Complete guide to EV charging for beginners

Complete guide to EV charging

All you need to know about charging, from public charging networks to EV model guides and much more

Electric vehicle (EV) charging is an important aspect of EV ownership. We've created this guide to EV charging - a series of step-by-step guides - to cover all the key issues related to electric vehicle charging, including public networks, charging at home and work, charge point speeds, and model-specific charging guides.


Public EV charging networks


The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks – both national and regional.

Most public networks offer access via an app and/or RFID card, with an increasing number now available on Zap-Pay. Contactless bank card access is common on rapid chargers.

Learn about charging on public networks


Charging your electric car

ev charging guides

Zapmap’s EV guides cover all aspects of charging your electric car, including vehicle range, charging inlets, charging times & costs, and how to charge each model.

Explore our EV charging guides


Charging at home


Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost-effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants of up to 75% funding are available for the installation of some home EV charge points. Home chargers are typically rated at 3kW or 7kW and provide approximately 15-30 miles of range per hour of charge.

Learn more about charging at home


Charging at work


Charging an EV at work can be a convenient way to add range to a car whilst it’s parked up during working hours. As fleets switch to electric vehicles, it will become increasingly important for businesses to offer EV charge points.

Learn more about charging at work


EV charging explained


Discover everything you need to know about EV connectors and charging speeds. We cover the four main types of EV charging – ultra-rapidrapid, fast, and slow, and which connectors and cables are required for each.

Learn about EV Connector Types


Charging on-street


Home EV charging is often the most convenient and cost-effective way to recharge an EV, but off-street parking isn’t available to all. On-street residential EV charging offers a solution to those wanting to run an electric car, but park overnight on-street.

Learn about on-street charging


Free EV charging


See the number of free EV charging devices displayed by geographical area, free devices split out by charge point speed, and the number of free devices by type of location in this guide to EV charging points that are free to use.

Learn more about free EV charging points


Find an EV home energy tariff


Home EV charging tends to be much cheaper than public charging and petrol/diesel, but does of course mean home electricity bills increase. Some energy companies now offer EV-tailored tariffs.

See home EV rates


EV charging FAQs


Covering your frequently asked questions about charging an electric vehicle, including where to charge an EV, how to charge electric cars, and charging on public points.

See our EV charging FAQs