Charge Your Car Network

charge your car ev network guide

Charge Your Car operates a network of charge points across the UK, but unlike many other public networks, does not own any of the units. Instead, CYC is a back office provider and offers access to charging points on behalf of the unit owners.

Tariffs are set by the unit owners, not CYC, and thus can vary for each point – although many CYC units are free to use. The company runs networks for a number of large regional providers, such as ChargePlace Scotland and Source West.

How much does the Charge Your Car network cost?

Charge Your Car

Membership cost:
£20 per annum for RFID card

Free app download

Cost per charge:
£1 connection charge unless other fee for charging in place
Rapids commonly require payment
Costs charged at either flat rate of per kWh used

To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from a Charge Your Car charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.

How to use the CYC network

cyc access

Access to Charge Your Car points is made either via RFID card or CYC smartphone app. Both systems are available to all customers. Bank account details are registered to either set-up in the event of fees being charged at a unit.

Scottish residents will have a ChargePlace Scotland RFID card instead of a CYC branded one, though all CYC points can be accessed by either card. ChargePlace Scotland users are also able to activate the charge point via the network’s website.

Finding CYC points on Zap-Map

cyc filters

All Charge Your Car points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by CYC customers.

Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.


Accessing points on other networks

cyc chargeplace scotland
Charge Your Car runs the ChargePlace Scotland back office for the national charging network. ChargePlace Scotland has its own RFID card or users can access online. No CYC connection charge applicable for ChargePlace Scotland points using the CPS card. However connection fee applies if accessing with CYC card.
cyc gmev
Greater Manchester’s regional network GMEV is run through Charge Your Car, with around 90 devices available for users. Access is via RFID card or app, and membership allows drivers to use other CYC devices in other parts of the country.
cyc source west
Operated by Charge Your Car, Source West covers areas including Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North East Somerset. Standard CYC access of RFID card or app applies, with members able to use other Charge Your Car points elsewhere too.
cyc chargernet
Covering South Dorset, the ChargerNet network makes rapid charge points available to EV drivers, with a flat tariff of £4 per hour charged. Access is via Charge Your Car RFID card or smartphone app.
cyc recharge
Backed by Merseytravel, Charge Your Car operates the Recharge network for EV drivers in Liverpool, Cheshire, and Chester. Units are free to use and can be accessed via Charge Your Car RFID card or smartphone app.
cyc energise
Based in the South East of England, the Energise network has been set up by local authorities in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, and is operated by Charge Your Car. Members can access other CYC points across the UK too, using the RFID card or app.

About Charge Your Car

Charge Your Car is one of the UK’s largest public EV charging networks, with points across the UK – all of which can be found on Zap-Map.

Based in Brighton and founded in 2010, Charge Your Car was originally set-up by Elektromotive, but now is owned by BP Chargemaster. This allows Polar Plus customers to access Charge Your Car points as well as those on the BP Chargemaster network.