Charging your Electric Vehicle - FAQ's Explained and Answered

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What charging cable do I require to charge my vehicle?

When it comes to choosing your EV charging cable, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, you need to find out which charging socket your car uses. This is quite simple really - Type 1 and Type 2 are the possibilities. This information can be found out online, in your vehicle handbook or by visiting the 4EV Vehicle Information page. Alternatively, if you check the charging socket on your vehicle - a Type 1 vehicle charging socket has 5 pins, and a Type 2 charging socket has 7 pins.

Where you are wanting to charge your vehicle would be your next consideration. Whether you are wanting to charge from a 3-pin household socket, public fast charge point, commando socket, CEE socket etc - this determines which cable you need. If you visit the 4EV homepage, there is a vehicle finder feature at the top of the page which will help display all cables compatible with your vehicle. A quick scroll down on your vehicle's page shows the different types of cables & if you're still a little stuck - feel free to get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

Is it difficult to charge your electric vehicle?

No, not at all, in fact charging is quite simple. A lot of EV users may charge their vehicles overnight at home, at public charge points, at work etc – there are a lot of options when it comes to charging. Initially, admittedly it can seem quite tricky; but once you know the basics, you will be good to go!

Charging from home is a great efficient way of ensuring your electric vehicle is ready for your daily commutes – but not everyone has the option to charge from home. Whether it be through a home-installed charging unit, or a simple domestic, 3-pin plug. An alternative way of charging could be at work – which again, some people will not have as an option. Which then leaves the option to use public charging stations, which are quite quick and simple to get going with. Thousands of public charge points up and down the UK, allow for public charging to be quite a viable option, especially given the speed you can charge at.

What speed can you charge an electric vehicle at?

The answer to this question can depend on a few components used during charging. The vehicle, the charging cable and the charging unit.

 

When it comes to charging, you can charge via AC (Alternating Current) or DC (Direct Current). AC charging comes in the form of domestic charging, or public charging. Whereas DC charging offers a higher charging rate, and tends to be found in public areas, but using a CCS cable or CHAdeMO cable fixed (hardwired) into the charging unit.

Slow charging (AC - up to 3.6kW) is capable through a 3-pin domestic charging cable; often supplied by the dealership (sometimes referred to as an 'EVSE' or 'Granny Cable') when you purchase your electric vehicle. A 3-pin cable is a handy solution for EV owners who don't have a charging unit installed at home (they usually feature a built-in control box to make changes to the charge rate and to monitor any potential errors) as it still allows for their vehicles to be charged at home through a domestic socket - just at a slower rate. These cables are available for purchase at 4EV too!

 

Fast charging (AC - 16A 3.6kW / 32A 7.2kW / 3 Phase 16A 11kW / 3 Phase 32A 22kW) is capable from a dedicated charging unit, or public charge station. A standard charging cable is required for this - and tends to be the most popular option for EV owners. Again, sometimes the cable is supplied with the vehicle upon purchase - but 4EV offer these cables to purchase; whether it be for primary use or to have as a spare! Fast charging can occur at different rates between 7kW and 22kW - this again, solely depends on the capability of your charging cable, vehicle and charging unit. It's worth looking into your personal vehicle and charging unit, to see if you're able to charge at a higher kW rate!

Rapid charging (DC - 43kW-350kW) is available from specific public charge stations. The DC charging cable is fixed (tethered) into the charge stations. Referring to earlier in the blog, the cable you require is dependant upon whether your vehicle requires a Type 1 or Type 2 charging cable. Type 1 vehicles generally require CHAdeMO; whereas Type 2 vehicles generally require a CCS cable. Rapid charging is arguably more important when charging full electric vehicles with large batteries during a quick journey, rather than Plug in Hybrid vehicles whose smaller batteries can usually be topped up quick enough on a Fast charge.

Please note - there are exceptions to the CCS/CHAdeMO rule above and not all vehicles are capable of rapid charging either; it is worth looking into whether your vehicle is rapid capable and which charging station you can use.

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Volkswagen ID.4 wins 2021 World Car of the Year

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Volkswagen ID.4 wins 2021 World Car of the Year Award

It has been a great week for Volkswagen. As, Tuesday 20th April 2021 saw the new VW ID.4 crossover win this year’s World Car of the Year award – beating two other credible finalists, Honda e and the new Toyota Yaris..

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a very reputable EV already and is a more suitable choice for most EV drivers, than the less practical VW ID.3. This VW ID.4 features the ability to rapid charge at 125kW, which allows for the battery to reach 80% full in around 35-40 minutes. Self-claimed ability to charge up to 199 miles in just 30 minutes, and a total WLTP range of 310 miles – the ID.4 is rather impressive. A step in the right direction for the electric vehicle industry.

The same awards ceremony saw the Honda e take the World Urban Car award, over the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris – which is yet another win for electric vehicles!

To see the full list of awards, candidates and eligibility requirements for the World Car Awards 2021 – you can visit here.

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Vauxhall Mokka-e Overview

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Vauxhall Mokka-e 2021 - Quick Overview

The Mokka-e is Vauxhall's SUV big brother (or sister!) to the Corsa-e released last year and will take on the likes of the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4 amongst many others joining the market.

Vauxhall have produced the 2021 Mokka in a number of guises to suit most pockets and ecological preferences with Petrol and Diesel versions joining the full electric Mokka-e at launch.

Starting from £30,540 for the base SE Nav Premium model (After the PiCG, Plug-in Car Grant deduction of £2,500), it comes in at around £10k more expensive then the equivalent ICE model, which is something to take into consideration when making that buying decision. It packs a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery and 100kW motor, capable of a stated 201 mile range. Of course, we know by now to deduct a good percentage from those perfect condition test results to get a truer real world figure!

At motorway speeds (70mph) in Eco mode the range reduces to around 134 miles, Normal mode 128 miles and put it into Sport mode and you're looking at around 115 miles, just over half of the stated maximum range! Reducing to 65mph may get you an extra 15 miles of range, but it won't be a fun 15 miles in Eco mode.

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There are another 3 models available, the SRi Nav Premium, Elite Nav Premium and the most expensive Launch Edition (Starting £32,495 after PiCG). You'll progressively receive a 7"-10" dash touchscreen unit and 16"-18" alloy wheels together with the usual improved comfort and security features as you spend a little bit more. All have the same motor so each will hit a top speed of 93mph and achieve 0-60 in 8.5 seconds, presumably measured in the more battery hungry Sport mode.

In terms of charging the Mokka-e, you have the standard Type 2 7.2kWh charging port for fast charging meaning a 16A charging station/cable will take a whopping 14hrs for a full charge and a 32A charging station/cable halves the time to 7hrs. The CCS port for DC charging allows up to 100kWh giving a full charge in around half an hour.

 

View all 4EV charging cables and accessories for Vauxhall Mokka-E here.

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