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How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

Electric cars are the world’s next big thing, but charging them is something many of us are still getting used to. To charge an electric car, the cost varies depending on whether you are at home, work, or using a public charging port. Here we offer a guide discussing the cost of charging your electric car in these places, and how to save money while doing so.

What is the cost to charge an electric car at home?

In general, charging an electric car at home will cost you approximately £8.40 for a complete charge. This is probably the most cost-effective way to charge your car and is very convenient for obvious reasons. Many people opt to charge their cars at home overnight, meaning the battery will be full by the next morning, ready for the day ahead. In the UK, the domestic electricity rate, on average, is around 14p per kWh. This means that if you fully charge a 60kWh electric car, it’ll cost £8.40 to give you a range of approximately 200 miles.

Most home charging points efficiently charge your car at 3.7-7kW, which means for every hour your car is on charge, its range will be increased by 15-30 miles. If we compare this to using a standard 3-pin plug, you’ll only increase your car’s range by 8 miles for each hour of charge.

As of April 2020, customers can use the government OLEV grant to purchase a home charging point from £499 from Pod Point. Once this has been installed, it’s down to you to pay for however much electricity you use for charging purposes.

Comparatively, Project EV offers a home charger at £382, while Wall box has a more expensive option, at £550. You can take a look at here to compare the prices of brands who can help you with purchasing an electric charger for your home.

Charging an electric car at service stations

There are now thousands of public electric charging stations in the UK. The country’s biggest provider is Polar, who charge £8 per month to subscribe. You’ll then find that 80% of stations are free.

Ecotricity is the UK’s only provider of motorway charging points, and have over 145 public stations. These cost £6 for 30 minutes.

You may also come across what is known as a supercharger, of which Tesla own 150 across the UK. By charging at 120kW, they can provide your car with a range of 170 miles in just 30-40 minutes of charging. Depending on your car model, you may be entitled to free charging at these points. Take a look at their website for guidance.

How to save money when charging electric cars

As electric cars become more popular, smart home chargers are looking to find cheaper alternatives. One method is cheaper energy. For example, many smart home chargers now monitor your energy usage so you have a good idea of your costs. If costs are looking too high, it might be an indication to switch to cheaper tariffs. You can now use Rightcharge to compare energy tariffs for EV charging.

Greener energy is also an ideal option to consider, particularly as renewable energy generation in the UK is on the rise. If you switch to a renewable energy provider, you’re contributing to sustainability even more.

It’s also a good idea to manage your load on home energy supplies, as electric charging at home contributes a large additional load which can damage your fuse. We recommend looking for a smart home charger that will balance your charge point power with the rest of your house.

Finally, as mentioned above, make sure to check with your car supplier whether you are eligible for any charging amenities or discounts.

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