Charging an electric vehicle isn’t that different from refuelling. There’s still a fuel filler cap, but instead of a petrol tank you’ll find a charging socket where you can plug in the connector.
While it is possible to plug your electric vehicle into a domestic
three-pin socket, we recommend that you install a home wall box. Wall
box chargers can refill your car up to three times faster.
When you decide to install a charger at home, it’s best to go through
an authorised installer like Pod Point. They will guide you through the
whole process, from the pre-installation consultation through to the
demonstration once the work has been done.
Pod Point also include a free three-year warranty and Wi-Fi connectivity* for real-time updates.
The UK’s network of fast and rapid chargers is getting bigger by the week. There are plenty of ways to pay for them too, from pay-as-you-go schemes to subscription models. Some points are even free. Finding your nearest charging station is simple. Apps like Zap-Map point the way to Type-2 and CCS connectors for Fast and Rapid Charging respectively.
Think about your parking and daily mileage.
If you have off street parking, you can use your home energy supply or get a home charging point fitted so you can charge it whenever you like. Perfect!
You can charge your car at home but if you have a pure electric car, you may have to look at charging points along your usual routes.
If you park on the road or have charging points at work, it will still work for you, but you may have to share public charging points with other cars.
An electric car may not be right for you. Contact us today to be informed about future SEAT models which may be better suited for your needs.
A cable plugged into a combined AC/DC charger with a total power of 32A/40kW DC – 7.2kW AC will charge a battery from 0-80% in around one hour.
A cable plugged into an AC charger with 32A/7.2kW of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in approximately 4 hours.
A cable plugged into an AC charger 10 amps (A)/2.3 kilowatts (kW) of power will charge a battery from 0-80% in 13-16 hours.**
There are several factors that can affect how long it takes your electric vehicle to charge, these should be considered when deciding if an electric vehicle is right for you and your transport needs. Here are the main three.
Your electric vehicle’s
maximum charge rate is set by its battery and the on-board charger which
regulates the amount of power drawn from a particular source. On-board
chargers usually range in capacity from 3kW to 22kW. Charge time can also be affected by whether AC or DC is being used, to find out more
check out our glossary.
Your electric vehicle cannot charge faster than the charging unit’s maximum capacity. This means if you’re charging with AC and your car has a capacity of 11kW but is plugged into a 7kW unit, it will charge at 7kW.
As you might expect, the larger the battery the longer it’ll take to charge. For example an 20 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery will take around 2-3 hours to charge with a 7kW charger, a 40kWh battery would take around twice as long.
For more information about our electric range or to discover the offers available, please click the links below or contact your local Marshall SEAT retailer.
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*Please note that customers would be required to install their own Wi-fi.
**Your vehicle’s battery recoups the first 20% of its charge more quickly. The charging speed will slow down once the battery is 80% full in order to prevent heating, which can reduce your battery’s longevity. That’s why we’ve used 80% as the measure as shown above.
Charge cost (£5.29 for full battery) is based on the current average electricity unit cost per kWh set by UK Power (£0.143p). Figures are subject to change. Charging times may vary depending on home charging equipment available.