To help keep costs down, some energy providers offer an EV-focused tariff which offers cheaper electricity costs overnight when your car is charging. For example, we have our Next Drive tariff which offers lower priced electricity between 12am and 7am. Plus you benefit from 100% renewable electricity each time you charge.
If you want to charge your car home then you can just plug it into the mains, however this means it could take a day or two to charge your electric car. A better option is to get an EV charger installed. This means you can charge your car faster and use the app to get the benefits of the cheaper overnight charging.
Cost of using an EV public charging network.
You can find public EV chargers at a number of locations, including motorway services, petrol stations, car parks and shopping centres. Public EV chargers are generally more expensive than charging your electric car at home, but can be a useful way to top up your charge if you’re away from home.
Some locations such as supermarkets offer free EV charging, so it’s a good idea to have a look around.
If you have or had a petrol or diesel car then you’ll know about the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or “road tax”. As electric cars don’t emit any CO2, their charge for road tax is £0. This is a great way to save costs as the standard rate of road tax is £155 per year.
This increases as your car gets more expensive. For example a car with a list price of over £40,000 has a £355 surcharge applied to it. So a £45,000 petrol car would cost you £490 a year in road tax.