For those buying an electric car, there are now plenty of different models to chose from. This does however mean that there are a wide variety of different set-ups on offer, so the below Charging Guides aim to help by offering a complete walk through of the diverse EV charging systems.
The guides cover the UK’s best-selling EVs, and include advice on aspects like government grants available, mainly in the shape of the Plug-in Car Grant and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Grant.
They also talk through the process of charging each individual EV; including inlets, charging times, point access, charging costs, and manufacturer specifics.
Click on any of the models below to take a look at its charging guide.
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.
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.
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
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.
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’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
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 should be applauded for bringing electric vehicles to the masses.
Renault’s Zoe has one of the longest ranges of any mass-market EV around. The popular supermini is a landmark car for the EV market, with a range of around 200 miles easily achievable on a single charge. It’s a model that Renault keeps developing too.
Smart forfour ED
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
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
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
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.
The VW e-Golf has recently benefited from a battery and equipment upgrade. As such is one of the best EVs around; offering all the attributes of the ‘normal’ Golf, with the benefits of EV motoring.
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.
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 i3 REX
The BMW i3 REX has gone through a series of updates over the past few years, and as such continues to evolve and improve. Now available with a longer range, and in either standard i3 or sporty i3s spec, the BMW provides an engaging electric drive – with the ‘safety net’ of an on-board generator to top up the batteries.
Hyundai IoniqPlug-In Hybrid
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
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 models that can be specified with different body styles.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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
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
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
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.