What does it cost to charge an electric car?

Just like traditional fuel engine cars, the cost of running an electric vehicle depends on the make and model of the car. While some electric cars are known to be a lot more expensive in comparison to their fuel engine counterparts, they can actually be more cost-effective in the long run. It is cheaper to charge a vehicle than it is to fill it with petrol or diesel. So, what does it cost to charge an electric car? Continue reading to find out the cost of the modern electric vehicle.

What does charging an electric car cost?

Charging your car will vary depending on the make and model of the car, and whereabouts it is being charged. Cars are often left on charge overnight at home, so they have a full battery in the morning.

Typically, an electric car’s full charge will give about 200 miles of range. Tesla cars are able to reach around 300 to 400 miles. Hybrid cars – across a variety of companies – can provide between 20 and 50 miles of range on battery power alone.

There are different locations for car charging. Commonly, people fill up at home, but some workplaces have introduced charging points at the office. Public charging stations have also been set up all over the country.

Charging at home

Charging at home gives a good indication of how much it costs to charge an electric car. As previously mentioned, a lot of electric vehicle owners leave their cars plugged in overnight on the driveway, giving them a full battery in the morning.

The average domestic rate for electricity usage is around 17p per kWh, and fully charging a 60kWh electric car would cost from between £9 and £10. Of course, this depends on how much battery was left at the time it was plugged in, but is a good estimate of how much it would cost to charge in full at home.

For electric vehicle owners, there are special tariffs set up by companies that could reduce the cost of charging to around 4.5p per kWh. A full charge at this price would cost around £5. Considering filling up a fuel engine car could cost between £50 and £90 (and more in some cases!), this is an enormous saving. Even if the electric car cannot reach the same mileage range as its fossil fuel counterparts.

Charging at work

With the growth of electric cars hitting the market in recent years, some workplaces have started to introduce charging points for colleagues to use.

Typically, most companies will offer free charging for their employees. However, if there are a limited number of charging points available, it may not be wise to rely on charging at work all of the time.

If this is the case, a workplace may opt for a time-based tariff for users to charge their vehicle while working. They may also offer free charging at certain times of the day too, which would encourage sharing of the charging stations.

Charging points at public locations

At service stations up and down the country, and in shopping car parks, there has been a massive increase in the number of charging stations for electric vehicles. While stopping for a break on the motorway, or during your shopping, you can plug in at a charging point.

Like petrol and diesel cars, there are a wide variety of charging station companies. Tesla is the most well-known electric vehicle charger and offers powerful charging for Tesla vehicles. The Tesla Supercharger Network is much better than any rival options and offers free charging to their customers.

Other companies can charge an average of around £5-£6 for 30 minutes of charging, providing a range of about 100 miles. This is where electric vehicles fall short in comparison to traditional cars, but the cost is still a significant saving.

Other sites that can be found around the UK have an assortment of tariffs that can be chosen by the customer depending on how much power they need.

Electric vehicle chargers at Toasti

If you have an electric car, then you’ll need an EV charger installed to ensure you can power your car on a daily basis. It should be installed where you park the car so it can charge while out of use. At Toasti, we can help supply that power at your home with the help of our expert technicians.
If you’d like to know more about the types of services we offer, contact us on 0161 527 7326, or email us at info@toasti.co.uk.