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What is the cost of charging an electric vehicle?

How much does it cost to use an electric car, how long does it take to charge an EV, and where can you charge one?

EV Car charging

You might be considering converting to an electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the near future because of the impending prohibition on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars in 2030. But how much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle in the UK, and how much money could you save by switching now?

The cost of charging an electric car varies depending on the charging speed, the time of day you charge it, the charging network you use, and the sort of membership you have with each charging provider. 

The length of time it takes to charge  electric cars is also determined by the size of the battery.

In general, it costs roughly 14p per kWh, so charging a 4 kWh Nissan LEAF would cost £6 and take 13 hours. Importantly, because of off-peak prices, charging the same car at night saves money, thus the same charge might cost approximately £4.

With more people switching to electric vehicles, many energy suppliers are now offering custom-tailored prices that account for the additional energy use from charging your car. As a result, it's worthwhile to browse around or inquire about specials from your energy provider. 

Home Charging Stations

A wall box charger, which can charge most EVs in roughly six hours and has speeds of around 7kW, is a significantly speedier choice. The government is presently providing a grant of up to 75% (up to £350) towards the cost of a wallbox charger. 

Public Chargers

The cost of charging your automobile in public varies according on the network, however we'll use BP Pulse (previously Polar) as an example of one of the largest providers.

If you sign up for the BP Pulse subscription programme, you'll pay £7.85 per month (with the first three months free) for access to their charging stations, as well as a savings on the cost per kWh. The higher the cost per kWh, the faster the charging speed:

Fast charging points: 28 pence per kilowatt-hour

Rapid charging points: 32 pence per kilowatt-hour

Points of ultra-rapid 150 kW: 38p/kWh

public car charging

Motorway charging points

Throughout the UK's motorway system, the Grid serve Electric Highway network offers charge ports at various service stations. There is no membership fee, and charging your electric car costs 30p per kWh.

Contactless payment cards are accepted at the most recent Grid serve charging stations, but you'll need to download a smartphone app for older systems.

You could fully charge a Nissan LEAF in about 50 minutes for £12 using a 50kWh rapid charger - enough time to get a bite to eat at a wayside café while you wait.

Check the full guide on Car Buyer UK

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