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How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?

  • by JW

Plus: find a better domestic electricity tariff for EVs.


There are plenty of questions around the sustainability of EVs – including whether, in terms of the complete life-cycle of a vehicle’s carbon emissions, an EV or an ‘old banger’ is more problematic. And now there is now a lot of political debate around EVs.

Nevertheless, the trend is for more EVs – with the practical questions appearing more.

Such as: Is it cheaper to run an electric car UK? As presented by the car-sales platform:

Electric cars have been touted as cheaper to run for a long time. However, since mid-2022 this statistic has been up for debate, due to the increase in energy costs as well as taxation on public charging. Furthermore, there used to be several generous public schemes incentivising adoption of electric vehicles.

Another question would be: How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle? And there are lots of online guides now available, looking at the cost to charge at home, at work and using public charging.

Here’s an interactive cost of charging calculator tool from comparison website:

With a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars coming into force in 2030, electric vehicles are becoming more common. But how much does it cost you to charge an electric vehicle?

Try our calculator to see how much it’ll cost to charge your electric vehicle. Choose your vehicle make, model and trim from the dropdowns below and then choose your charger power output and cost of your electricity per kWh for a charge cost.

CoCompare also suggest ways to keep down your domestic electricity bill:

According to the Energy Savings Trust electric car owners could save £300 a year by moving to a cheap fixed-rate energy tariff of £0.14/kWh.

Lots of energy companies are keen to attract EV owners. Some have introduced tariffs specifically geared towards helping EV drivers save on electricity and the cost of charging their cars at home overnight with lower unit prices from midnight and for four or five hours on average. Others offer incentives for switching, such as discounts on the cost of home chargers, or cash rewards credited to your account.

This handy energy tariff tool from the government’s Go Ultra Low website could help you find a tariff for EVs.