EV Drivers

Pay with contactless on our simple rapid chargers

Frequently Asked Questions

Key information

24/7 customer support line: 03300 101 757

A nationwide network of open-access rapid chargepoints, with no membership needed and normal contactless payment.

  • 50kW rapid charging stations in places you want to be
  • Simple PAYG tariff (36p/kWh) with no connection or transaction fees.
  • 24/7 driver helpline for immediate at-charger assistance.
  • CCS, CHAdeMO and AC Type 2 connections
  • Find us with live availability on Zap-Map and WattsUp

What our customers think

"This public charger is exactly how easy it should be - cheap, fast and simple contactless card payment."

Fully Charged’s Jonny Smith via Twitter

"I have switched shopping from Tesco to Sainsbury’s just because of this revolutionary charger."

Engenie customer, Cheshire East

"Absolutely faultless service, so easy using a debit card! Why on earth haven’t your competitors started rolling that out! Well done Engenie."

Adam T via Twitter

"Having a hot choco while I wait in the Elms. Seems a really nice place to take a break!"

Robnw67 via ZapChat

Are you getting the Engenie Experience?

Watch to find out what your rapid charging session could look like with Engenie: simple rapid charging where you want to be.

How it works

There’s no need to sign up or register for a card or app. Simply turn up, tap your bank card or phone, plug in, and you’re rapid charging!

If you wish to pay monthly, we do have an Engenie app which you can use to start and stop charges, billed by direct debit. Available for iOS and Android.

 

Frequently asked questions

How much will it cost to charge my car?

Our simple PAYG tariff is 36p/kWh (inc. VAT).

Please note, however, that our nine ABB legacy chargers are on a £4 flat rate. They are located at:

Church Road, Fleet
Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough
South Drive Sainsbury’s, Wilmslow
Princess Street Carpark, Congleton
Love Lane Carpark, Nantwich

How do I pay for my charging session?

You can pay for your charging session using contactless payment via credit or debit card, ApplePay or Android Pay. The contactless payment terminal is found on the charger itself, under the screen.

Can I pay with American Express?

At present, our contactless payment terminals cannot accept American Express cards.

Why am I seeing £29 on my card statement?

When you pay by contactless debit or credit card, a pre-authorisation amount of £29 is reserved on your card. This will be replaced with the actual charge amount within two working days of your charge.

If you had an error occur during your charge this could take up to 5 working days.

How long does it take for the pre-authorisation to clear?

Normally the pre-authorisation amount is replaced by the actual charge amount within 2 working days (if it appears at all).

If you are using a non-traditional bank’s debit/credit card then the settlement rules can be different, and the pre-authorisation can take up to 15 working days to disappear.

If you had a failed charge, it can take up to 5 working days to disappear.

Where can I access my receipts and charging history?

If you need a receipt or have a query about payment please email support@engenie.co.uk or call our 24-hour driver helpline on 03300 1000 50.

How do I use an Engenie electric car charger?

Simply park in the allocated EV charging bay and follow the instructions on-screen at the charger.

Do I have to register or be a member to use a charger?

No. You can use our chargers on a pay-as-you-go basis, without having to register or pay a subscription fee.

What kind of charger connectors do you have?

Each rapid charger is equipped to charge all EVs currently on the market, with CHAdeMO, CCS or Type 2 AC charging standards.

How do I find my nearest charge point?

You can find your nearest charge point, including all the chargers in the UK, by using Zap Map.

How do I know if a charger is up and running?

You can see whether a charger and its connectors are available or experiencing issues by clicking on their location markers on Zap Map.

Do I need to bring a cable?

Our rapid chargers have their own connectors for the CHAdeMO and CCS (DC) connections.

Some of our chargers’ AC connections require your own standard cable.

What happens if someone has pressed the emergency stop button?

The emergency stop button (located on the front or left side of the charger) immediately stops charger operations. The charger screen will display an emergency stop message and instructions to re-set.

If there is no emergency, you can twist the red button clockwise to release the emergency stop and return the charger to normal.

Always follow on-screen instructions.

What do I do if a charger isn’t working or my car won’t charge?

If you’re having problems with a charger, please call the support number displayed on the charger, or email support@engenie.co.uk. Let them know your location and what’s happened so our team will assist you.

Can I charge my EV to 100% at a rapid electric car charger?

Yes. However, due to battery design, the last 20% of charge can take almost as long as the first 80%, so it’s worth factoring this into your visit. Some cars stop the session at an 80% charge, so you will need to start a new session to top this up.

Which charging standards (plugs) does Engenie provide?

Engenie provides the following three charging standards at each charger:

  1. CCS (50kW) for BMW, VW, Chevrolet, GM, Porsche, Audi, Hyundai
  2. CHAdeMO (50kW) for Nissan, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen, Tesla, Daimler
  3. AC Type 2 for Renault, Tesla, Daimler, Smart, BYD

Can I charge my EV if another vehicle is charging on one of the connectors?

Yes. Our charge points provide simultaneous charging on the AC connector and either one of DC CHAdeMO or CCS connectors.

What happens if a non-EV is parked in one of the EV bays?

Almost all Engenie sites have two rapid chargers and multiple allocated charging bays. So there should usually be a free bay if this happens. But we know that this is a problem so have agreed with local authorities to enforce the bays with parking penalties for non-EVs, where we can.

How long can I stay at an Engenie charger?

Please check signage on site: the majority of our chargers do not have a time restriction, and you only pay for the electricity you put in your car. However, some carpark owners (e.g. Councils) have a maximum stay in operation across the carpark, which also applies to the EV bays. Where this is the case the signs will clearly state the maximum time allowed.