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There are two main types of electric vehicle charging that you may opt for. The main difference being the length of time taken to charge.

In simple terms, destination charging lower powered alternating current (AC), will suit you if you plan to park for a longer stay. Example locations include residential (both off-street and on-street), workplaces, accommodation (hotels and B&Bs), amenities (including retail and restaurants) and public transport hubs (such as park and ride sites).

Journey charging, higher powered direct current, (DC) will generally better suit you if you travel longer distances and want to have a quick top-up charge before continuing with your onward journey. They can also provide a local alternative to destination charging if you prefer not to leave your vehicle unattended. Example locations could be at existing refueling forecourts or service stations, sites within proximity of trunk roads or within town centre hubs.

We will explore key attributes to consider when you are specifying what charging infrastructure to install on a site in the next sections. A blend of solutions may be appropriate in many areas.