Powering up - it's easy to charge an electric vehicle
It can be as easy as plugging in your phone or laptop. There are three ways to charge: using a normal household socket, a wallbox or a public chargepoint. The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the charging point. For maximum speed, convenience and safety, we recommend you have a dedicated home wallbox installed.
Away from home, you can choose from two types of charging: AC or DC.
AC is the same charging method you might use with your home wallbox. These units are found in places where you’ll be parked longer – train stations, shopping centres, office buildings and so on.
DC or rapid-charging units are usually found in service stations or near supermarkets, restaurants and the like. They can charge a Vauxhall at up to 100kW – much faster than AC units – so you can use DC to top up your batteries on longer journeys.
You can use either a standard three-pin socket or a dedicated EV charging wallbox. Both are easy but a wallbox is 30-60% quicker.^
Purchase and installation of your home wallbox charger
We have partnered with leading home charging providers and wallbox installers who will take care of everything from arranging your government grants, through to installation of the wallbox in accordance with all local regulations and safety standards. They can also provide maintenance and yearly check-ups upon request. Speak to Wilson and Co and we will manage the whole process for you.
Making the switch to electric couldn't be easier with our ownership package, which includes a 7kW wallbox charger.
The Smart Solo 7kW charger, provided by Pod Point, offers fast and reliable home charging. Meaning you can plug in your electric vehicle overnight and wake the next day powered up and ready to go. It also comes with a free 5 year warranty.
Good news. You could get a Government grant of up to £350 towards installing a home wallbox. To qualify, you need to have dedicated off-street parking, a smart meter and use an approved installer. To find out more, search ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)’.
No off-street parking
If you don’t have off-street parking, charging can be a bit of a challenge. But the public charging network is growing every day. And local authorities can help make life easier, too. They can apply for funding to create or add charging points in their area. Check what plans your local authority has. Or search ‘On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme’.
You can plug-in to one of almost 20,000 public chargepoints in the UK.† It’s one of the biggest networks in Europe. And it’s growing every day.
Motorway driver? 96% of motorway service stations have rapid chargepoints. You could charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes – a perfect time for a break and a cuppa.†
The Government wants to help more companies install charging points. So they’ve created the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). This could provide up to £350 per socket for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. To qualify, they need to provide dedicated off-street parking for staff.
Subscription to BP Pulse Network
With every purchase of a Vauxhall electric vehicle we offer a free 6-month subscription to bp pulse network (the UK's largest network of public charging points), and then just £7.85 a month thereafter.††
Paying for charging
The nationwide public charging network is made up of different companies. They usually offer either a subscription service or pay-as-you-go. Or both. You may need more than one provider on your journey. So work out which method is best for you. Find out more here.
Subscription: You normally pay a monthly fee. And most chargepoints will be free to use. Sometimes there will be a cost per charge or per kWh.
Pay-as-you-go: Mobile apps are replacing RFID cards (cards sometimes have an annual fee).4 There’s a £1 connection cost unless indicated. Rapid charging may cost extra.
Cost of charging
Charging costs vary. Depending on battery size, where you charge and when. At home, the average overnight electricity rate is 13p per kWh. So a full charge would be around £7. But you need to check your supplier and their tariffs.
Public network charge stations set their own prices. So there’s a bit of variety. But electricity is much cheaper than the cost of petrol or diesel per mile.
Want to power up quickly? Go for a rapid charger. You’ll find them at 96% of motorway service stations and they’ll deliver an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.2 You’ll sometimes have to pay extra for this speedy service. To find the nearest rapid charger, visit here.
Thinking about making the switch to electric? Find your nearest charge points using our helpful map, and plot your journey from A to B to see how far the Corsa-e will take you on a single charge.
††Customers are required to provide credit/debit card details to their account when signing up, for any electricity used to be charged to. £7.85 per month payable after the first 6 months for ongoing subscription. Existing bp pulse subscribers can still benefit by contacting the bp pulse help-desk to receive 6 months credit applied to their account. Offer available in conjunction with all other Retail offers. One claim per person per vehicle purchase. Offer not transferable and no cash alternative. Vauxhall Motors Limited reserves the right to change, amend or withdraw this offer at any point in time.
Fuel economy and CO2 results for the Vauxhall Corsa-e 100KW (136PS). Mpg (l/100km): N/A. CO2 emissions: 0g/km. Electric range up to 209 miles (WLTP). The Corsa-e is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. Everyday use may differ and is dependent on various factors. In particular: personal driving style, route characteristics, exterior temperature, heating/air conditioning, pre-conditioning and battery condition.
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