Complete guide to the Engenie charging network
Engenie is an electric-car charging network that's spread across the UK, excluding Northern Ireland.
The company will be rebranding as Osprey in autumn 2020 but will be known by its current name until then. The change of name has coincided with a significant expansion plan for the firm, which includes the planned installation of 2,000 chargers in the UK by 2024.
In June 2020, Engenie announced a retail partnership with Brookhouse Group, to install rapid EV chargers across its UK retail parks. The scheme, totalling 17 rapid chargers across 10 sites, is the largest of its kind. So far, 13 chargers are live, with the final four due before the end of the year.
Engenie's network is mostly made up of 50kW DC rapid chargers offering CCS and CHAdeMO connections, as well as some slower AC chargers using a Type 2 connection. These are the universal socket types for all modern electric cars, so will be compatible with all new electric cars.
There’s no need to register with Engenie – all of its charging points are activated with simple contactless payment using your debit card or smartphone, and it all of the electricity it provides is from renewable sources.
While it's far from the largest charging network, it has been credited as being one of the easiest networks to use and came seventh in the Driver Power Top 10 charging point providers.
How much does charging cost?
Charging costs 36p/kWh at Engenie rapid chargers, which means a 20-80% top-up on a car with a 50kWh battery, such as the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, would cost just under £11.
Engenie has eight 'legacy' chargers in various locations, which use a Type 2 connection (that you have to provide the cable for, unlike the DC rapid chargers) but can still charge at up to 43kW. These are charged at a £5 flat rate.
You can also pay for a top-up at an Engenie point using various third-party accounts, including a Shell Recharge card, New Motion card, e-tron Charging Service, Plugsurfing card and an Allstar One card.
How fast can I charge?
Most Engenie chargers offer up to 50kW charging via a DC rapid connection that uses the European standard CCS or CHAdeMO connection points. This will deliver 100 miles of range in around 45 to 60 minutes depending on the temperature and your car's battery condition.
Engenie also has a handful of Type 2 chargers that offer up to 43kW charging rate, although very few electric cars are able to take advantage of that charging rate via a Type 2 socket – most will only charge at 7.4kW from this socket type, unless they've been upgraded.