EV Charging Costs Rise by 21% Says RAC

The average price of charging an electric car on a pay-as-you go, non-subscription basis at a publicly accessible rapid charger in Great Britain has increased by 21% to 44.55p per kilowatt hour (kWh) since September, figures analysed by the RAC’s new Charge Watch initiative in association with the national FairCharge campaign show.

Not only are EV drivers paying more, every gas, oil and electric heating bill also includes a 25% green tax, which goes in part to pay for the subsidised roll-out of charging points. So many of us are paying for wealthier drivers to travel by battery car, allowing them cheaper travel per mile, because the charging point market is funded in part by government and council subsidies.

The 7.81p per kWh increase, from 36.74p at the end of last summer, means that the average cost to complete an 80% rapid charge of a typical family-sized electric car with a 64kWh battery has increased by £4 over this period, says the RAC, from £18.81 to £22.81 now (cars revert to slower charging speeds beyond 80% to preserve battery health).


In contrast, the cost of filling a 55-litre family car from empty to 80% has increased by a huge £14.54 since last September, from £59.67 to £74.21, although some diesel cars will travel over 600 miles on a full tank and very EVs can manage that in normal British road conditions. So if an EV charging cost of £22 only takes you 150 miles for example, it’s actually no better than filling a diesel car in terms of cost per mile travelled.

The RAC’s analysis shows that it now costs on average 10p per mile to charge at a rapid charger, up from 8p per mile last September. As more drivers go EV, the government is likely to replace fuel and VED duty with city and road tolls, plus remove subsidies on charging points, so EV drivers will end up paying lots more cash to travel.


RAC electric vehicle spokesperson Simon Williams said:

“The reason home charging can be so much cheaper (than public charging) is because of the bizarre way that electricity is taxed. Right now, VAT on electricity from a public charger is levied at a rate four-times that which applies to domestic electricity which makes it far more expensive to charge on-the-go than it should be. We are right behind the FairCharge campaign in thinking this is totally unfair and flies in the face of the Government’s ambition for many more drivers to opt for an electric vehicle.

Quentin Willson, founder of the FairCharge campaign, said:

“Keeping a watch on charging prices is essential to make sure the electricity for charging up EVs never gets close to the cost of filling up with diesel. EV drivers need free to access data on charging prices across the country. And charging operators need to know that everybody is watching.”


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