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How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?

New EVs registered in the UK 2020-2021:

SMMT data

2021

190,727

2020

108,205

As well as the positive difference you can make to the environment by going electric, a big part of the attraction is the savings you can make on fuel. If you’re wondering how much it is to charge an electric car, read on for more information and some handy tips to maximise your EV’s potential.

How much does charging an electric car cost?

Over 90% of EV charging is done at home, as this is usually the most cost-effective way to do so. The average cost to charge electric car batteries from empty to full at home depends on your electricity tariff and the vehicle you own.

Whether you want to know the cost to charge a Tesla, a Hyundai or something else, all you need to do to work out how much a full charge is, is multiply the cost of electricity by the size of your car’s battery. This is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh).

There’s been a recent explosion in the number of EV-specific energy tariffs, designed by energy companies to get electric car drivers on board. The Zap Map EV tariff tool can help you differentiate between costs and benefits, with major suppliers such as British Gas and Scottish Power offering renewable energy tariffs with off-peak electricity prices of less than 5p per kW.

If you want to know how to charge a Jaguar I-PaceNissan Leaf, a Mercedes EQC or anything else in the cheapest way possible, the answer is usually to plug it in overnight and set a timer on your charger (or via your car or your car’s charging app) to ensure you take advantage of the off-peak rate. You don’t need to worry about overcharging, as the charge point will turn off when your car battery is full.

You may need to keep an eye on how much off-peak electricity your tariff allows each day however, with some providers offering longer periods of cheap energy than others. Businesses could also benefit from EV tariffs as more suppliers recognise the growing demand for electric cars as fleet vehicles.

Whether you’re looking for an EV charge point at home or at work, there is a cost attached to installation. For homeowners the bad news is that the old grant scheme has now closed which did offset the cost by up to £350. However there is still a scheme for owner/occupiers of flats or people renting any type of home where the Government will cover up to £350 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger.

The Workplace Charging Scheme, meanwhile, is an incentive which offers a grant of £500 to businesses towards each charge point up to a total of 20. If your company takes up the entire quota, this equals a government contribution of £10,000.

Cost of using public charging points

It’s not always possible to charge up at home. Sometimes you may need to add some juice to your battery on a long journey, or you may be one of a growing number of people who decide to get an EV without the ability to home charge. Either way, the UK has a rapidly growing network of public charge points which offer fast, convenient charging.

You can find lots more information on charging stations here, as well as some examples of how much it costs to charge up a selection of different vehicles.

The thing to remember with home charging versus public charge points is that there’s a trade-off between cost and speed. Charging your EV at home is usually cheaper and slower, while charging stations offer rapid chargers which cost more to use for their convenience.

Our most affordable electric car lease deals

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Volkswagen e-Up 60kW E-Up 32kWh 5dr Auto

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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£233 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£194 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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Smart ForFour 60kW EQ Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]

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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£251 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£209 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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Smart Fortwo-coupe 60KW EQ Premium 17kWH 2dr Auto [22kWCh]

  • £2,268 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
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£252 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£210 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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Vauxhall Corsa-e 100kW SE Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [11kWCh]

  • £2,398 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£266 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£222 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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MG ZS 130kW SE EV 51kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,419 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£269 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£224 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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DS DS-3 Crossback 100kW E-TENSE Bastille 50kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,430 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
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  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£270 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
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  • 36 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£225 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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