Which chargers are installed where is usually determined by the type of destination. For example, drivers on a long journey are less likely to want to stop for long to top up their battery, which is why ultra-fast chargers capable of charging at speeds of up to 150kW are installed on bp forecourts.
If your electric car does not support charging speeds of up to 150kW, the next fastest option for charging is a rapid charger. These are often installed in locations like restaurants or hotels where drivers are more likely to spend an hour or so, which is why rapid chargers capable of charging at speeds of up to 50kW are often installed in these locations.
One important point to note is that electric cars typically slow down the rate of charge they will accept once the battery reaches 80%, to prevent the battery from sustaining damage due to consistently charging at a high speed. This means that charging from 80-100% can take an additional hour or so, therefore most electric car drivers only charge up to around 80% when using a rapid or ultra-fast charger.
At the other end of the scale, drivers parking up at a shopping centre, office or railway station won’t need to charge as quickly, which is why destination chargers capable of charging at speeds of between 3 and 22kW are installed in these locations.
When it comes to finding a charger, drivers can use the bp pulse app or map of charge points and filter the results for chargers by clicking the icon with three lines inside the search bar.