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How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car?


How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

The cost of charging an electric car depends on whether you're charging your vehicle at home, at work, or at a public charging point.

What are the costs of charging an electric vehicle?

Electric cars cost much less to charge, compared with petrol or diesel, but the costs can vary, depending on where you charge your car.  

When filling up with petrol or diesel, you look at the pence-per-litre price, as your car had a fixed size petrol tank.  For electric cars, your 'tank size' is the size of your battery and instead of pence per litre costs, you need to consider the price per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

Charging at Home

It costs around £15 to fully charge your electric car at home.  Domestic electricity costs are on average 28p/kWh (although they can vary, so check your supplier) which means that to fully charge an electric car with a 60kWh battery costs around £15.  This ought to give you enough of a charge for 200 miles of driving.

Most drivers with an EV charging point at home, charge their vehicles overnight, so they're ready to hot the road the next morning.

Charging at Work

Some employers install free workplace charging points, and see it as an incentive for their employees.  If your employer has free EV charging, getting an electric car could save you hundreds of pounds on your travel costs.

Charging at Public Charge Points

Public charge points can be more expensive.  If you're looking for a public EV charge point, we recommend  apps like Pod Point, or Zap Map, to help you to find one. 

At a rapid charge point, found at motorway services, it costs around £11 for a 30 minute charge, which will get you something like 90 miles of range.

Is it Cheaper to Charge an Electric Car at Home?

Yes, it's cheaper to charge your EV at home, unless you have an employer that lets you charge your car for free!  Find out more about charging at home and workplace charging.

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