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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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Complete guide to the BP Pulse (formerly Polar Plus) charging network

This is how to charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car on the BP Pulse public charging network (which was formerly known as the Polar Plus network)
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Complete guide to the OZEV electric car home charging point grant
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The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) electric car wallbox charger grant makes installing a home charger cheaper. Here's how it works
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Find out all you need to know about the Pod Point Solo home wallbox charger for electric cars
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Octopus Energy's Electric Juice service gives access to multiple electric-car charging networks, with all payments appearing on a single bill
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How to find electric car charging points: Zap-Map

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Need to charge up your electric or plug-in hybrid car on the ChargePlace Scotland charging network? Here's all you need to know about how it works
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has indicated the brand's Supercharger rapid-charging network will open to other models of electric car later in 2021
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Motability to set new standards for electric-car charging point accessibility

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Accessible electric-car charger: UK firm secures funding

Design agency Duku has secured government funding to develop a charging point more suited to older drivers and those with disabilities
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