How do you charge an Electric Car?

Mitsubishi i MiEV charging at Leamington Spa
Mitsubishi i MiEV charging
at Leamington Spa

11th July 2010 - How do you charge an electric car? This is one of the questions we were asked as we were driving through Kenilworth. We had stopped at road works and someone knocked on the window and said it was the first electric car he had seen and asked us a few questions.

The answer is simple - On most electric cars there is a flap similar to that on a conventional vehicle. Under the flap is a power socket. We have a standard 13 amp plug fitted to the outside of the garage and we can plug the charging cable straight in.

timer for Mitsubishi i MiEv
Electric car timer
Socket for our electric car
Power socket for
our electric car

The Mitsubishi i MiEV is supplied with a coiled cable and the Reva G-Wiz a straight cable. We can plug either car into the outside socket.

Inside the garage is a timer, it is set to come on at midnight and turn off the following morning. This is when the electricity usage is at its lowest. If you live in the UK as part of the website there is carbon footprint of the National Grid. This tool will inform you if it is a good time to recharge your car, what the CO2 levels are and also the split between different power sources.

Each morning when we get in our electric Mitsubishi i MiEV, it is fully charged and ready to go. One charge will normally last us 2-3 days, on average we are travelling 22 miles per day.

We also now have local charging points in Leamington Spa, Coventry and Birmingham which we can use. There are charging points all around the country and the network will be expanding quickly during the next couple of years.

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The 2011 Electric Car Guide

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