Charging and Range Everything you need to know about electric vehicle charging All electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) require manual charging – and there are plenty of ways to achieve this. Please read on to learn more about charging and range (the amount of miles a car can travel on electricity alone).


You’re never far from your nearest chargepoint.


Public Charging. Charging out and about.

By the close of November 2023, there were more than 81,500 public charging connectors around the UK. Needless to say, this figure continues to grow. To easily find your nearest public chargepoint, simply download Zapmap to your Android or Apple smartphone – it’s completely up to date and absolutely free!

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From Home

More than 90% of EV/PHEV owners charge their vehicle at home, either with a standard three-pin socket (rated at 3kW) or with a specially installed fast-charging wallbox (rated at 7kW).

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From Work

Many businesses provide employees with EV/PHEV charging solutions which mean that, at the very least, you should be able to charge your car using a conventional socket at work.

How to charge your Kia

All new Kia EVs and PHEVs come with a charging cable that can be connected to a three-pin power supply, domestic/work wallbox or public chargepoint. Some chargepoints are tethered, which meansa cable is already attached.

Need to know more?

Please view our FAQs about charging and range. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to get in touch with the friendly, knowledgeable Flear & Thomson showroom team.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?


​Charging costs depend on battery size and the price of electricity at the time of charging. The higher capacity the battery, the more electricity it will need. As things stand, electricity is cheaper than fuel, which is why it’s more cost-effective to run an electric car than any other form of motorised vehicle.

How long does an electric car take to charge – and what factors affect charging?


Charging times depend on battery capacity and the charging method. For instance, the Kia Niro EV takes approximately 48 minutes to achieve a 20% to 80% charge when using a 50kW fast-charging public connector.

Other factors affecting charging include extremes of temperature and the condition of the battery.

What is an electric car's longest range?


It depends on the electric car in question. For example, the Kia EV9 offers a range of up to 336 miles.

How long do electric car batteries last?


Modern-day electric car batteries should last between 10 and 20 years before a replacement is required. Kia EV and PHEV car batteries are covered by a standard seven-year warranty.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?


It depends on the vehicle. Let’s look at the Kia EV6 as an example:

  • £34 – 20% to 80% charge using a public charger (rated at 50kW)
  • £21 – 0% to 100% charge using a three-pin socket (3kW) or a domestic chargepoint (7kW)

What is a hybrid vehicle?


Unlike an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, a hybrid vehicle is self-charging, which means there’s no need to plug it in. While it’s not as efficient as an EV or PHEV, it’s more so than most combustion-engined equivalents.