Cost of Charging an Electric Car

A complete guide on how much it costs to charge an electric car in the UK at home, work and on the go.

Summary

The cost to charge an electric car in the UK varies between home, work and public charging.

For a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery and ~200 mile range:

  • Charging at home: Costs about £7.80 for a full charge.
  • Charging at work: Many employers will install workplace charging points and typically offer free access throughout the day.
  • Charging at public locations: Public chargepoints at supermarkets or car parks are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Rapid charging: Rapid charging points are normally found at motorway service stations and typically cost £6.50 for a 30 min, ~100 mile charge.

Tip: Electric cars very rarely need a “full” charge, as they never arrive completely empty and usually just need a top up.

Cost to charge an electric car at home

Charging an electric car at home costs about £7.80 for a full charge and is the most convenient and cost-effective way to keep your car fully charged. Most drivers will charge their electric car overnight, waking up to a full battery every morning.

  • Average domestic electricity rate is about 14p per kWh.
  • Fully charging a 60kWh electric car will cost about £7.80 and give you about 200 miles of range.

Find out more about the home charging options available and how fast they charge your car.

Tip: Charging at home is best done through a dedicated home chargepoint, which comes with a one-off cost from £279 with the government OLEV grant.

Cost to charge 3 example electric cars:

Battery size Approximate “real-world” electric range Cost to fully charge Cost per mile
Nissan LEAF (2018) 40 kWh 150 £5.17 3.4p
Tesla Model S 100D 100 kWh 320 £12.93 4.0p
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2019) 13.8 kWh 23 £1.78 7.8p (electric mode)

Don't see the model you were looking for in this table? Browse other EVs here.

Tip: Time of use tariffs like “Economy 7” allow you to get much cheaper electricity in a 7 hour period overnight, typically as little as 8p per kWh. This would make it cost as little as 2p per mile to drive the Nissan LEAF.

Cost to charge an electric car at work

The cost of charging an electric car at work can vary between organisations with some choosing to provide free charging while others set a paid tariff.

  • Some employers offer free charging as a staff incentive.
  • Others opt for a time-based tariff to encourage sharing of charging stations.
  • Another model is to offer free employee charging for a set period of time and a fee after this time to encourage employees to vacate charging spaces.

Find out more about Workplace Charging.

Tip: More and more businesses around the UK are installing electric car charging facilities. Employee demand is one of the key drivers along with the sustainability benefits and reduced fleet costs.

Cost to charge an electric car at public chargepoints

Charging your electric car while out and about is a great way to top up your battery and many locations offer free charging to their customers or visitors.

  • On most modern networks you can use a a free-to-download mobile app to find chargepoints and start your charge.
  • Some older public chargepoints require an RFID card (similar to a contactless debit card) to start charging which can be ordered online.
  • For app-enabled chargepoints, if the host has set a tariff, you will be able to pay for your charge in app.

Find out more about Commercial Charging.

Tip: Use a mapping service like the Pod Point App or Zap Map to find places to charge and remember to check which authentication method the chargepoint network uses before you travel.

Cost to charge an electric car at rapid chargers

Rapid chargers are typically found in motorway service stations and range from being free to one of the more expensive ways to charge.

  • Pod Point’s rapid chargers at Lidl are free to use, while Pod Point’s Tesco units cost about £6.25 for 30 minutes of charging (about 100 miles of range).
  • The Tesla Supercharger Network has points across the UK which are often free to use for owners of Tesla electric vehicles.
  • Other sites can be found around the UK and typically have an associated tariff.

Tip: Rapid charging is unlikely to be a part of your day-to-day charging routine, as your other charging will fulfil most of your needs, usually at lower cost. But access to well placed rapid chargers is critical for longer journeys.

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