How to charge an electric vehicle (EV) is one of the biggest concerns people have when working out whether going electric is right for them. If you live in a flat, for instance, or don’t have off-street parking, gaining access to reliable charging can seem a bit tricky. But it may be easier than you think.

I made the move from town to country with my kids a couple of years ago, to a house with a driveway and a home charger. But before my rural life began, I lived in London, in a terrace house with no parking, and ran electric cars for five years using charge points in all sorts of locations. It worked out much cheaper than filling a car with petrol, and wasn’t half as stressful as I thought it would be. It will be even easier for you now.


First, download an app such as Zapmap, which gives you a comprehensive map of the UK’s public charging points (more than 55,000, and increasing by the day) – showing their locations, how powerful they are, and whether they’re working.

All this is vital info because, even if you have lamp-post charging on your street (accessed via your phone, and cheaper than most other forms of public charging), or public charging points nearby (in car parks at supermarkets, offices, hotels, leisure centres, restaurants, and more), you will need alternatives in case they are in use.

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