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
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
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
About Charge Your Car
As one of the UK’s largest EV charging networks, Charge Your Car members have access to around 1,900 charge points, with more than 3,300 connectors available – 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.