don’t worry! In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about EV charging and how to do it. We’ll also politely introduce you to the Optimus EV Charger, which makes home EV charging easier, more reliable and convenient than ever.

So, what is EV charging?

EV charging, put very simply, is the process of recharging the battery of an electric vehicle! To do this there are two main ways to charge your EV, at home or at a public charging point. Let’s take a closer look at each option.

EV Home Charging - how easy is it and what are the benefits

EV Home charging

At home, you can have your own EV charger professionally installed, allowing you to simply plug your car in and charge, whilst it will charge more slowly it will cost lot less money (per kWh). It’s worth noting that an overnight charge of around eight hours can give you up to 240 miles of range, depending on your vehicle’s battery capacity of course.

EV Public charging

Public charging points are available at various locations such as supermarkets, workplaces, hotels, and service stations. These charging points have different power outputs, with fast and rapid charging options available. You can use various apps to locate them. En-route charging, which are often found at service stations, can give you up to 200 miles of range in 20 minutes.

What does it cost to charge EV Cars?

How much does EV charging actually cost?

Whilst public chargers are very fast they are also cost a good deal more, on average public charging is approximately 2/3 more expensive in comparison to home charging. That’s why over 80% of people who own an EV car decide to buy a home charger like the Optimus and charge at home. Home charging is the cheapest and most convenient way to power your EV.

What does it cost to charge an EV at a public Charger VS Home Vs Home at night tariff

So, how often should you charge your EV?

People who are new to EV cars are often concerned about how often they should or need to charge their EVs and can be scared of running out of power. But did you know that the national average journey is 21 miles? This could mean that you only have to charge your car once or twice a week.

How often should you charge your EV

It’s also worth noting that whilst some smaller or older EV models may only have a range of 100-200 miles, newer EV models have a range of up to 380+ miles, that said not as many people need that level of range and don’t end up buying the longer distance models this is in part due to cost (big batteries tend to cost more) but it’s also because most journeys are more than covered and because people still prefer to charge their vehicles at home, where it’s more convenient and cost-effective.

Destination Charging

That said, if you’re going on a long journey, it’s a good idea to plan your route ahead and look at the best options for destination charging. They don’t always need to be en route chargers, many hotels, golf courses and even shopping car parks offer EV charging facilities these days, which can be a great way to top up your battery while you’re away from home.

The Optimus EV Charger

So if you happen to be looking for a powerful, reliable and convenient home EV charger, then Optimus EV charger has got you covered. The Optimus EV charger is compatible with almost all types of electric vehicles in the UK (check your yours here with our EV Car Checker) and the charger can be controlled easily through the Go Zero app on your phone.

Optimus & Go Zero EV Charger App

The Optimus EV Charger boasts a sleek and compact design, making it perfect for any home setup. Plus, it’s packed with features to make your life easier, such as the ability to schedule charging overnight when electricity is often cheaper.

When your fuel station is on the side of your house you need to be assured it is all working perfectly, another unique feature of the Optimus is that it has a pulse – a kind of heartbeat that is checked every 60 seconds for optimal reliability, so you can rest easy knowing that the charger is always in perfect working order at all times.

So let’s get you charged up!

Now that you know the basics of EV charging, it’s time to hit the road and get charged up! Charging an electric car is easy wherever you are – but the if you are charging at home then you have the convenience of your own cost effective green fuelling station right on the side of your house and a recent study has shown that whilst people like to be green the main reason more people bought EVs than diesel cars last year is the money that you save, so why not take a closer look at the Optimus EV today?

Peter O'Brien
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Peter O'Brien

A former petrol head turned EV lover, "it's not all about the power but it helps"

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