FAQ for charging in the UK

Thank you for your interest in charging with ubitricity. Find our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) for charging at ubitricity charge points in the UK here.


How can I find an ubitricity charge point near me?

You can find your nearest ubitricity charge point on our charge point map or by using an app by a E-Mobility Service Provider (such as Shell Recharge).

How do I pay for my EV charging session?

If you charge at this charge point with Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) via the qr code, the payment is via credit card or Apple Pay / Google Pay. After you have agreed to the tariff for charging, you will be prompted to enter your credit card details or to authorize Apple Pay / Google Pay. As soon as this is finished, charging can start and continues as long as you are plugged into the socket. When using our charge points through an e-mobility service provider by using an RFID card or mobile app, the respective costs are indicated in your mobility app.

What are the costs for charging at ubitricity charge points?

Costs for charging can vary from charge point to charge point. You can learn more about costs on our pricing page. 

If you charge via Direct Access, precise information about the respective costs are provided on the mobile site before entering your payment details. Please read through the tariff information carefully before you agree to the respective tariff. If you charge via RFID, the respective costs are provided in the Mobility App of your E-Mobility Service Provider (EMSP), such as Shell Recharge.

Why have I been charged prior to starting the charging session?

As soon as you start charging, your bank pre-authorises (reserves) £25 to ensure it’s available for you to pay with. If you have mobile banking, you may see this amount pop up. When you finish charging, we tell your bank the real amount you spent, they deduct it, and arrange to unreserve the pre-authorised amount. This process can take a few minutes to a few days depending on who you bank with.

What charging current is available at ubitricity charging points?

You can see the maximum charging current of the respective charging point on the mobile website before you start the PAYG charging process or in your E-Mobility App (such as Shell Recharge).

Are ubitricity chargers safe? What if people trip?

All ubitricity charge points are installed according to local health and safety standards. Our lamppost charge points are installed near the edge of the kerb meaning that the traditional trip hazard of trailing cables is reduced. Additionally, we encourage users to ensure their cable is tucked away during charging, to further reduce trip hazards to pedestrians.

Will my car be fully charged by the time I unplug?

Charging times depend on the battery capacity of your vehicle, the power output of the charge point and the rating of the charging cable. Generally, you can calculate your charging time by using the following formula:

Time = battery capacity of your vehicle / power output of charge point (which depends on the charge point or the charging cable). As we’re currently mainly operating lamppost and bollard charge points which focus on low power charging during long parking times, the power output at our charge points in the UK is usually 5 kW.

For example:

45kWh (battery capacity) / 5kW (power output) = charging time of roughly 9 hours if a 32 ampere charging cable were used.

Using a cable with lower ampere would limit the power output which would mean a longer charging time.

What should I do if I have a question about my charging?

If you have a question, or run into any problems, please contact us at 0800 024 6279 or support@ubitricity.co.uk. Let us know the charge point ID and the model of your car and we’ll investigate.

How do I get a public charger near where I live?

All public EV charge points must be procured and installed by your local authority. However, we can support you and forward to your request. Fill out the form on our website for free and we’ll pass it onto the relevant local authority. Please note that using this form does not guarantee a charge point placement.


Our tariffs

What tariffs does ubitricity offer and at what times do the different tariffs apply?

ubitricity has 2 tariffs: standard and off-peak. These prices apply at the following times:

Standard (7am – 12am)
Off-peak: (12am – 7am)

What is Smart Charging?

Smart Charging schedules your charging session to begin during  ubitricity’s off peak hours (midnight-7am). The off-peak hours are priced at a cheaper rate, saving you money on your charging session.

Currently drivers who charge at home already have the option to smart charge and access cheaper tariffs, with launch of ubitricity Smart Charging we are hoping to bring a similar advantage to people don’t always have access to a home charger.

You can learn more about Smart charging here. 

What will happen to my cable if I opt for Smart Charging?

We’ll lock your cable in place once you’ve selected our Smart Charging option. We won’t send any power to your car until the peak period ends. At the end of the charge, just unlock your cable as normal.

How will I know my charging session has started when using Smart Charging?

On our lamppost and bollard charge points, he LED light will turn green to show that your session has started – we just won’t send any power to your car until the peak period ends. Depending on what type of car you have, you may see a different message in your car app.

Charging Process

Is there anything I must be aware of when charging?

Please ensure your charging cable is tucked away when your car is charging, this is to avoid accidents such as trip hazards to yourself and pedestrians.

Be aware when using our charge points that there may be parking restrictions where parking fees may apply. These are independent from any ubitricity charges.

How will I know my charging session has started?

On ubitricity lamppost and bollard charge points, the LED light on the charge point will turn green to show that your session has started.

How do I end the charging session?

When using PAYG,  you have to unplug the charging cable from the vehicle to release the cable and stop the charging session. It is very important to unplug the cable from your vehicle first before unplugging from the charge point. The charged electricity is billed to your credit card. You will receive a separate invoice via email.

The LED of the charge point is off, what should I do?

Please write us an email at support@ubitricity.co.uk or  call +44 800 024 6279 (available 24/7) to report the issue.

Why didn’t my charging event start after I have authorized a charging process via Pay-As-You-Go?

Please ensure your cable is plugged in properly.

Please unplug your cable and start the process again. Once you have entered your payment details please wait for a connection between the car and the charge point to be established. Once a mobile connection has been successfully established, the button at the bottom of the payment page will be visible, and you need to click it to start charging.

Some EV models require a different plug-in sequence for our charge point to connect to the vehicle successfully. Please try again using the following sequence:

Step 1: Unplug the cable from the charge point.

Step 2: Scan the QR code

Step 3: Connect your cable to the charge point.

Step 4: Allow the charging event to start. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate the charge session. Once on-line connection has been automatically established by the charge point you will be able to enter your payment details (or select a payment card previously stored on you Smart Phone). Continue to follow the instruction to commence your charge session.

Step 5: Once charging has started plug your cable into the car.

My charging cable is locked in the charge point. What should I do?

Try to plug in the cable a little tighter into the charge point, then unplug again. If it’s impossible to remove your cable, please contact our support team. Do not try to remove the cable by force! This could cause damage to the cable.

Why was there no power drawn during my charge event?

  1. Your car may already have a fully charged battery, please check your battery level.
  2. This could be due to a faulty charge point, please check for the correct LED colour during the connection process (BLUE when the socket is available to use, then ORANGE when the cable is plugged in but the charge event has not started, then GREEN when charging).
  3. You may not be plugged in correctly, please unplug your cable and reconnect the cable correctly.
  4. There may be a local power outage.

If the solutions above, do not work please call our customer service team on call who will be happy to help.

What happens in case of a technical disturbance in the grid?

Due to technical issues in the distribution grids, the electric current can be interrupted from time to time. Normally, this shouldn’t be a problem as the pauses in supply are very short. But even if there should be a longer shortage of electricity, there’s no need to worry: You only pay for the electricity you have actually charged.

What happens if mobile communication fails? Can my EV charge then?

In this case, a subsequent data transaction enables charging by using an expiring certificate that actualizes itself when reconnecting online.

How is my payment data protected? Is my payment safe?

The security of your data is very important to us. Payments are handled by a secure third-party payment provider and are compliant with the usual online banking standards.

Is Direct Access secured against fraud attempts?

Please make sure that the URL in your browser starts with mysimplesocket. This will help you to avoid fraud attempts through QR codes that are stuck over.

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