Electric vs. petrol: How much does it cost to charge my car?

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With so much focus on electric cars and the need to switch from fossil-powered vehicles, one of the main questions that motorists need answering is, how much does it cost to charge an electric car? Below we break down how going electric could save you money.

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

When you are charging an EV at home, the cost will depend on a number of different things:

In general terms, it is cheaper to charge your EV at home rather than using a public chargepoint. Here are some examples of what you could pay to charge your electric car.

Car Model Battery Size Range (miles) Full Charge Cost Cost Per Mile
Volkswagen ID.3 45kW 205 £4.67 3.25p
Mini Electric 32.5kW 145 £4.11 3.33p
Peugeot e-2008 50kW 206 £6.30 £3.60
MG ZS EV 44.5kW 163 £5.61 £4.05
Tesla Model 3 50 – 75 kW 348 – 524 £6.30 – £9.98 2.92p – 3.57p

How long does it take to charge an electric car from empty to full?

Many drivers want to know how long it takes an electric car to charge from empty to full. As with the charging costs, it depends on the size of the battery and speed of the chargepoint. The bigger the battery and the slower the charging point, the longer it will take.

A typical electric car (60kWh battery) should take around 8 hours to charge from 0-100% using a 7kW charging point. However, in most cases, drivers top up an existing charge rather than wait for the battery to fully reach 100%.

If you are using a 50kW rapid charger, you can add as many as 100 miles of driving in range in around 30-35 minutes.

How much does it cost to install a chargepoint in my home?

You may be able to reduce the cost of installing a chargepoint in your home using the OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). When you apply you may be able to claim as much as £350 off the installation charge, as long as the EV chargepoint is classified as ‘smart’. And if you have two chargepoints you can make an application for each one.

Thinking of switching to an electric car?

AAC are expert designers and installers of electric car chargers for home and business owners. To find out more about our range of electric car charger services and to organise a free survey and quote, email carchargers@aac.uk.net or call 01707 32 55 66.

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