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Electric Car Charging

EV Charging with Bridgend Ford

The how, when and where of electric vehicle charging might appear to be something of a minefield. For a start, given that there are three main types of electric vehicle (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric), what are their particular charging requirements?

Also, you might be wondering about electric range – what is it and how it might affect you if you choose a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric car?

There’s no need to worry, however: Bridgend Ford is here to help you navigate the world of electric charging – and explain the available options.

Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Charging

All HEVs (and MHEVs) are self-charging, something that doesn’t apply to PHEVs and EVs, which can be charged…

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It’s estimated that approximately 80% of PHEV/EV owners charge their vehicle at home, which is hardly surprising since it’s the most convenient option. And if you drive to and from work, you should be able to charge your vehicle there too.

In either scenario, you have options.

Three-pin power source – rated at 3 kW, a standard three-pin socket provides the most readily available home-charging solution, even if it’s the slowest. Nevertheless, it’s a popular choice for a great many PHEV/EV drivers because it allows a vehicle to be charged overnight.

In most cases, a Type 2 cable (which is standard with European and Asian vehicles produced from 2018 and onwards) is supplied with a PHEV or EV. (Type 1 charging connectors are commonly used with North American vehicles.) You’ll need this to connect your car to an available home/work three-pin power outlet.

Dedicated wallbox – such as a Ford Connected Wallbox; a specially installed option which is rated at 7 kW, thus enabling fast-charging speeds.

A Ford Connected Wallbox comes with an integrated 7.5-metre Type 2 charging cable and is WiFi enabled, allowing you to manage charging via the FordPass app. (Please consult the Long Trips section of this page for FordPass details.)

Please refer to the Charging Times section of this page for information about 3 kW and 7 kW charging speeds.

There are more than 26,800 charging locations throughout the UK, including at least 72,700 connectors and 45,700-plus devices. Since as many as 2,000 devices per month are being added, the aforementioned figures will already be out of date when you read this.

One of the great benefits of public charging is the increase in charging speeds you’ll encounter. For instance, most public charging points offer rapid charging capability, and many allow compatible PHEVs and EVs to enjoy ultra-rapid charging speeds.

Rapid chargers are typically rated from 43 kW while ultra-rapid chargers are rated at 100 kW or higher.

Please refer to the Charging Times section of this page for information about fast-charging speeds.

How to charge? How do you charge a hybrid or electric vehicle? The honest answer is: it depends on the type of vehicle you choose and how you go about charging it. Let’s look at the options while exploring the different kinds of electric cars:
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)/Mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV)
A car or van equipped with a combustion engine, which is boosted by an electric motor which, in turn, is powered by a self-charging battery.

HEVs (including MHEVs) are one step up from a regular combustion-engined vehicle because they run purely on fuel. The purpose of the motor is to assist the engine, and it does so by delivering instant torque, for example.

HEVs are typically more affordable to run and produce fewer emissions than conventional cars – they’re also convenient, because no manual charging is required.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
PHEVs are similar to HEVs in that they feature a combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery. However, the main difference is that a PHEV can run on electric-only power over a certain distance. For instance, the Ford Kuga PHEV offers an all-electric range of up to 41 miles, which is very useful if you do much of your driving in a town or city.

Compared to an HEV (and especially a combustion-engined car or van), PHEVs are significantly more affordable to run and produce considerably fewer emissions.

PHEVs require manual charging, which can be achieved at home, at work or on the road.
Electric vehicle (EV)
The most affordable type of motor car to run, an EV also produces zero harmful emissions, making it the most eco-friendly option.

EV range is dependent on the vehicle in question. For example, the Mustang Mach-E offers a range between 293 and 372 miles.

EVs are fitted with a fully electric powertrain, consisting of an electric motor and a high-capacity battery. As with PHEVs, EVs require manual charging, which can be done at home, at work or out and about.

Charging Times

Charging times vary according to the type of plug-in hybrid/fully electric vehicle you drive and the charging option you use. For instance, an EV requires longer charging times than a PHEV because it runs solely on electricity, whereas a PHEV has a combustion engine to fall back on.

90kw Battery
50kw Charger
2 hours to charge
Short Trips.
If you intend to make a short trip, an EV is more than capable of getting you there and back without you needing to charge the battery on the way. For instance, upon a full charge, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E offers a range of up to 273 miles.

If you drive a plug-in hybrid – such as the Kuga PHEV – and its battery is fully charged, you’ll be able to enjoy all-electric motoring for up to 41 miles.
Medium Trips.
When travelling further afield, it’s more essential to check that your EV’s battery has enough power, assuming you aren’t factoring in any charging pit stops. With a fully topped-up battery, you should be fine; for example, the all-new E-Transit Custom offers a range of up to 236 miles.

A PHEV will be unable to complete medium trips on electric power alone, which is why it has its combustion engine to fall back on.
Long Trips. If embarking on a journey of several hundred miles, it’s quite possible that even a fully topped-up EV battery will run out of juice. This is where the extensive network of public charging points comes in very handy. With the Zap Map app (free to download from the App Store or Google Play), you can easily find your nearest public charging station. Of course, you may prefer to use Ford’s dedicated FordPass solution which allows you to check your range, find your nearest charging station, monitor charging progress, pay for charging and much more. The FordPass app is also free to download for Apple and Android smartphones. Please click here to learn more.

Electric Charging FAQs

Please browse our frequently asked questions to see if your electric query is answered. If not, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly, knowledgeable Bridgend Ford team.

Contact Us You can get in touch with a member of the team at Bridgend Ford today in order to learn more about the benefits of going electric and to schedule a test drive for a time that is convenient for you.Our Mercedes-Benz dealerships are in Birmingham, Solihull, Tamworth, Manchester, Macclesfield, Stockport and Whitefield.