EV Network UK
The UK directory of Electric Vehicle charge points.

 

Q: What is the EV Network?

A: The EV Network provides the UK's most comprehensive listing of charge points available for electric vehicles.  By building this database it is hoped to encourage the wider adoption of electric vehicles which provide zero pollution at the point of use and thus improve town and city centre environments.  Even when emissions from power stations are considered, then electric vehicles are normally responsible for significantly lower CO2 emissions than their conventional equivalents which helps to address global warming.

Many electric vehicle owners choose to purchase their electricity from renewable sources which makes the use of electric vehicles virtually carbon-neutral. 

 

Q: What area do you serve?

A: The EV Network covers the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  However we have visitors and enquiries from all over the world interested in charging facilities.

 

Q: Do I need planning permission for a charge point in the UK?

A: You might depending on what sort of organisation you represent and where you plan to put the charge point.

The situation is further complicated since the planning regulations pre-date the desire to install charge points and so charge points aren't directly mentioned.  It's thus possible that different planners may come to different conclusions depending on their interpretation of the regulations.  The notes below represent the opinions of a planner but, for the moment, may not represent the position of all planners. 

    Domestic Commercial  Public Charge Point 
Free-standing post

In front garden

  • need consent.

To side or rear of house

  • permitted development.

Off-street open car park

  • need consent.

 Off-street open car park

  • permitted under Section 12 if installed by Local Authority.

On-street:

  • permitted if installed by Local Authority (needs TRO under the 1981 Highways Act).
  • needs permission if installed by statutory undertaker (such as electricity company)
On an existing wall
  • Permitted development (unless listed or Article 4)
In a building such as a garage, workshop or covered car park.
  • Not development 

 

Q: What sort of sockets should be used for charge points?

There are two main socket types in use.

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13 Amp Domestic Sockets               16 Amp Industrial / Commando Socket

In theory you can draw slightly more current through the Commando plug/socket, although in practice the chargers on most EVs are limited to be compatible with 13 Amp sockets.  Many users (myself included) prefer the Commando socket as it is more robust but have battery chargers limited to 13 Amps so (with alternative cables or adaptors) it becomes possible to charge from either type.

Note that both types have covers making them suitable for outdoor use.  If you will be using a 13 Amp socket ensure that the cover closes over the proposed plug.  On some cheaper types the socket is only waterproof if there is no plug inserted.  That might be OK for mowing the lawn (you shouldn't use your electric mower in the rain) but you'll want to be able to leave your EV on charge overnight regardless of the weather.

Regardless of the type of socket you choose, the circuit should be protected by a Residual Current Device (RCD) which will automatically turn the power off if a problem develops.   

 

Q: When is the best time to charge my EV?

Overnight is the best time, because:

  1. It's cooler and some battery types prefer not to be charged in the heat of the day.
  2. It's cheaper if you have Economy 7 half price night time electricity.  Invest in a timeswitch to make the best use of the tariff.  10 kWh costs about 50 pence overnight and can provide around 40 miles of driving.
  3. You are least likely to want to use the vehicle and some batteries prefer to be fully charged rather than partially charged and charging disturbed.

 

Q: Can I have access to Network charge points without contributing one or more points myself?

A: As a member of the public you of course have access to all the public charge points listed on the public side of this site.  However EV Network membership is based on the principal of pooling available charge point resource.  You need to be a member to gain access to the members' database, and you are obliged as a member to grant reasonable access to your charge point(s).

 

Q: What sorts of membership are there?

A: The EV Network has three membership categories: (i) "personal members", (ii) "business members", and (ii) "public charge points".

"Personal Members" are generally individuals who want to gain access to charge points contributed by other members while contributing one or more charge points themselves.  "Personal Members" have access to the full functionality of this site.

"Public charge points" on the other hand are generally local authorities or businesses who provide public charge points for the use of others, but have no need of access to charge points themselves.  "Public charge points" do not have access to the full functionality of this site - only access to the non-member content and their own record(s).

"Business Members" are very like public charge points except that they are provided by businesses in exchange for some other service.  Thus, for example, a public house may allow diners to charge vehicles if they eat there, or a B&B may allow overnight guests to charge.

 
Membership Level   View Public Content   View Personal Members Content   View and Change own Content
 General Public (non member)  Yes  No  N/A
 Personal Member  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Business Member  Yes  No  Yes
 Public Charge Point  Yes  No  Yes

 

Q: I represent a public or business provider of charge points such as a council, supermarket chain etc, can my charge points be entered on the database?

A: Yes please!  Simply complete the Member Application but select the "Public charge-point" option to enter your points(s) on the database.  Details of your charge point(s) will then be available to both members and non-members.

 

Q: My organisation's charge points are already listed but the details are wrong..

A: Send an e-mail to and we'll give you control of your database entry.

 

Q: I have charge points in multiple locations, how do I get them all on the database?

A:  Individuals registering charge points at their homes or businesses are expected to provide a unique e-mail address for each location.  This helps to filter out duplicate memberships.

If you represent a company or organisation with multiple charge points to register then we can provide you with the means to register multiple charge points without the need for multiple e-mail accounts.  Any system-generated or consumer contact e-mails will be sent to a single physical e-mail address.  Please contact the administrator via to get this facility enabled.

 

Q: How do I know that these details are up to date?

A: We encourage the providers of charge points to register details of their own points.  Registrants may log-in at any time to update details of their own charge point location(s). The database also automatically generates annual chasers to prompt review by the registrant.

However if you find an entry that is incorrect then please send an e-mail to and we'll get it corrected.

 

Q: How do the maps work?

A: The maps show the locations of the charge points in the UK.  There are actually two maps, one in the public area and one in the members-only section.  The map in the public area shows only public charge points - that is those provided by local authorities, businesses etc for the use of the public.  The map in the members-only area shows both the public locations from the first map and the charge points contributed by members for the use of members.

The locations of the charge-points are shown using small coloured tags.  Clicking on the tag reveals a summary box of the details of that location, and a link to the full entry for that location in the database.  Only members have access to the full entry in the database for otjer members.  Non-members can see the map in the public area, the location tags, the summary boxes, and database records for public locations; but cannot access the records in the member database.

The site is routinely tested with current versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla Firefox internet browsers and there are no known issues with any of these.  Some older browsers are incompatible with Google maps and should see a message to that effect when trying to use the maps - if you want to use the functionality please update your browser.

 

Q: Can you make an equivalent site for the USA?

A: Well we could but it would be lots of work and there are already several other databases in the USA.  The nearest equivalent was probably Zap's PlugInMap. but that seems to have dissappeared recently (that is of June 2nd, 2008).  Other US EV charge point resources are here EV Finder and EV Trans Portal.

 

Q: Can you make an equivalent site in Spanish supporting charging locations in Spain (or indeed most other language and country options)?

A: The EV Network is happy to provide advice and support for anyone wishing to establish an equivalent site supporting another country and in a different language, but is unable to provide such a service directly.  There is however nothing to stop overseas users registering charge points outside the UK in the database.  If entering a non-UK charge point then please identify the latitude and longitude of the location in the 'Directory listing text' field of the application form.

If a concentration of charge points starts to emerge in any other country then a customised view of the maps will be prepared centering on that country/area.

 

Q: What are your standard terms for settlement of invoices?

A: The EV Network settles invoices within 30 days of receipt as per normal commercial practice unless previously agreed otherwise.

 

 

Updated January 7th, 2010.

  

    
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