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How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

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How much does it costs to charge an electric vehicle? Electric vehicle charging costs can vary on the location you’re charging from be it home, the workplace, or a public charging point.

For the average battery size of 40kw:

  • Cost to charge electric vehicle at home – around £11.83 for a full charge*
  • Cost to charge electric vehicle at the workplace – most employers provide free charging as a perk.
  • Cost to charge electric vehicle at public charge points – some supermarkets offer free electric vehicle charging for the duration of your stay.
  • Cost to charge electric vehicle at rapid charging station– typically costs £14 for 30 minutes charge***.

*Based on British gas being £0.29584 at the time of writing.

***Taken from Project EV Pro App for iPhone at the time of writing.

Cost to charge an electric car

Are you contemplating an electric car? A burning question you have may be how much does it cost to charge an electric car? Our latest article explains electric car charging costs at home, in the workplace, and at public charging points in the UK.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

Lets break down the cost of charging an electric car at home, workplace, or public charge points.

The average battery capacity of an electric car is 40kwh, this battery is found in the Nissan Leaf. Nissan claim the leaf can do around 168 miles on a full charge.

To work out a full charge on your vehicle is simply:

The size of the EV’s battery pack x the electricity cost from your supplier (in pence per kwh)= the cost to charge your EV from empty to full.

In this case, it would be 40 x 0.29584* = £11.83 cost to charge a Nissan Leaf.

What about the cost to charge a Tesla Model 3?

As they do a version with a 40kwh battery the costs would be the same.

*Based on British gas being £0.29584 at the time of writing.

Cost to charge an electric car at home

The average cost of charging your electric car from empty based on a 40kwh battery would be roughly £12. When compared to an alternative petrol engine vehicle e.g. the Nissan Micra with a 41 litre tank 41 x 1.7284** = £70.86. As you can see the savings are huge. However, you do need to take into account that at home charging will need to be done overnight as it can take up to 5 hours or more. But if you’re able to switch to a cheaper electric vehicle specific charging rate from your energy provider then the potential savings could be bigger. Bear in mind there won’t be many instances where you will need to charge your electric car from empty at home.

See our range of home chargers from 7kw up to 22kw.

**Petrol price is taken from fleet news at the time of writing.

Cost to charge an electric car at work

The cost of charging your electric car at work can vary by organisation. More workplaces are offering free charging as a staff perk or incentive to encourage employees to switch to electric vehicles. You should speak to your workplace to see what benefits you could get.

Cost to charge at public charge points

While you’re out and about you will more than likely need to use public charge points at some point. Charges for these can vary widely from place to place and by region. Lots of supermarkets are offering free charging as an incentive for you to shop with them. Charge points that require payment can be interacted with via an app. Within these apps you will find all tariff details.

You can also download a few helpful apps to help you locate these charge points and see tariff pricing before you get there. Project EV for iPhone, Project EV Pro for iPhone, Zap-Map for iPhone, Project EV for Android, Project EV Pro for Android, Zap-Map for Android.

Rapid car charger cost

If you’re in a hurry to charge your electric car rapid chargers charge an electric vehicle to around 90 miles in 30 minutes. As expected these are an expensive way of charging your EV. There is a rapid charger here at R-EV Power for public use. Charging a 40kwh battery on a rapid charger would be 40 x 0.35*** = £14 with a connection fee of £0.95. Making them more expensive to use, but perfect if you’re in a hurry.

***Taken from Project EV Pro App for iPhone at the time of writing.

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