Airport Electric Car Charging

Here at Holiday Extras, we’re keen to ensure our customers enjoy Less hassle. More holiday, and this certainly doesn’t stop if you have an electric or hybrid vehicle. While you recharge your batteries on holiday, we recharge your car!

Electric Airport Car Parking

Trying to hunt down electric car charging points and stations can be a bit tricky, but we’ve put together all the electric car airport parking that you need to know!

Which Airports Have Electric Car Charging?

Below are detailed lists of airport car parks, airport hotels and hotels near major UK airports with electric car charging stations. Whether you’re looking for electric car parking in London or more further afield, find out: how much it is to charge an electric car, which airports you can charge your electric car at, and the different types of charging points and connections.

Stansted Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Radisson Blu Hotel 2 3kW 13A - 3-square pin; 7kW 32A - commando May need payment ZeroNet

Gatwick Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Holiday Inn 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50Kw 125A - CCS (Combo) Plus: 10.8p/kWh; Instant: Rapid - £6.00/30 mins + £1.20 connection fee POLAR
Crowne Plaza 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50Kw 125A - CCS (Combo) Plus: 10.8p/kWh; Instant: Rapid - £6.00/30 mins + £1.20 connection fee POLAR
South Terminal Orange Car Park 4 3kW 16A - Type 2 Mennekes Free Pod Point
North Terminal Short Stay Car Park 4 22kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes Free Pod Point

Heathrow Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
NCP Flightpath 2 3kW 13A - 3-square pin Plus: free; Instant: Rapid - £1.20 POLAR
Purple Parking 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50kW 125A - CCS (Combo) Plus: 10.8p/kWh; Instant: Rapid - £6/30mins +£1.20 connection fee POLAR
Moxy Hotel 12 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes May need payment Pod Point
Ibis Hotel 1 3kW 16A - Type 2 Mennekes N/A POLAR
Radisson Blu Edwardian 2 3kW 13A- 3-square pin; 7kW 32A - Type 2 Commando May need payment ZeroNet
Marriott Hotel 3 3kW 13A - 3-square pin; 7kW 32A - Commando; 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes May need payment Other; ZeroNet
Mercure Heathrow 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50kW 125A - CCS (Combo) 10.8p/kWh; Instant: Rapid - £6.00/30 mins + £1.20 connection fee POLAR
St Giles Hotel 2 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes Free Other
Holiday Inn Terminal 5 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50kW 125A - CCS (Combo) Free POLAR
Hyatt Place Hotel 2 3kW 16A - Type 2 Mennekes N/A Other
Hilton T5 Hotel 8 120kW (Tesla) - Tesla Type 2 27p/kWh. Idle fees: 35p/min over 100% charged Tesla Supercharger

Manchester Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Marriott Hotel 2 3kW 13A - 3-Square pin; 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes £10 per stay ZeroNet
Cresta Court Hotel 1 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes May need payment ZeroNet
Clayton Hotel 1 11kW - Type 2 Mennekes N/A N/A

Birmingham Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Airparks Drop and Go 5 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50kW 125A - CCS (Combo) 30p/kWh (Ecotricity customers 15p/kWh) Ecotricity
Holiday Inn Express NEC 3 43kW 63A - Type 2 Mennekes; 50kW 125A - JEVS (CHAdeMO); 50kW 125A - CCS (Combo). Plus: 10.8p/kWh; Instant: Rapid - £6.00/30 mins + £1.20 connection fee POLAR
Arden Hotel 3 3kW 13A - 3-Square pin; 3kW 13A - Commando; 7kW 32A - Commando May need payment ZeroNet

Luton Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Multi-Storey Parking at Luton Airport 13 7kW 32A - Commando & Type 2 Mennekes; 11kW 16A - Tesla Type 2 N/A Tesla Destination
Airparks Drop and Go N/A N/A Free N/A
Holiday Inn 2 7kW 32A - Type 2 Mennekes Free Pod Point
Ibis Hotel 2 3kW 16A - Type 2 Mennekes Plus: Free; Instant: Rapid - £1.20 connection fee only POLAR

Edinburgh Airport Electric Car Charging

Hotel / Car Park No. of Charging Points Types of Charging Points / Connection Charging Fees Network
Secure Airparks 10 3kW 16A - Type 2 Mennekes Free Other

*Information correct as of May 2019

Electric Car Parking FAQs

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

An electric car can take anything from half an hour to up to 12 hours to charge. This all depends on how big the battery is as well as how fast the charging point is. The fastest electric car charging points (43-150kW) are located at our hotels and car parks at Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham.

An electric car with a 60kWh battery takes around 8 hours to get a full charge from empty at a 7Kw charging point. You can add up to 100 miles onto your car's range with a rapid 50kW charger. As EV charging powers and cables vary, you can read more about the different types of EV chargers and their charge time below.

Are all EV (electric vehicle) chargers the same?

There are three different EV chargers: rapid, fast and slow.

Rapid chargers come with AC or DC power. Rapid AC chargers come with 4kW power, whereas Rapid DC chargers are powering at 50kW or more. Both types of Rapid chargers should charge electric vehicles to 80% capacity in 30 minutes to an hour. Other Rapid DCs include Tesla Superchargers, which charge at 120kW. Rapid AC chargers use a tethered Type 2 connector, whereas Rapid DC chargers come equipped with a CCS, CHAdeMO or Tesla Type 2 connection.

Fast chargers are those which have anything from 7kW to 22kW of power; these charge an electric car to full capacity in 3-4 hours. Fast connectors include a tethered Type 1 or Type 2 socket via connector cable.

Slow unit chargers are anything up to 3kW which are most ideal for overnight charging as it can take between 6-12 hours for a pure EV; for a PHEV, it takes 2-4 hours. Electric cars on a slow charge use a cable connected to the 3-pin or Type 2 socket.

Is parking free for electric vehicles?

Parking fees for charging your electric vehicle vary. At airports, you're likely to need at least 1 week's parking (or however long you're away for) which is why we recommend our airport parking and electric vehicle charge packages such as Luton Airparks Drop and Go or Birmingham Airparks Drop and Go, you can get a week's parking plus your electric car charged for as little as £6.00 a day.

If you're only going to be at the airport for a short time - such as dropping off or picking up passengers, your EV charge will most likely be free. Most official airport electric car charging stations are situated in the Short Stay car parks, so even if the electric vehicle charging points are free to use, you may have to pay the normal car parking rates for the time spent in the car park.

Alternatively, you could opt for one of our Airport Hotels with Parking and enjoy a night's stay in a hotel (where there's electric charging stations) near or at your departure airport with a week's parking. Some hotels that have electric car charging points include: Stansted Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn Gatwick, Mercure Hotel Heathrow, Clayton Manchester Airport, Holiday Inn Express NEC Birmingham and Ibis Luton Airport.

How much to charge an electric car?

The cost to charge an electric car varies! At home, it should cost you just under £8.00 for a full charge. If you charge your car at an airport, it can either be free or a charged at a standard or rapid rate for a fee (see our above tables for the latest airport electric car charging rates).

How do you charge an electric car?

To charge your electric car, you need to plug it into a charging point at the airport car park or hotel you're at (see our above tables for airports, airport hotels and airport car parks that have electric car charging stations). Depending on where you are, you can begin your car charge by plugging it in, using a contactless or RFID card, or by using an app.

Am I guaranteed an electric car parking space?

Not always. Most electric car parking spaces are on a first come, first served basis. You can use apps such as Zap-Map or Pod Point to see live data of which electric car charging points are in use before you arrive.