A Complete Guide to Charging Your Electric Car

Electric cars are becoming an increasingly popular choice when it comes to choosing a new vehicle. Between 2019 to 2021, the statistics show that the number of electric vehicles registered had increased by 66%, making this the most significant annual increase in electric car registrations. As popularity continues to grow, it is expected that in 2022, an estimate of around 260,000 electric vehicles could sell.

As a relatively new addition to the market, there are still many questions surrounding electric cars, including how to charge them. So, as experts in all things cars here at SEAT motor parts, we have put together a complete guide on everything you need to know about charging your electric vehicle.

How Do I Charge My Electric Car?

The first thing to look at when learning about electric cars is how to charge them. In comparison to a petrol or diesel vehicle, which requires filling up with fuel, an electric vehicle can simply be plugged into a charging station when parked up to restore its battery life. There are many options for charging stations, all dependent on where you live.

Home Charging Stations

If your home has off-street parking such as a garage or a driveway, then installing a home charging point is one of the best solutions for charging your car. Having a dedicated home charger means that you don’t have to travel to a local charging point, and your vehicle can be easily charged overnight, ready to be used the next day.

A professional engineer can install a home charging point, which consists of a cable that is simply plugged into the car to enable charging. Additionally, you can plug your electric vehicle into a standard 3-pin plug at home; however, we don’t recommend this method as the sockets do not have the required safety features of a dedicated charger. Therefore, it is always best to have your station installed by a qualified professional to ensure efficient and safe charging.

Dashboard light indicating a full charge on an electric car

Public Charging Stations

If you’re out on the go or don’t have the facilities needed to install a home charger, there are alternatives to this method. Several public charging points are situated in various locations, such as supermarkets and retail parks, allowing you to charge your vehicle whilst out and about. Public charging stations are ideal for those who need a quick recharge or for longer journeys requiring stops.

All you will need is your own charging cable and sometimes a smartphone app depending on your vehicle. Then, simply plug in the car using the cable to begin charging immediately. Find your local charging points online by searching for them online.

How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

In terms of the costs of charging your vehicle, this can differ for different models and charging locations. The cheapest way of charging an electric car is through a home charging point. The exact price of charging will depend on your electricity supplier. On average, electricity costs around 14p per kWh, meaning for a 40kWh battery on a 13-hour charge, you would pay roughly £6.

At a public charging station, prices can be slightly higher. Some garages such as BP Pulse offer a subscription service at £7.85 per month, which gives you access to free charging at selected points. However, if you opt for a pay as you go method, it could cost up to 35p per kWh.

How Long Does an Electric Car Take to Charge?

Again, this factor is dependent on the charging station used and the model of your vehicle. Most home and public charging points run at a 7kW rate, meaning they are quick at charging. For a 40kW battery, you can expect to reach full charge in just 6 hours, with a 75kW battery taking around 12 hours. A simple way to estimate charging time is to do the following equation: battery size/charging power = charge time.

Charging your electric car at home

How Much Does an Electric Car Battery Cost?

When it comes to replacing an electric vehicle battery, manufacturers usually provide a warranty of up to 8 years or 100,000 miles. This means that you are unlikely to have to repurchase a battery in the near future. However, when the time does come where you need a new battery, you will be happy to know that the prices of batteries have fallen over the past few years and are predicted to fall further in the future. By 2030, it has been expected to cost $100/kWh for a new battery, dependent on your car size.

What Electric Car Should I Buy?

When buying an electric car, it is essential to consider several factors such as charging options and finances. First, it would be best to determine how far you drive per day. This will help you choose the correct engine and battery size that your car will need. If you are travelling long distances daily, it is best to get an electric vehicle with a larger battery as it will require less frequent charging and last for longer distances. The SEAT Cupra born has a choice of batteries, including 77kWh. You can also buy SEAT Cupra Born accessories here.

For shorter journeys, smaller battery size is ideal. The SEAT Mii has a battery size of around 37kWh, so it is an excellent choice for those making frequent short journeys. If this is the car of your choice, we offer a range of SEAT Mii parts to keep your vehicle in perfect condition.

For more information on any of our electric car products, contact us today, and we will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the right parts and accessories for you and your vehicle.