Most EV users will conduct the majority of their charging at home or at work, but public charging networks provide additional EV charging support, and the opportunity to extend journey distances in EV mode. Most networks offer a mix of Slow, Fast and Rapid charging options.
The lists below cover the UK’s main EV charging networks with links through to an in-depth network guide. These provide details of the network operator, any cross-network agreements, where you can find point locations, access types, and any charges that may be applied.Those networks that have live data available on Zap-Map are indicated with an icon on their respective logos. Dynamic data shows a blue marker around charge point icons when it is in use. Further networks will be adding dynamic data to Zap-Map in the near future.
To find which public charge point networks cover your area, go to the map and use the network filter.
- Major networks
- Minor networks
POLAR is the UK’s largest public charging network, with charge points ranging from three-pin units to rapid chargers available. Access is via smartphone app or RFID card, and there is both a pay-as-you-go or a subscription membership available. POLAR is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner.
Charge Your Car is the largest pay-as-you-go network in the UK, with more than 2,000 devices available nationwide. These are either free to use or charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. Access is via RFID card, and POLAR Plus customers can also use CYC points.
Ecotricity’s Electric Highway network has charge points at just about every motorway service station in the UK. Rapid chargers are accessed via a smartphone app, though there are a few fast charge points which are free to use and used with an RFID card.
With an expansive network, Pod Point aims to offer an EV charge point ‘everywhere you park for an hour or more’. With wide spread coverage of fast chargers, Pod Point units are accessed via the Open Charge smartphone app and are often free to use.
Tesla’s operates two nationwide networks – Supercharger and Destination. Supercharger points are typically on motorway and trunk roads, providing rapid charger capability. Destination chargers are normally at ‘locations’ such as hotels. No access app or RFID card needed.
GeniePoint runs a national network which has responsibility for a number of regional schemes, covering areas such as the Lake District, Cornwall, and Hampshire. Points are accessed with an RFID card or app and are used on a pay-as-you-go basis. GeniePoint is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner.
Zero Carbon World’s ZeroNet network specialises in providing EV charge points for hospitality locations, such as hotels, restaurants, pubs, and B&Bs. All are pay-as-you-go units – though many are free – and there is no RFID card or app needed to access the point.
Source London has more than 500 charging points under its care. New points require a subscription to use and have a pay-per-use cost, or can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis – old units can be used for free – both accessed using an RFID card. Source London is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner.
Backed by Transport Scotland, the ChargePlace Scotland network provides hundreds of EV charging points across the the country mainly for free. Users can access the points using a ChargePlace Scotland RFID card or online. Network also accessible with CYC RFID card.
ESB ecars operates across the Republic of Ireland, providing around 500 EV charge points for Irish drivers. The network’s fast and rapid chargers are located across the Republic of Ireland, accessed via RFID card. ESB ecars is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner.
Northern Ireland’s regional network, ecar has more than 150 devices available to EV drivers. Offering rapid and fast units, the network provides free access to all points via RFID card. Coverage is countrywide. ecarni is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner.
Responsible for charge points in the Midlands, Plugged-in Midlands manages more than 100 devices for EV owners. As part of the Polar network, users pay a subscription to access the points, though the majority of units are free to use.
Greater Manchester EV Scheme has around 100 devices covering Manchester and surrounding areas. Access is obtained using a CYC RFID card or smartphone app, with many points free to use. Rapid units may require payment, and parking charges might apply.
With charge points in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire, Source West manages both fast and rapid charge points for EV drivers. Access is via the CYC network, which involves an RFID card or smartphone app. Fast chargers are free to use, though rapids are pay-per-use.
The ChargerNet network covers south Dorset, with both fast and rapid chargers are available for drivers to use. Charge Your Car RFID card or smartphone app provides access, with rapid chargers available on a pay-per-use basis.
Operated by Merseytravel, Recharge provides EV charge points across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire West and Chester. Drivers can access the points with a CYC RFID card or app. Points are free to use though there may be parking charges applicable.
With points in the South East of England, Energise has fast and slow units available for drivers to access in Surrey, Sussex, and Kent. Users can access the points with a Charge Your Car RFID card or app, and most points are free to use, though there may be parking charges.
With rapid chargers available in Cheshire and Hampshire, Engenie operates units for both the general public and commercial fleets. Currently the Engenie network is free to use, though there will be a pay-as-you go system coming into effect in the near future.
Currently focused in the North West, the LiFe network is operated by Franklin Energy, which has plans to expand across the UK within two years. Users sign up for free and pay-per-usage with an account, or drivers can access points on a pay-as-you-go basis.
EV Driver points are currently focused around Suffolk with fast chargers available, though the network will expand nationwide soon and add rapid units to the system. A pay-as-you-go system is in place for drivers who have first registered for free. EV Driver is a Zap-Map dynamic network partner
Now defunct, Source East was responsible for more than 800 public EV charging points in the East of England. Since shutting down at the end of March 2017, points will gradually be phased into existing networks. Legacy units can be accessed with Source East RFID cards until upgraded.
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EV Charging at Home
Having a charge point at home is generally essential for EV owners. Zap-Map’s Charging at Home guide provides information on government grants on offer, as well as suppliers and units available.
EV Charging at Work
Whether you are an EV fleet owner or an employee, charging at work has many benefits. Zap-Map’s Charging at Work guide provides businesses and employees details on the key suppliers and grants available.