EV charging guides

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Selecting an EV which is right for you requires careful comparison of the many models now available. To complicate matters, various EV models can charge at different slow and rapid speeds depending on what on-board charger has been fitted, with some plug-in hybrids unable to rapid charge. Battery capacities also have a significant influence on charging speeds, with larger EV batteries more likely to require rapid charging.

To help you understand the strengths of each particular EV model, we’ve created a number of EV charging guides for the UK’s best selling electric vehicles. The guides cover all aspects of charging an EV, including vehicle range, charging inlets, charging times, charging costs, and how to charge each model.

Click on any of the EV models below to view its charging guide.

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  • BMW i3

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    BMW’s i3 has one of the best EV ranges on sale today, and is currently also the only model available as a range-extended EV. Edgy styling stands out to passers-by, matched by a sharp driving experience that grabs the attention of those behind the wheel.

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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    The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a practical family car that just happens to be electric. A good range allows for decent long-distance EV-ing too, meaning the Ioniq can reasonably replace a conventional family workhorse the vast majority of the time.

    Hyundai Kona Electric

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    Hyundai’s Kona Electric is one 2018’s most important cars, with the EV promising a premium driving range for mass-market money. Two battery sizes are available, with both models able to charge at up to 100 kW.

    Jaguar I-Pace

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    Jaguar’s I-Pace is one of the most exciting cars to be launched in 2018, promising performance, comfort, and practicality – all in a premium EV package. With a range of around 300 miles, Tesla has competition.

    Kia Soul EV

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    Kia’s Soul EV combines a practical crossover car with nippy electric drive. Motorway performance is a particular strength, with the Kia resisting a plummeting range when driven at higher speeds.

    Mercedes Benz B 250e

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    The Mercedes Benz B 250e is a practical MPV with an all-electric powertrain. Spacious inside, the B 250e is not rapid charge capable, but a good option for families looking for a cheap-to-run local runabout.

    Nissan e-NV200

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    The Nissan e-NV200 is rare in the sense that you can buy the EV as either an MPV or van. Extremely practical, the e-NV200 uses a Nissan Leaf 24 kWh powertrain, and can seat up to seven, though it is available in a range of configurations.

    Nissan Leaf

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    Nissan’s Leaf 40kWh is the first EV to make it to second-generation status, bringing with it more range, increased power, and added refinement. It’s a big step forward over the previous model, and will keep Nissan at the top of the sales board for some time yet.

    Nissan Leaf MkI

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    The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling pure-EV in the world, and the first-generation model is also one of the most famous. Available with two different battery sizes, the Leaf brought electric vehicles to the masses.

    Renault Zoe

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    Renault’s Zoe has one of the longest ranges of any mass-market EV around. The popular supermini has a range of around 200 miles easily achievable on a single charge, and it’s a model that Renault keeps developing too.

    Smart forfour ED

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    Smart’s forfour ED has much of the agility and compact footprint of the two-door Smart fortwo, but with added practicality in the shape of rear doors and seats. Add in an electric range of around 100 miles, and it makes for a great urban runabout.

    Smart fortwo ED

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    The Smart fortwo ED range sees both the two-door models – coupe and cabrio – available as a pure-EV. Compact and ideal for urban driving, Smart’s fortwo ED line-up will cover around 100 miles on a single charge, with a choice of two charging options.

    Tesla Model S

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    The stylish Tesla Model S is the long-distance champion for the EV market. The Model S also offers supercar-baiting performance, and is one of the most famous EVs in the world.

    Tesla Model X

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    Tesla’s Model X has just about all the power, range, and performance of its Model S stablemate, but with added practicality. The SUV is the pick of the practical EVs.

    VW e-Golf

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    The VW e-Golf has benefited from a battery and equipment upgrade. As such it is one of the best EVs around; offering all the attributes of the ‘normal’ Golf, with the benefits of EV motoring.

    VW e-up!

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    Small, light, and electric, the VW e-up! makes a great city car. The nimble and compact up! is made better with an electric powertrain, and provides miles of smiles when driven in town.

  • Audi A3 e-tron

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    Audi’s A3 e-tron is a true premium hatchback – a quality product that combines practicality with comfort and refinement. With its PHEV powertrain, it adds low running costs and the ability to complete shorter trips on electric power alone, as the Audi boasts one of the better EV ranges on the market.

    BMW 225xe

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    BMW’s 225xe is the only MPV available as a PHEV, matching interior practicality to plug-in performance, for a flexible cabin and drivetrain. Coming under the iPerformance banner, the 225xe is one of a wide range of BMW electric vehicles, but is certainly the most family-friendly model offered by the German marque.

    BMW 330e

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    BMW’s 330e has quickly become one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the UK, with the 3 Series PHEV proving popular with company car drivers in particular. Combining all the usual class-leading features of the 3 Series with an electric powertrain has produced an excellent saloon with the potential for very low running costs.

    BMW 530e

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    The BMW 530e has rapidly shot up the UK electric vehicle sales charts, with the PHEV version of one of the best executive saloons around proving popular with company car drivers in partiucular. A good electric-only range is available thanks to a slightly larger battery than many of the other BMW iPerformance models.

    BMW i3 REX

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    The BMW i3 REX has gone through a series of updates over the years, and continues to evolve and improve. Available with longer range, and in either standard i3 or sporty i3s spec, the BMW provides an engaging drive – with the ‘safety net’ of an on-board generator to top up the batteries.

    Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

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    Hyundai’s Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the last of the three Ioniq models launched, completing the electrified range. A practical and highly-efficient family car, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid immediately became a strong choice in a competitive PHEV market, with a good electric range and easy-to-drive nature.

    Mercedes Benz C 350e

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    The Mercedes Benz C 350e combines the comfortable executive model’s established attributes with a plug-in powertrain to create an excellent company car. Available as either a saloon or estate, the C 350e is one of just a few PHEVs that can be specified with different body styles.

    Mini Countryman Cooper S E

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    The Mini Countryman Cooper S E blends compact SUV looks with a PHEV powertrain – covering two popular elements of the UK car market. Sharing PHEV components with BMW’s 225xe iPerformance, the Mini Countryman Cooper S E is a good first plug-in model from the brand.

    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in car, and by some distance too. A hugely popular model, the Outlander PHEV offers a combination of a versatile powertrain, lots of load space and practicality, and good value for money – both in terms of purchase and running costs.

    Toyota Prius Plug-In

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    The Toyota Prius Plug-In is one of the most efficient PHEVs on sale in the UK, building on the conventional hybrid Prius but with greater focus on the electric powertrain. In fact, the Prius Plug-In works better when driven as an EV than as a hybrid, and has plenty of range to make the most of that fact.

    Volvo XC90 T8

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    The Volvo XC90 is one of the UK’s most popular plug-in cars, and the stylish SUV hasn’t gained sales with looks alone. Lots of space and refinement combined with a good electric-only range and low running costs have won buyers over – despite plenty of competition.

    VW Golf GTE

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    VW’s Golf GTE helps make the Golf line-up one of the most versatile around. The PHEV Golf GTE has proved very popular following a range refresh that boosted kit and reduced prices. Able to be driven like an EV or hot-hatch, the Golf GTE is a car for all situations.

EV Charging at Home


Having a charge point at home is generally essential for EV owners. The Zap-Map guide provides info on suppliers and government grants as well as an overview of the latest offers and prices.

EV Charging at Work


Whether you are an EV fleet owner or an employee charging at work has many benefits. The Zap-Map guide provides businesses and employees details on the key suppliers, grants and offers available.