A guide to electric car charging


There are so many benefits to having an electric car: a quieter drive, a low maintenance car, low running costs and, of course, low emissions.

But as electric vehicles are still a relatively new proposition, you might not know how to use some of the features. The most important of these features is how to charge your electric car. We’ll be taking you through your electric car charging tutorial and cover questions on how long to charge an electric car for and where you can charge your electric car.

Electric car charging

There are three main ways you can charge your electric car: at work, at home or using a public charging point.

If you’re using a public charging point, these can be easily located through your Sat Nav. There are also lots of useful apps you can use such as ZapMap, which locates the nearest public charging location to you if you’re ever in a jam. If you’re paying at a public charging station you will obviously have to pay but this is usually done via an app. The good news is that as the popularity of electric cars rises, the more charging stations will carry a feature using contactless card payments making it even more easy to charge your electric car at a public charging station.

Electric car charging at home is relatively simple - you’re just going to need a long extension cable! You can charge your car from any standard 110v outlet that you have in your home with no trouble.

If you don’t have a drive or garage and you’re parking your car on the street, you might choose to put some protective gear over the wire of your extension cable. This ensures that people can walk over it safely without any tripping hazards. It also makes sure your extension cable lasts as long as possible without it being trodden down.


How long to charge an electric car?

At MG, we have a collection of electric cars for you to choose from. Each car has lots of fantastic features and different driving ranges so you can choose the one that’s best for you. How long to charge an electric car depends on what car you choose! We’ll take you through all the different charging times for all the different electric cars so you can make the right choice for you.



New MG ZS EV Long Range can reach a full charge from a 7kW domestic charger in approximately 10.5 hours. For a Type 2 or CCS public rapid charging point, you can achieve 80% charging capacity in 63 minutes.

The MG ZS EV has a shorter charge time for most outlets, making it a great choice if you're going to need a speedier getaway.


MG5 EV Long Range

The charging capacity of any car is going to depend on what kind of charger you’re using. For the MG5 EV Long Range to reach full charge, there are the following options. Using a 7kW fast charger, a full charge takes approximately 9.5 hours. When using a 50kW public rapid charger, the car can be charged to 80% capacity in 61 minutes.

Of course, you don’t have to charge your car every night as you’re not going to use the full extent of the battery every day. However, for long journeys it would be beneficial to note the public rapid chargers en route so that you know you’re going to be able to fill up without any issues.


MG HS Plug-in Hybrid

MG HS Plug-in Hybrid can reach full charge from a 7kW fast charger in just 4.5 hours. 

The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid is also speedy when it comes to electric car charging, as well as being the ideal bridge for those not quite ready to go fully electric.