Electric car charging points near me: charge points in Sunderland, which network to use and how much it costs

According to recent estimates, the UK now has more than 200,000 electric cars zooming up and down its roads.

Thursday, 31st October 2019, 2:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st October 2019, 4:41 pm
Fees and charge types vary, so you’ll want to know your charging points ahead of time. Picture: Shutterstock

Many believe that the move towards electric is a key part of the country becoming more environmentally friendly, but the switch does present certain new challenges for drivers.

First and foremost, there’s the matter of where to charge your electric vehicle. While charging can be done at home or at work if the facilities are available, most drivers will also find themselves making use of public charging points.

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Some points do now offer pay-as-you-go contactless payments for non-members. Picture: Shutterstock

How do public charging points work?

To use a charging point, it is recommended that EV drivers become a member of a Public Charging Network. There is a wide range of companies that provide charging networks, from national companies such as ZeroNet, to region-specific ones like ChargePlace Scotland.

Methods also vary between companies – some provide an RFID card with which to access their services, while others offer an app. Many now provide both options.

Though most charging points require an account to be set up with the appropriate charging network, some now also offer a contactless pay-as-you-go option.

Most charging can be done at home, but you never know when you’ll need a top-up. Picture: Shutterstock

Different EVs require different chargers, so it’s important to become a member of a network with points that will suit your car. You’ll also want to select one with charging points in locations that are convenient for you.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary between different companies, so you may want to take that into account as well. Although many charging points are free to use, most of the faster ones will charge a fee. Often, this will include a flat connection fee, as well as a cost per time spent and energy used.

For example, ZeroNet charges no membership fee and many of its charging points are free to access, though customers are advised to check with the specific point first.

ChargePlace Scotland charge £20 per year for the use of an RFID card, but also offer a free app which can be used to access their charging points.

Where are the charging points in Sunderland?

Here’s a list of all the EV charging points currently available in Sunderland. For details of each charge point’s address, network and type of charger, visit the ZapMap.

St Marys Car ParkLivingstone Road Car ParkSunniside Car Park Floor FourCharles Street Car ParkWest Wear Street Car Park Sunderland Civic Centre Floor Four And FiveNile Street Car ParkBoughton Street Car ParkPark Lane InterchangeUniversity of Sunderland City SpaceLookers Kia SunderlandUniversity Of Sunderland St Peters CampusTesco Extra SunderlandStadium of Light Metro Minories SunderlandRoyal Sunderland HospitalSunderland Royal Hospital Chester LodgeTransport officeMorgan StreetSunderland Royal Hospital Education Centre Car Park