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The cost of charging an electric car at home

The cost of charging an electric car at home

If you’re considering buying an electric car, or you already own one, you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to add to your energy bill. So, how much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle at home? Is home-charging your only option? And how often will you need to charge it? Let’s take a look.

Peter Earl
From the Energy team
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posted 6 FEBRUARY 2020

What is an electric car?

An electric car is a vehicle that doesn’t rely on conventional fuel, like petrol or diesel, to power its engine. Instead, electric cars are fitted with special batteries that can be charged with electricity.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?

The most common way of charging an electric vehicle (EV) is at home and, luckily, it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think. On average, each full charge costs around £3.64, according to car charging specialists Pod Point. But this will vary slightly, depending on how much you’re paying for your electricity.

You can charge a car at home using a standard 3 pin plug with an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) cable or wall-mounted home charging point. If you want fast charging from home, you'll need more specialist wiring and equipment, with a dedicated charger that provides 3.6kW power output at 16 Amps single phase AC. You'll have to pay for your home charging point, but you can apply for a grant for up to 75% of the cost of installation from the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).

If you’re worried about how much charging at home is going to add to your energy bill then make sure you compare suppliers to find the right deal for you.

Can I charge my electric vehicle somewhere other than at home? If so, how much does it cost?

Yes, you can. There are now over 14,000 charging points in the UK, and this number’s growing every year.

You might charge your electric car at work, if your employer has installed a charging point. And public places, like supermarkets and car parks, are another option.

Most businesses that have a charging facility will let you use it for free during the day, when your car’s parked at work. Public places also allow you to charge for free, while you’re parked there.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Once you’ve connected your car to your home outlet or public charging station, using a standard EV plug, it should take 6-8 hours to charge fully.

What if I need to charge my electric car quickly?

Some motorway services have rapid charging stations, for when you get caught short. But it comes at a price. Most service stations will bill you approximately £6.50 for a 30 minute charge.

How often do you need to charge your electric car?

This depends on the type and brand of electric car you own, and how often you drive it. Having said that, most models claim to provide between 93 and 316 miles on a single charge.

What are the benefits of owning an electric car?

The main benefit is that an EV is eco-friendlier. But there could be monetary savings involved in owning an electric car too.

The total cost of charging an EV works out a lot cheaper in the long run, when compared with the cost of diesel and petrol. And, since EVs are less complicated under the bonnet, there’s less that can go wrong. So, you could save on hefty repair bills.

What about car insurance?

Getting car insurance for an electric vehicle is the same as getting insurance for a regular car. The key to getting a great deal is to compare quotes from different insurance providers and we can help with that.

So, whether you’re looking for a quote on your car insurance or seeking a better energy deal, compare now and see if you could save.

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