EV Charging FAQ
Do I have to use a charging station to charge my EV?
Electric vehicles can plug in to a standard domestic 13amp wall-socket. However, there is a safety benefit in having a dedicated charging station installed as well as decreasing charging time.
Are Viridian EV charging stations suitable for home installations?
Yes, very much so. The Office of Low Emission Vehicles have approved a number of our units for installation at domestic locations. Different variants are suitable for different applications, talk to us to find out more!
Are Viridian EV charging stations suitable for the workplace?
Yes, very much so. We supply 3 phase units that can charge at 22kW where there is 3 phase power available.
Do I have to use an electrician to install my charge point unit?
Installation of our EV charging stations should only be carried out by fully qualified professionals. We can easily refer you to one of our approved installers. Click here to find an Installer.
Are Viridian EV charging stations compatible with all Electric Vehicles?
Our charging stations are compatible with most EVs currently available on the market. In the EU electric vehicles generally have a Type 1 or Type 2 socket so choosing the correct connector is important. We supply units suitable for both Type 1 and Type 2 applications, give us a call for support!
How long does it take to charge an Electric Vehicle?
Charge time is dependent on a number of variables, including battery capacity and power available. Typical charge times are about 6 – 8 hours at around 3kW, 3 – 4 hours at 7kW, 1 hour at 22 kW and around 30 minutes at 43 – 50 kW.
How much does it cost to charge an Electric Car?
The cost of charging your electric vehicle will vary depending if you are charging at home or at a public access charge point, which have different rates set by different networks, some are even free!
At home, charging your car will typically cost between £1 and £3 (depending on tariff) for about a 100 mile range.
Is theft a concern with charging cables when charging in public?
The plug to plug cables Viridian EV supplies through ecoHarmony are lockable. The Type 1 cables have a small hole in the release trigger through which a small padlock can be inserted, locking the cable in the sockets. The Type 2 cables can be locked into sockets with an electromechanical locking mechanism whilst the car is charging.
Do the charging stations collect data and, if so, how will it be used?
The charging stations we sell under the OLEV Homecharge Scheme are required to collect frequency and electricity usage data. This data is collected anonymously and reported back to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.