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How does electric car salary sacrifice work? An easy step-by-step guide

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How does electric car salary sacrifice work? An easy step-by-step guide


Leasing an electric car through salary sacrifice is an employee benefit that enables workers to lease a vehicle using their pre-taxed income. This can save them up to 40% on the cost of leasing a brand-new electric car. Along with being a very tax-efficient way to drive a great electric company car for the employee, an electric car salary sacrifice scheme also has several benefits for the employer too.

In this guide, we look at the easy step-by-step process of setting up an electric car lease salary sacrifice scheme for a business, outlining the benefits for both employers and their employees.

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The benefits of an electric car lease salary sacrifice scheme

There are several benefits of electric car leasing through a salary sacrifice scheme. We have split them into benefits for employees and for employers.

Employee benefits of leasing an electric car through salary sacrifice

  • Leasing an electric car through a salary sacrifice scheme is the most tax-efficient way of driving an electric car, which can save the employee up to 40% on the lease cost when compared to a standard lease.
  • Employees leasing an electric car through salary sacrifice are able to drive a brand-new electric car for work and personal use at a heavily discounted cost, thanks to tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) efficiencies.
  • There are no up-front payments or credit checks needed, as there would be with a personal lease or other kinds of car finance.
  • If the company chooses the relevant option, the monthly payment can also include electric car insurance and maintenance, making it a hassle free way to lease a car.
  • Company car drivers must pay Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax, but with electric cars benefitting from BiK rates set at just 2% compared to up to 37% on petrol or diesel equivalents, the savings are even higher.
  • Employees who want to switch to an electric car for environmental reasons can feel great knowing their commute to work and play is helping improve air quality in their communities.

The benefits of an electric car lease salary sacrifice scheme for employers

  • Offering a salary sacrifice scheme can be seen as a major benefit to an employee, helping to attract and retain the best talent in the workforce.
  • Offering salary sacrifice means that employers pay less National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for all those employees who join the scheme.
  • There are often no set-up fees or running costs for employers offering an EV salary sacrifice scheme, with the leasing partner managing the processes and most of the admin (check with suppliers as offers may vary).
  • By leasing electric company cars, your business can contribute significantly towards your wider sustainability and net-zero goals.
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What are the electric car tax benefits for those who offer or join a salary sacrifice scheme?

We’ve already mentioned that leasing electric company cars through a salary sacrifice scheme is tax-efficient, but here’s why:

  • With salary sacrifice schemes, the monthly payment for the electric car lease is taken from the employee gross pay before they are taxed, or other deductions are made from their salary. This means they don’t pay as much tax and have lower NICs.
  • A salary sacrifice scheme can help cut employer’s National Insurance Contributions (NICs) by around 13.8% and allow employers to claim capital allowances that reduce taxable profits.
  • As employees leasing electric company cars must pay tax, known as BiK, the great news is that BiK rates on electric vehicles are significantly lower than on petrol or diesel cars.

You can find more about the benefits of Salary Sacrifice here.

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How does car salary sacrifice work for employers?

The process of setting up a salary sacrifice scheme for employers is very straightforward. With ElectriX as your partner, you can experience:

  • No fees or admin charges and no up-front costs for you or your employees.
  • Minimal admin requirements for your business.
  • Free surveys to assess the appetite for a salary sacrifice electric car lease scheme in your business, and help communicating the benefits to interested employees.
  • Many cars delivered in as little as 30 days.
  • Protect your organisation from liability if employees leave

ElectriX offer Early Termination Protection to cover you should an employee leave during the duration of their leasing agreement.


There are three simple steps to take before you can start providing a highly flexible electric car lease salary sacrifice scheme to your employees.

You can find out more with our guide, Electric car salary sacrifice scheme explained for employers.

Other considerations when leasing electric company cars through salary sacrifice schemes

It’s always worth noting that leasing electric company cars through a salary sacrifice scheme will mean that employees receive less in their pay packet every month as a portion of their salary is taken away before other deductions are made. However, this is usually significantly outweighed by the tax benefits and other associated savings when compared with having separate bills for things such as:

● Monthly payments for a personal car lease or another kind of car finance repayments
● Electric car maintenance costs, such as servicing
● Electric car insurance
● Independent Home charger installation costs


It is also important to highlight that there are minimum wage thresholds for employees wishing to take part in a salary sacrifice scheme.


Some people worry that using an electric car lease salary sacrifice scheme could impact their affordability for financial products such as a mortgage application. The truth is that as long as the lender is made aware that the applicant is participating in the scheme, it should not impact a mortgage application.


If you want to find out more about offering salary sacrifice electric car leasing to employees of your business, get in touch.

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The UK Car of the Year 2024 is electric!

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The UK Car of the Year 2024 is electric!


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The UK Car of the Year Awards (UKCOTY) are one of the most prestigious automotive accolades and a great starting point when looking at the latest car reviews for your next car lease or purchase.

Thirty leading motoring journalists make up the judging panel and decide on the best cars across seven categories from small car to family car and crossover to performance car. One of the winners in each category is crowned Car of the Year. And in 2024 that unanimous recognition went to the fully electric Kia EV9 SUV.

As a sign of the ever-growing popularity of electric cars and the choice of models now on offer from all manufacturers, electric cars dominated the shortlist and the winners list. The Hyundai Ionic 6 was awarded second place and 5 of the 7 category winners were electric vehicles!

Owning an electric car in 2024 couldn’t be easier. With many models of fully electric cars now available on the market. Buyers have a wide choice of cars to suit their needs, lifestyles and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a business electric car lease, a salary sacrifice scheme or a personal electric car lease option, we’ve got the whole package for you right here with high tech home charger and optional electric car insurance – not to mention an in-depth of knowledge of electric cars – will ensure you pick the perfect car for you. View the range of electric cars we have on special offer today.

The top 5 electric car winners

Let’s dive in and learn a little more about the five EVs that electrified the judges at this year’s UK Car of the Year Awards.

UK Car of the year

Kia EV9

Practicality, long-range and value for money put the Kia EV9 SUV 2024 at the top spot as UK Car of the Year, plus the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle! The seven-seater is capable of up to 349 miles on a full charge, is packed with technology, comes with a choice of rear or all-wheel drive and is covered by Kia’s famous 7-year warranty.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car

Top family car

Hyundai Ionic 6

Last year’s World Car of the Year is the year’s UK Car of the Year runner-up and 2024’s Best Family Car. Its streamlined, aerodynamic design provides a world of interior space, capable of transporting the whole family in comfort and style. Equipped with a 77kwh battery. It offers a long range of up to 338 miles, perfect for those family days out and staycations this year!

Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car

Top executive car

BMW i5

Winner of the executive car category, the BMW i5 really is The Business. Efficient Dynamics technology ensures the perfect balance of efficiency and performance, while the innovative interior means you’ll always arrive at your next meeting feeling refreshed. With up to 356 miles on a full charge, the BMW i5 is the perfect partner for your business road trips.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car

Top Small Car

Volvo EX30

The Volvo EX30 may be a small electric crossover but it is big on performance. With up to 295 miles range, 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and a rapid charging time of just 26 minutes. What better option is there for the environmentally conscious family that are always on the go! It has five seats, a versatile boot and smart storage solutions making the Volvo EX30 a great car for everyday family life.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car

Top medium crossover

Fisker Ocean (There are currently no deals for this model)

The American Fisker Ocean has won the medium crossover category. Packed with innovations, it features efficient technology like its SolarSky roof that generates energy from the sun (think solar panels for your electric car).Designed for active family life, its spacious interior is supported by a huge 476-litre boot and a long range of up to 440 miles in this distinctive, 4-wheel drive crossover.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car

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Plug-in to a £350 grant for your electric car charger.

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To really enjoy the savings and convenience of driving an electric car, home charging is the way to go. But what happens if you are one of the estimated 40% of UK households who have either no access to a driveway or are in rental accommodation?

We’ve got some good news for you. Depending on your eligibility, you could take advantage of the latest electric vehicle charging technology and a £350 Government charge point grant. Introduced in April 2022, the grant provides up to a maximum of 75% off the cost of purchasing and installing your own cross-pavement charging solution. But don’t hang around because the grant is reported to end on 31st March 2025.

Eligibility criteria for EV Charger Grant:

  • You are a UK resident
  • You own and live in a flat
  • You rent a residential property, (Shared Ownership Scheme properties included)
  • You drive an eligible battery-powered or electric vehicle (even if it is leased or a company car)
  • Your home has its own private off-street parking space which may be co-located with the property such as an apartment courtyard or separated away, but this must be designated solely for your use at all times
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You won’t be eligible if:

  • You have already applied for the grant or one of its predecessors
  • Are moving house or planning to move
  • Want a new electric car charge point (even if your current one is not compatible)
  • Want to move an existing electric car charge point to a new property
  • Live in a house that you own (only flats owners are eligible)

What is a cross-pavement charging solution?

A cross-pavement charging solution is a purpose-built channel installed in the pavement outside your home, this solution ensures that residents who don’t have access to a driveway are still able to own and charge an electric vehicle at home. It contains an electric vehicle charging cable that you can use to charge your electric car from the roadside.

The channel is designed to sit flush with the pavement to minimise the risk of injury to pedestrians, it should always be sourced from and installed by a professional to ensure its safety.

Why is the UK Government offering this electric car charger grant?

In 2023 electric vehicles accounted for 16% of the UK new car market, while there are now over 750,000 fully electric cars on the nation’s streets. This is why the UK Government is committed to speeding up the installation of electric vehicle charge points through a £381 million Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) council fund.

In February 2024, payments to 44 councils had been approved, delivering thousands of additional charge points across England.

How do I apply for the electric car charger grant?

To apply for your own £350 Charge Point Grant, you should:

  1. First contact an OZEV (Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles) approved installer.

Find a list of your nearest installers on the Government’s own website and simply enter your postcode for details.

  • Ask them to start a claim on your behalf.

If you’re happy with their quote, begin your order. They’ll send you an email with a link to an online form.

  • Complete and return the email to confirm your eligibility.

You’ll need to fill in the online form with your details. Once your eligibility has been approved, your installer will claim the grant on your behalf.

  • Check your final invoice.

Make sure your installation invoice clearly shows the total cost, minus the grant amount.

Are there any other solutions for charging my electric car without a driveway?

There are plenty of other places you can charge your electric car. In February 2024, there were over 53,000 public electric vehicle charge points in the UK, from Lands End to John O’Groats. While you will have to pay to use the great majority of these, there are still places where you can charge your electric car for free. Many workplaces now offer free electric vehicle charging for employees, while some public car parks, supermarkets and retail parks also provide this service.

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Top 5 electric cars for lease in 2024

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Top 5 electric cars for lease in 2024


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Even though we’re almost halfway through the year, we know lots of people are still considering leasing a new car in 2024, so to help, we’ve compiled a selection of some of the best electric cars for lease around right now.

Whether you’re looking for an electric city car to zip around your local area in, a family car to handle everything from the school run to trips away, or a car that’s ideal for longer commutes and business travel, we have electric car lease options for everyone.

Best electric cars in the UK in 2024

The number of fully electric cars on UK roads hit 1.1 million in April 2024, and there are now more makes and models of fully electric cars available than ever before for drivers. With a wide range of electric cars to choose from when you’re considering your next personal or business lease vehicle, it can feel a bit daunting knowing where to start.

Choosing the right electric car to lease for your needs will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Your budget – the ongoing monthly costs for leasing an electric car, plus the initial payment and things like insurance, charging and maintenance.
  • How you’ll use the car in your day-to-day life – how many passengers do you need to carry, is storage a priority?
  • How often you’ll be able to charge your electric car and how far you travel on regular journeys.
  • Whether you will use the car for personal or business use, or both.

These elements will all play into finding the best lease electric car for your specific circumstances. As electric car specialists, we’ve put together a list of the top five electric cars available for leasein 2024 for a variety of different situations to give you some great options. You can also learn more about electric car leasing.

Best lease electric cars for cities and towns

If you’re mainly going to be using your electric lease car for short trips around a city or town, to carry one or two people and without the need for lots of storage, a great option could be the Smart FORTWO ELECTRIC COUPE.

Smart FORTWO Electric coupe

This two-seater is perfect for nipping around town, with its compact size making manoeuvring and parking a breeze. Having a WLPT range of 81 miles, this small car is ideal for those with short commutes and with a rapid charger (100kW), it takes around just 10 minutes to charge up to 80% if you need to top up as you go.

If a small family car is more your style for getting around, the Nissan LEAF HATCHBACK could be a really good option.

Nissan Leaf on driveway

With a WLTP range of around 168 miles, the Nissan LEAF is a compact family car which brings all the benefits of being great around towns and cities, but it also has a range that makes it ideal for longer trips too, with the convenience of charging less often.

Best range electric cars

For those looking for the best range electric cars, capable of travelling over 250 miles between charges, a great potential choice could be the Hyundai KONA ELECTRIC.

Hyundai KONA Electric

With a WLTP range of 319 miles, this is the ideal car for family trips, days out or long commutes. Having a generous 466 litres of luggage space in the boot, this is an electric lease car that can easily hold your daily essentials as well as having space for all the family

Best electric cars to lease for families

If you have a big family, or need an electric car with lots of space and flexibility, the Kia EV9 could be a perfect option for your needs.

With seven seats and still room in the boot for everyday family essentials, this electric lease car offers the style, form and feel of an SUV, but with all the practicality and flexible space that families need. The EV9 also has a WLTP range of 349 miles, making it a great all-rounder that can handle anything from the school run to trips away from home. The Kia EV9 SUV took the top spot as UK Car of the Year, plus the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle in 2024.

Best electric cars to lease for business use

When it comes to business car travel, comfort, convenience and style are all important considerations as you clock up the miles. A great option for those wanting to enjoy their business journeys in style could be the Polestar 2.

Polestar 2

With a great WLTP range of 322 miles, this sleek and refined car is an excellent choice for those looking for an electric lease car that really delivers.

It’s worth noting that when looking at business electric car leasing, a lower BiK rate at just 2% means that going electric for your next company car is more tax efficient when compared to similar petrol or diesel cars.

Some of the other best electric cars for lease in the UK in 2024

With so many brilliant vehicles available, it’s really tough to refine the list down into the very best electric cars in the UK in 2024, so we’ve also included a couple more that absolutely deserve a mention.

The ever-popular Tesla MODEL 3 could be the ideal choice for business or personal electric car leasing.

With a WLTP range of 319 miles and the high-spec, high-tech interior that Tesla is renowned for, it is always a hit with drivers who are looking for an electric car for lease that combines style, comfort, technology and performance.

Another great option for those who want a sporty and fun drive could be the Volkswagen ID.5 COUPE.

VW id5 coupe

Having a WLTP range of 344 miles and a surprisingly large boot for a coupe, the iD5 is not only a winner on the style front, but it’s also pretty practical too.

Help with choosing the best leased electric car for you

At ElectriX, our aim is to make it as straightforward as possible for you to switch to an electric lease car, whether it’s for your next company car or a personal lease, or you’re exploring your options with an electric car through Salary Sacrifice. We can help with not only finding the right vehicle for your specific needs, but also with home charger installation and electric car insurance too.

By choosing ElectriX, you can enjoy the benefits of:

  • Your brand-new electric lease car delivered to your door.
  • Simple and fixed monthly payments, that can also include maintenance, for your convenience.
  • Guidance and advice from our experienced advisors throughout the process.

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UK staycations – where to stay for free EV charging

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UK staycations – where to stay for free EV charging


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Are you one of the thousands of EV drivers planning your next UK staycation? With the summer season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan your holiday and the destinations, attractions and beauty spots you’d like to visit. But if you’re travelling longer distances, making sure you’ve got the best charging points exactly where you need them, means one less thing to worry about. 

And what’s better than enjoying a cup of coffee outside in the sunshine while your car is charging – for free! So, if you’re wondering where to charge your electric car for free while chasing your summer adventures, we’ve got the answers for you. 

Where’s best to charge your electric car while you’re on holiday in the UK?

When considering getting an electric car, some people might be a little worried about powering up when they’re out and about or on holiday in the UK. But with electric cars gaining more and more popularity and the charging infrastructure growing daily, this is a myth we’re about to bust. 

Public charging points are being installed in the UK’s cities and more remote areas at unprecedented levels, and over the last decade, their number has evened out against the number of petrol stations. 

Osprey has a great interactive map of all their public chargepoints (below), but if you need something while you’re on the move, an app like Zapmap will allow you to locate over 59,000 chargers nationwide.

Major cities like London, Manchester, and Birmingham now have thousands of charging stations, including many fast chargers that can top up an EV battery in under an hour.

Plus, with government initiatives and private sector investments, the charging infrastructure continues to grow daily, making it easier than ever for electric car drivers to find a charging point, whether in bustling city centres or the beautiful rural countryside. 

And finally, let’s not forget about the charging points installed in car parks across supermarkets, shopping centres, hotels and workplaces – but more on those further down! 

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How to find the best free electric car chargers when driving to your staycation?

Looking at what matters when travelling longer distances if you are trying to cut costs, free electric car charging is a good place to start! 

You may be surprised that there are lots of free electric car charging points all around the UK. According to recent research2, from nearly 60,000 charging devices recorded by Zapmap, more than 2,300 of them are free to use. That means around 4% of charging stations in the UK won’t cost you a penny when you’re out and about. 

But where do you go to find a free electric car charger? Let’s take a look:

UK Regions

The South East prides itself on the highest number of free electric car chargepoints, followed by Scotland, Greater London, South West and North West. 

Areas like the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and East Midlands don’t have as many free options, but they still have plenty of paid-for chargers. 

Here’s the breakdown of all available chargepoints in the UK, including both free and paid:

Geographical Area in the UKNumber of EV charge devices
Greater London19,834
South East7,309
Scotland5,416
West Midlands5,129
South West4,386
East of England4,146
North west3,940
Yorkshire and the Humber3,087
East Midlands2,844
Wales2,578
North East1,791
Northern Ireland577

Source: Zapmap charging points data

Public spaces, supermarkets and car parks

The best place to head for free electric car charging, according to Zapmap’s study are public car parks as they offer the highest number of free electric vehicle chargepoints, with 433 chargers found all around the UK. You can also find free chargers in car dealership forecourts, retail car parks and workplace car parks. 

Although behind other leading trends for chargepoint locations, supermarkets are investing in their EV infrastructure (although not all of them are free!). If you are visiting a town for the day, you could leave your car charging at a supermarket, but bear in mind that the free charging may be slow and you may have restrictions on the length of time allowed to stay in the car park.

Take a look below:

SupermarketNumber of EV chargepoints
Tesco1,305
Morrisons413
Lidl346
Aldi199
Waitrose199
Sainsbury’s157
Co-op91
Asda46
M&S14

Source: Zapmap – Super charged: More than one-in-10 UK supermarkets now offer EV charging

Destination charging at attractions in the UK

And finally, with the summer season in our sights, tourist attractions and popular holiday destinations are preparing for the busiest time of the year. But with an increasing number of electric car drivers in the UK, they must provide charging provisions for visitors, especially if they have travelled a long way otherwise it may put visitors off coming!

Many popular destinations, such as theme parks, museums, zoos and National Trust properties now offer free electric car charging to encourage customers to visit them. 

Similarly, many hotels, B&Bs and leisure areas have the option to charge your electric car for free, with ZeroNet charity playing a key role in improving the free charging network. 

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Hotels with EV charging UK

When you’ve finally arrived at your holiday destination, or maybe you need somewhere to rest for the night before continuing your journey again later, if you have an electric car, you’ll undoubtedly have your next charge at the back of your mind. This is why it’s important to plan ahead and choose a hotel with EV charging ready and waiting for you.

There are countless chains and unique accommodations across the UK, but we’ve pulled together some great options for you to consider.

According to Premier Inn’s website, they have 91 connections across the UK, where Travelodge has over 140 EV points either on site or nearby.

Zapmap reveals that Holiday Inn has 76 and Best Western has 59 connections. At the other end of Zapmap’s list is Marriott with just 4 and Radisson Blu with 9 connections.

From Devon to the Isle of Wight, to London or Edinburgh – Airbnb could also have the perfect house or apartment rental with EV charger for you. Their site allows you to filter on properties that only include EV chargers. You’ll need to check individual listings to see if EV charging is complimentary or charged for.

Travelodge EV charging locations

Travelodge has a dedicated page on their website listing all of the 140+ hotel locations, from Birmingham and Exeter, to London or Swansea – all with electric car charging either onsite or nearby (some free, some paid).

Premier Inn EV charging locations*

Here are all 91 of Premier Inn’s hotel locations with an EV connector (likely not free) – take a look at Premier Inn’s website for the most up-to-date version.

Aberdeen City CentreGloucester Business ParkNorthampton West (Harpole)
AlnwickGloucester (Little Witcombe)Nottingham Castle Marina
AviemoreGranthamOldham (Broadway)
Balsall Common near NECGreenockOxford South (Didcot)
Barrow-in-FurnessHastingsPaignton South (Brixham Road)
Bishop AucklandHaylePeterborough North
BodminHelstonRoss-On-Wye
Bristol Cribbs CausewayInverness Centre (Millburn Rd)St Albans / Bricketwood
Burton on Trent CentralIpswich SouthRamsgate (Manston Airport)
Burton on Trent EastIpswich NorthRugeley
Cambridge North (Girton)KetteringSeaton
Cannock SouthKilmarnockStafford North (Spitfire)
Cardiff WestKings LynnStirling City Centre
Carlisle (M6 Jct 42)Leeds South (Birstall)Solihull (Hockley Heath, M42)
Cheltenham North WestLincoln (Canwick)Solihull South (M42)
Chesterfield NorthLlanelli Central EastStourbridge Town Centre
Clacton-On-Sea (Seafront)LiskeardSunderland A19/A1231
Derby SouthLittlehamptonTamworth Central
Derby EastLivingston (M8, Jct 3)Tamworth South
Dunbarton / Loch LomondLondon EnfieldTaunton Central (North)
Dundee WestLondon RainhamTaunton Ruishton (M5, J25)
DunfermlineManchester (Sale)Tewkesbury
Dunstable/ LutonManchester Trafford Centre NorthThetford
Durham NorthManchester (Denton)Ulverston
Edinburgh (South Queensferry)MatlockUttoxeter
Falkirk CentralMerthyr TydfilWare
Felixstowe Town CentreMilton Keynes (Willen Lake)Wigan (M6 Jct 25)
Gillingham Business ParkMonmouthWolverhampton North
Glasgow (Braehead)Newark
Glasgow EastNewcastle-under-Lyme
Glasgow (Cumbernauld)
Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC)
Glasgow (Paisley)

*Information correct as of June 2024.

Spending time off in holiday cottages across the UK is becoming increasingly popular, as they usually offer their visitors a peaceful setting in the countryside while providing an extra space to walk a dog or enjoy outdoor games.

So, if you’re an EV driver looking for a more independent, quiet location for your next staycation, below we’ve listed some of the popular UK holiday cottage websites offering free EV charging to their visitors:

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Things to remember about EV charging while you’re on holiday

  1. The best way to spot free charging stations is by using apps like Zapmap or PlugShare that provide real-time data on charger locations, availability, and compatibility with individual electric car models.
  2. If you’re relying on your accommodation or hotel for charging your car, double check on its exact location and any charges or fees that may be incurred for charging your electric car.
  3. Whilst the majority of chargepoints support the most common connector types you should always check your electric car is compatible with the point you’ve chosen. 
  4. Don’t forget that some chargepoints have time limits to ensure they’re used fairly and offer availability to as many drivers. 
  5. Once your car is charged, move to free up the space for others. Some locations have policies against leaving cars parked at charging points longer than necessary, especially at busy sites.

If you want to dive deeper into the world of electric car charging, we have an Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging, check it out!

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