At Smartly Energy, we’re leading from the front by providing the best charging options for home and business, plus a great online resource to learn about EV charging.
WHAT ARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
Electric Vehicles (EV), sometimes known as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine, and a battery instead of a petrol/diesel tank. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are a combination of electric and vehicle, so they have battery, petrol tank, electric motor, and internal combustion engine. EVs rely fully on electric charge, and PHEVs can be operated with battery power, or petrol (or a combination of both).
EV charging explained
Most electric vehicles have two sockets, one for AC charging and one for DC charging. AC charging can be categorised as slow or fast, and these chargers can be installed in the home, workplace, and public areas. DC chargers, also known as “Rapid Chargers”, are bigger dedicated chargepoints found in some workplaces and public charging areas – for example at motorway service stations.
SLOW - UP TO 3kW
Slow (or Mode 2) AC Charging is the method of electric vehicle charging with a non-dedicated 3-pin domestic socket. Slow Chargers, with a traditional 3-pin plug at one end, charge VERY slowly (2.3-3kW), hence why they are also known as “Granny” Chargers. Some car manufacturers only supply this type of charging cable, but we recommend just keeping it for emergencies.
We highly recommended installing a dedicated EV charger at your home and/or workplace which is much safer and faster. 3-pin sockets are not designed for extended periods of charging. Also, EVs require communication between the car and charger so require more than the standard three pins.
FAST - 7 TO 22kW
Fast (or Mode 3) AC Chargers are much faster than 3-pin chargers. They are purpose-built dedicated chargers installed in homes, businesses, or public areas. These are the main types of chargers UK homeowners purchase for charging their EV.
Type 2 (also known as IEC 62196 or Mennekes). Since 2013 it has been the official connector type in Europe. All UK fast chargers have a Type 2 connection, and the majority of UK EVs and PHEVs have Type 2 connections, so you would require a Type 2 to Type 2 cable. Our handy Vehicle Selector Tool will show you which type of cable/charger you require.
RAPID – 50kW to 150kW+
Rapid DC Charging are super-fast chargers located in public areas like motorway service stations. You don’t need to purchase a cable for Rapid DC Chargers as they usually have tethered cables.
CHAdeMO is the original DC charging connector. It is less common than the newer CCS connector. You can still see it on the Nissan Leaf. Charging power is usually around 50kW.
CCS is the new standard for Rapid DC Charging. Charging Power can reach 150kW+.
Tesla allows you to use the existing Type 2 socket for Rapid DC Charging at their own Tesla Superchargers which can charge at 150kW+.
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Carbon Neutral Britain
Smartly Energy has been officially certified as a Carbon Neutral Business. We are over the moon to be recognised as an Industry Leader tackling Climate Change by offsetting our Carbon Footprint. Smartly is a green company, driving change in the automotive industry. We believe in leading from the front in reducing our environmental impact and aiming for zero emissions.
For businesses, the Government Workplace Charge Scheme (WCS) offers grants for installation. More details can be found here on the UK government website. All the EV Chargers on smartlycharging.com are approved for installation in the WCS.
The grant covers up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints (inclusive of VAT), capped at a maximum of:
⚡️ £350 per socket
⚡️ 40 sockets across all sites per applicant – for instance, if you would like to install them in 40 sites, you will have 1 socket available per site
After applying using the online application form, successful applicants are issued with a unique identification voucher code by email, which can then be given to any OZEV-authorised WCS Installer. All the EV Chargers on smartlycharging.com are approved for installation in the WCS.
For home installations, the average cost in the UK is £500. The UK’s OZEV grant ended in March 2022 for single unit homeowners. Apartments owners and those who rent their accommodation are still eligible from 1st April 2022 with a newly named “EV Chargepoint Grant”. More information can be found here.
Scottish residents can also still apply for £250 funding through the Energy Saving Trust.
If you have any questions, please let us know! Our expert team is happy to help!