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Finding electric car charging stations

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. If you’re thinking about getting rid of your old petrol or diesel fuelled car for an electric one - you need to know what to expect. Taking that leap may seem daunting, especially with the way technology is developing. But in doing so, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment as well as saving money for yourself in the process.

Electric car charging stations are a necessity if you want to be able to power your electric car consistently and effectively on a trip. Whenever you start a journey, you need to make sure you have enough charge to see you through. If your journey is particularly long, you need to ensure that you plan your pit stops in advance to prevent running out of power mid journey.

This guide will explain how you can find a free electric car charging station as well as how to power your car from your own home EV charger.

Where can you find an electric car charging station?

The first and most convenient way to charge up your own electric vehicle is to invest in a home electric vehicle charging point. If you have off street parking with a safe, secure place where you can install and use a charging point then a home charger will make powering up your vehicle so much easier and more convenient. 

However, that’s all well and good when you simply need to travel to work and back each day. What about when you have a much longer journey planned? How do you ensure you have enough power to get you to your destination? Planning your trips in advance can save a lot of hassle and you can get to your destination without any problems.

Electric car charging stations are situated in multiple places across the country. These can include supermarkets, car parks, and service stations. At each station, there may be one or multiple charging points, so in order to make sure you’re not late for an appointment - research the station first. It may be worth travelling a little ahead of schedule in case you hit any traffic.

What is the electric car charging station cost?

The price of charging an electric car in your own home can vary from charging at a public station. For a full charge at home, you’ll probably be spending around £7.80 for a full charge from the electricity you use. Charging points in a number of public locations or at work are usually free for the entirety of your stay there. The best way to charge up your electric vehicle is to leave it overnight. In the morning, your vehicle will be fully charged. 

However, if you need rapid charging for your vehicle, this will more than likely cost. You should expect to pay around £6.50 for a 30 minute charge. Charging up your vehicle and planning your journey beforehand is an efficient way to travel. This enables you to complete your journey easily with no problems. 

The process of finding electric car charging stations.

Home charging.

To charge your electric vehicle at home, you need to install your own electric vehicle charging point. Here at BOXT, we have a range of electric vehicle chargers suited to a variety of vehicles. Simply use our ‘Find An EVC’ tool to answer a few simple questions and we’ll return a list of the most ideal chargers for your vehicle. Of course, if you need any more help or guidance, you can get in touch with a member of the team.

Public charging.

The number of public charging stations across the UK is increasing and will continue to do so as the demand for electric vehicles increases. There are a number of different ways you can find electric car charging stations before your journey. 

  • Look online and do a bit of research if you have the time. You can make a note of the places you’ll need to stop to recharge, and plan how many stops you need to make to complete your journey if it is a particularly long one. 
  • Use your electric vehicle’s GPS. Many electric vehicles have their own satnav installed which also has a handy feature for making those pit stops. It can tell you where your nearest charging point is as well as mark your journey and pit stops on an electric car charging stations map, as and when your vehicle will need them. Your satnav will be a really helpful tool when managing your car’s power. 

Finding electric car charging stations can be easier than you think.

If you’ve purchased your first electric car or you’re in the research stage, finding out how to conveniently charge up your vehicle as efficiently as possible can feel a bit unusual, especially when you’re used to filling up your tank with fuel. If you want to be more eco friendly with your vehicle and get the most out of each charge, it’s more than worth investing in a home electric car charger.

Our friendly team at BOXT can help you to find the right electric vehicle charger for you. Not only can we point you in the right direction, but we can deliver and install it for you the very next day, subject to availability. Here’s how we work:

  • We’ll ask you a series of questions based on your EVC requirements.
  • From your answers, we’ll show you a list of the most suitable chargers for you.
  • When you’ve decided on your electric vehicle charger, pop it in your basket and place your order.
  • After your purchase, we’ll usually deliver and install your charger the very next working day, or at a time that suits you. We’ll even make sure you know how to work your new piece of equipment by giving you a run through of the controls.

Throughout the entire process, we’ll always at hand to answer any questions you may have. Speak to a member of our team today using our live chat.  

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