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Cost of charging electric car surges by 42% to 18p per mile

Cost of charging an electric car surges by 42% in just four months to 18p per mile – compared with 19p for petrol

  • Price hike of public rapid chargepoints means gap with fuel cars is narrowing
  • It is now nearly £10 more expensive to ‘rapid’ charge a typical family vehicle 
  • The rise in home electric bills means many sticking with petrol/diesel models 
  • Most electric car owners predominately charge them at home as it is cheaper  

Electric car owners have suffered a 42 per cent hike in the cost of using public rapid chargepoints in just four months – making it nearly on a par with using petrol. 

The RAC said the average price for using the chargers on a pay as you go basis has increased by 18.75p per kilowatt hour (kWh) since May, reaching 63.29p per kWh.

This rise – caused by the soaring wholesale costs of gas and electricity – has made it nearly £10 more expensive to rapid charge a typical family-sized electric car to 80 per cent.

The figures show a driver exclusively using rapid or ultra-rapid public chargers pays around 18p per mile for electricity, compared with roughly 19p per mile for petrol and 21p per mile for diesel.

This is up from an average of 13p per litre in May, based on someone driving at an average of 40 miles to the gallon.  

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘It remains the case that charging away from home costs less than refuelling a petrol or diesel car, but these figures show that the gap is narrowing as a result of the enormous increases in the cost of electricity.

Electric car owners have suffered a 42 per cent hike in the cost of using public rapid chargepoints in just four months (stock image)

‘These figures very clearly show that it’s drivers who use public rapid and ultra-rapid chargers the most who are being hit the hardest.’

Most electric car owners predominantly charge at home, which is cheaper.

But an AA survey of 12,500 drivers indicated that rising domestic energy prices are putting many people off from switching to an electric car.

Some 63 per cent of respondents said the increase in home electric bills is contributing to them sticking with petrol or diesel models, while 10 per cent stated it was the ‘main reason’.

AA head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: ‘With domestic energy prices rising, drivers can be forgiven for believing switching to an EV will become expensive quickly.

The increase in home electric bills means many are  sticking with petrol or diesel models (stock image)

‘However, the reality is that even with the hike in domestic electricity costs, running an EV is considerably cheaper than a petrol or diesel car.’

With sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK due to be banned from 2030, Mr Cousens said the Government will need to ‘keep a watchful eye on how energy prices will impact the transition to electrification’.

Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the rapid increase in sales of new pure electric cars has slowed in recent months.

The number of registrations during the first three months of the year was 102 per cent more than during the same period in 2021.

At the end of August, the year-to-date increase had fallen to 49 per cent. 

The average cost to ‘rapid’ charge a 64kWh electric car to 80 per cent at a public charger increased from £18.81 in September 2021 to £32.41 in September 2022 

The figures show a driver exclusively using rapid or ultra-rapid public chargers pays around 18p per mile for electricity, compared with roughly 19p per mile for petrol and 21p per mile for diesel

Most electric car owners predominantly charge at home, which is cheaper than the public chargepoints

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