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Manufacturer Model Type Charger
Connection Type
Battery Size Charge Time using 7.4kW
Alumina Charger *
Rapid Charge Miles/KM Range
Audi E-Tron EV Type 2 95 kW 9 Hours Yes 280Mi/450km
Audi A3 E-Tron Plug in Hybrid Type 2 8.8 kW 2.5 Hours No 29Mi/47km
Audi Q7 E-Tron Plug in Hybrid Type 2 17.3 kW 4.5 Hours No 35Mi/56km
BMW 330e Plug in Hybrid Type 2 7.6 kW 2.5 Hours No 25Mi/40km
BMW 530e Plug in Hybrid Type 2 9 kW 3 Hours No 31Mi/50km
BMW i3 EV Type 2 42.2 kW 4.5 Hours Yes - CCS 160Mi/257km
BMW i8 Plug in Hybrid Type 2 11.6 kW 3 Hours No 23Mi/37km
CITROEN C-Zero EV Type 1 14.5 kW 7 Hours Yes 93Mi/149km
Hyundai IONIQ EV Type 2 28 kW 4 Hours Yes - CCS 174Mi/280km
Hyundai IONIQ Plug in Hybrid Type 2 8.9 kW 2.5 Hours NO 39Mi/62km
Hyundai KONA EV Type 2 39 kW 10.5 Hours Yes 180Mi/290km
Jaguar I-Pace EV Type 2 90 kW 9 Hours Yes 292Mi/470km
Land Rover Range Rover 400e Plug in Hybrid Type 2 13 kW 13 Hours Yes 25Mi/40km
Kia Niro Plug in Hybrid Type 2 8.9 kW 7.5 Hours Yes 36Mi/58km
Kia Niro EV Type 2 64 kW 2.5 Hours NO 382Mi/614km
Kia Optima Plug in Hybrid Type 2 11.3 kW 10.5 Hours Yes 38Mi/61km
Kia e-Soul Long Range EV Type 2 64 kW 13 Hours Yes 281Mi/452km
Peugeot e-2008 SUV EV Type 2 50 kW 7.5 Hours Yes - CHAdeMO 193Mi/310km
Porsche Panamera e Plug in Hybrid Type 2 14.1 kW 2.5 Hours Yes 30Mi/48km
Tesla Model S EV Type 2 70 kW 10 Hours No 240Mi/386km
Tesla Model X EV Type 2 70 kW 3.5 Hours AC 240Mi/386km
Tesla Model 3 EV Type 2 50 kW 9.5 Hours AC 220Mi/354km
Volkswagen e-Golf EV Type 2 36 kW 8 Hours AC 186Mi/300km
Volkswagen Gold GTE Plug in Hybrid Type 2 8.7 kW 4.5 Hours Yes - CCS 31Mi/50km
Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug in Hybrid Type 2 9.9 kW 10 Hours No 35Mi/56km
Mercedes Benz C300 de EQ Power Plug in Hybrid Type 2 13.5 kW 10 Hours No 30Mi/48km
Mercedes Benz E350 e Plug in Hybrid Type 2 6.2 kW 7 Hours No 19Mi/30km
Mercedes Benz EQC EV Type 2 80 kW 5 Hours Yes 249Mi/400km
Nissan e-NV200 EV Type 1 28 kW 3 Hours Yes 106Mi/170km
Nissan LEAF (pre2018) EV Type 1 30 kW 3 Hours CHAdeMO 155Mi/250km
Nissan LEAf 2018 EV Type 1 40 kW 1.5 Hours CHAdeMO 168Mi/270km
Mini Countryman Plug in Hybrid Type 2 7.6 kW 2 Hours Yes 12Mi/19km
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug in Hybrid Type 1 9.8 kW 11 Hours No 33Mi/53km
Renault Zoe EV Type 2 40 kW 4 Hours CHAdeMO 150Mi/240km
Renault Kangoo Z.E EV Type 2 33 kW 4.5 Hours Yes 124Mi/200km
Renault Master Z.E EV Type 2 5.5 kW 6 Hours Yes 110Mi/177km
Smart EQ ForFour EV Type 2 17.6 kW 2.5 Hours Yes 98Mi/157km
Smart EQ forTwo EV Type 2 17.6 kW 2.5 Hours No 98Mi/157km
Toyota Prius Plug in Hybrid Type 2 8.8 kW 3 Hours No 31Mi/50km
Volvo V90 Plug in Hybrid Type 2 9.2 kW 3 Hours No 50Mi/80km
Volvo XC60 Plug in Hybrid Type 2 10.4 kW 2 Hours No 28Mi/40km
Volvo V60 Plug in Hybrid Type 2 12 kW 4 Hours No 50Mi/80km

*Times for a car with 7.4kW charge capacity

With electric vehicles being so new to the market, there are lots of terms and jargon associated with them that are alien to us.

Please see below for some helpful guidance to understanding more about our future EVs (Electric vehicles), there's your first bit of knowledge.

BEV - Battery Electric Vehicles

These are fully electric vehicles that are the gold standard in terms of being environmentally friendly. These are plugged into your house or when out and about to charge. These benefit from the grants for home use and from the lowest tax band. For commercial use the incentives are grants/toll reductions and the BIK scheme.

PHEV - Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

These have both a regular combustion engine and a smaller battery than a BEV. The fuel engine kicks in when the battery is low and these are plugged in to charge the battery at home or when out and about.

kW - Kilowatt

When you are buying an EV, the battery size will be measured in kW. A kW is basically 1,000watts.

DC and AC

Smaller home chargers and commercial chargers are run on AC power and ultra fast public chargers are run on DC power.

Socket Types

There are a few different socket types, please see below for information:

Find out more

WLTP - (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure)

This is the new measurement for fuel consumption for a car, it is a laboratory test that is more accurate than the old NEDC test as it uses real world scenarios. It is now European law to use this method. You will often see this abbreviation beside the average range of an electric vehicle.

OCPP - Open Charge Point Protocol

This is an incentive to allow users to use different car chargers without having to sign up to different RFID cards or different apps. Basically is works like phone service providers, before if you bought a phone it was locked to the network you bought it from and to change provider you had to throw the phone out and buy a new one, whilst now with open protocol you can switch providers and keep the same phone.

Just like different phone companies use different phone chargers, electric car manufacturers are using different types of car charger connectors. There are two main types of chargers available.

At home chargers:

These are typically 3kW-7.4kW and use AC power.

Public chargers:

These range up to 150kW and use DC power.

In addition to this there are two types of plug for each type of charger, please see below for details.

Type 1

These are a 5 prong connector that offer slow/fast AC home charging and are now quite rare here. Some older Kia models and the Citroen C-Zero have this type of connector, but you won't find many Type one car charger units when you are out and about. This is easily solved however, as you can buy a lead which converts a Type 1 connector into the more popular Type 2 connector.

CHAdeMO

This is a rapid DC charger unit for up to 50 kw which wouldn't be for home use. Nissan, Citroen and older Kia models use this system. It is capable of bi-directional charging which means electricity can flow from the car to the charger as well as from the charger to the car. It is not as popular as the CCS DC charger below. If your car has this type of socket, then it will also have a type 1 or type 2 socket for home use.

Type 2

This is the more common version used for slow/fast home AC charging. It has a 7 prong connector and is what we use for all of our charger units. This is the connector that the EU recommends.

CCS

This is also a rapid DC charger used by Volkswagen, Hyundai, Jaguar, BMW and newer Kia models. Most charge points are 50kW but newer points will have CCS chargers capable of 150kW. A combined type 2 with CCS socket is now becoming very popular with car brands for both slow AC at home charging