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How often do I need to charge an electric car?

How often you need to charge an electric car depends how much you drive and what type of electric car you have, but most people only need to power up about once a week.

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Will I need to charge every day? 

It depends how much you drive and what type of electric car you have, but most people only need to power up about once a week. 

How often you drive…

Lots of modern electric cars can go at least 180 miles on one full charge, and often further.

A Volkswagen ID.3 with an 58kW battery can do about around 215 miles on a full charge, and you’ll get about 200 miles from the Nissan Leaf E+.      

Since the average UK commute is a 23-mile round-trip, that still leaves plenty of room for nipping to the supermarket and visiting your friends and family at the weekend.

And if your commute is longer or you spend more time behind the wheel, it’s no hassle to juice up quickly at home or at one of the 45,000 or so public charge points across the UK.

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Are there any advantages to charging electric cars?

Another benefit if you can charge at home, is that you can forget that last-minute dash to the petrol station. It’s like waking up to a full tank every day. 

If you charge away from home, there are over 45,000 public charge points and more popping up all the time. You’ll now find them in loads of car parks, supermarkets and even in more rural places. 

The biggest advantage is cost, as it’s miles cheaper to charge your car than pay for petrol or diesel. And you can take advantage of renewable energy and cheap night time electricity prices. You don’t get a midnight discount on petrol. 

If your electric car is a bit older, you probably won’t be able to drive as far on one charge as a newer model with longer range. So you may need to plug it in a bit more often. 

Lots of people who have been driving electric vehicles for years only use public charge points – and this is getting easier.

You’ll see charge points popping up everywhere from workplaces to supermarkets, so it’s super easy to top up on the go. Check out a charge point map or app to find one near you.

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