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All you need to know about electric-car charging

The DrivingElectric charging hub is your one-stop shop for news and information about charging electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the UK

Charging

Charging… it's probably the number-one issue for people considering buying a fully electric or plug-in hybrid car right now. You may want to know if and how you can charge at homehow much it'll cost, how long it'll take, what 'smart charging' is, whether you can charge for free anywhere and what your options are for rapid charging while out and about on a longer journey.

Well, you've come to the right place. Scroll down below to browse our extensive library of charging content, including detailed guides to using the various electric-car charging providers and networks in the UK, as well as practical information on how charging works at home and in public, plus the latest news on new charging services, apps, networks and infrastructure in the UK.

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