EV Charging At Next
We will be charging 20p/Kwh for charging electric vehicles at all NEXT locations. The charge will be introduced from Monday 6th November 2023.
Some of our sites have Vendelectric Units fitted, to use these units please follow the below instruction
Make Sure you are ready to charge at home
Most energy providers have introduced off peak or overnight EV charging tariffs which will make charging your car even cheaper.
Please note that the tariff is correct at the time of publicationn and may be subject to change at short notice
Whilst we can’t recommend a particular supplier, the sites below cover many of the commonly used suppliers who provide tariffs of this type:
How long does it take to charge a car?
How long it takes to charge an EV car depends on the car’s battery size, how many miles you do between charges, your charging behaviour and the power rating of the charger you are using.
SLOW - Usually rated up to 3kW and is mainly used to charge overnight at home. Typically takes 8-10 hours to fully charge
RAPID - Typically rated from 43kW and generally found at service stations and petrol stations. These chargers take between 30 and 60 minutes to fully charge but it only compatible with vehicles that have rapid-charging functionality
Approved Home Charging Installers
If you are looking to install a home charging unit you can find a list of approved EV chargepoint installers here, simply input your Postcode to view the results for installers local to you
If you own or rent a flat you maybe eligible to receive the EV Chargepoint Grant. You can get either £350 or 75% off the cost to buy and install a socket, whichever amount is lower. Click here to see if you are eligible to apply.
To apply for the grant please click here
What is an electric car?
An electric car, also known as an electric vehicle (EV), is a vehicle powered by electricity stored in batteries. It uses an electric motor to propel the vehicle, eliminating the need for traditional combustion engines that rely on petrol or diesel
How do electric cars work?
Electric cars store electricity in onboard batteries. When you plug the car into a charging station, the batteries are charged. The electric motor then uses this stored energy to power the wheels allowing the car to move.
What are the benefits of driving an electric car?
Electric cars offer several benefits, including reduced greenhouse emissions, lower fueling costs, quieter operation, and potentially lower maintenance costs due to fewer moving parts
Where can I charge my electric car?
You can charge an electric car at home using a standard electric outlet or a dedicated home charging station.
The UK primarilly uses two types of connectors
Type 2 (Known as Mennekes) for slower charging
CCS (Combined charging system) for both slow and fast charging
Tesla vehicles use their own proprietary connector, but adapters are available for Tesla owners to use other charging stations
There aren't enough charging stations in the UK
The charging infrastructure in the UK has been expanding rapidily, and there are now thousands of public charging points across the country. Major routes and urban areas are well covered, reducing the likelihood of being unable to find a charging station
Range anxiety refers to the fear of running out of battery power before reaching your destination or a charging station. This concern is decreasing as electric car technology advances
Electric Cars have a limited range and aren't suitable for long trips
Modern electric cars offer varying ranges, with many models having sufficient range for everyday driving and even long trips. With the growing charging infrastructure, planning routes with charging stops has become easier, making long journeys feasible for electric car owners.
Charging an electric car takes too long
The charging time varies depending on the chargers power output and the cars battery capacity.
Rapid charging stations can provide a 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes. Additionally, charging at home overnight could provide a full charge each morning without the need for long waits
Electric cars are less powerful than petrol / diesel cars
Electric cars are known for their instant torque, which provides quick acceleration and a responsive driving experience. Many electric cars offer impressive performance, and some high-performance electric models can outpace their petrol / diesel counterparts
Electric cars are bad for the environment
While manufacturing and disposing of batteries have environmental impacts, the overall carbon footprint of electric cars is lower compared to traditional vehicles, especially as renewable energy sources become more prevalent. Additionally, battery technology is improving and recycling efforts are increasing
Electric cars are not suitable for cold climates
While extreme cold can affect battery effiency to some extent, modern electric cars are designed to perform well in a range of temperatures. preconditioning features allow you to warm up the cabin while the car is still charging, helping to conserve battery energy
Electric cars are less safe
Electric cars are subject to teh same rigorous safety standards as traditional vehicles. Manufacturers implement safety measures to protect the battery and passengers in case of accidents. In some cases, electric cars have been shown to have lower fire risk compared to petrol / diesel cars
Electric cars are not practical
While home charging is convenient, it's not the only option. Public charging stations, workplace charging, and community charging solutions are becoming more common, making it possible for people without a garage or drive way to charge an electric car
Electric cars are more expensive than petrol / diesel cars
While the upfront cost of electric can be higher, over time, electric cars can be more cost effective due to lower fuelling and maintenance costs