How to charge an EV

All you need to know about charging

How to recharge your EV at home or in the infrastructure

Whether you’re using a home charger or charge in the infrastructure, it’s easy to recharge your car's battery if you follow these simple steps.

Home charging

Charging at home conveniently enables you to wake up to a fully charged electric vehicle. But it’s only an option for specific living situations. If home charging is for you, you’ll need to know all about the advantages and costs. You’ll also need to learn about the different types of charging points and how to get, install and manage one of your own.

Public charging

Do you need to charge on the go? Public charging networks are growing each year across Europe and beyond. No need to worry about running out of range when there's always a public charger close by. We've got you covered with everything you need to know about using public chargers. From the speed, the costs, and using charge cards.

Charging speeds: How fast can I charge?

  1. The answer is - it depends.

    Different types of charging points offer different speeds, and your EV will be limited by its ability to receive and convert that electricity. If your car has an 11 kW onboard charger and you plug into a 7.4 kW home charger, you will only be charging at 7.4 kW. The car could take more power, but the charging point is limited. If your EV has a 6.6 kW onboard charger and you plug it into a standard, single-phase home 7.4 kW charging point, you will be limited to charging at 6.6 kW because the EV can’t take more.

7.4 kW power output

  • 50 kWh EV battery7h45m
  • 75 kWh EV battery10h

11 kW power output

  • 50 kWh EV battery5h15m
  • 75 kWh EV battery6h45m

50 kW power output

  • 50 kWh EV battery53 min
  • 75 kWh EV battery1h20m

150 kW power output

  • 50 kWh EV battery18 min
  • 75 kWh EV battery27 min

Make the most out of electric charging

When, where, and how long you charge an electric vehicle can make a difference in costs, so here are a few ways you can save money by doing your charging more wisely. If you're a private lease customer, we recommend that you check out where you can easily calculate the cheapest charging solution.

When and where you charge may have different outcomes and prices, so here are a few options for you that will make it easy for you:

Charge your EV at home

Charging your EV car’s battery at home is not only the most convenient, but with EV-friendly electricity rates, you could reduce your annual fuel costs by up to 60%. To get your EV charging costs down even further, consider solar or even wind power for your home. Charging your electric car's battery with sunshine is not only super green - it’s free!

Choose the best app

In your everyday driving, you’ll probably manage with a single app that helps you find a charging station, but if you’re travelling abroad or even touring multiple countries, you might find one app just isn’t enough. We've reviewed the best EV apps for you.

EV charging FAQs

What are the different ways to charge an EV? You can charge your electric car at home, at work, or in the infrastructure.How can I charge my EV at home? If possible, we recommend setting up a home charger. Being able to charge your EV at home helps provide security and ensures that you can start the day with a 100% charged EV. LeasePlan works with a number of providers of home charging stations, and we will be happy to talk to you about your options and help you get started with the charging solution that suits you best. The providers LeasePlan uses also handle reimbursement of kWh consumption in private homes.How can I charge an EV on the road? There is a large charging network established in Denmark, and this is still only getting bigger. Many charging operators are already in the process of expanding the network with more charging stations, which helps ensure that the public charging infrastructure continues to keep up with the increase in EVs. Charging is not included in the private leasing agreement, but LeasePlan cooperates with most charging operators, and you can therefore easily get around Denmark and abroad with your electric car. For company car users, charging is optional. Presently, Spirii and Clever are two of the largest charging operators in Denmark, but other operators such as OK, E.ON, Q8 and Circle K are also an option.What happens if my EV runs out of battery? Having your EV battery reach 0% while you’re out and about is not ideal. If your battery is low, we recommend finding a charging station as soon as possible to charge. However, if your battery has died then there is not much you can do. You will need to call roadside assistance and have your car towed or picked up on a flatbed truck.