Cost of charging an electric car.

A complete guide to the cost of charging an electric car at home, work and in public locations.


The cost of charging an electric car in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but many public charging points are free to use.

  • Charging at home costs as little as 2p per mile, or only 40p for a typical 20 mile commute.
  • Destination charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Some employers offer free access to workplace charging points while others opt for a time-based tariff to encourage chargepoint sharing throughout the day.
  • Rapid charging points are usually found at motorway service stations and vary from being free-to-use to having tariffs of up to £7.20 for a 30 minute charge.

How much it costs to charge an electric car at home.

Charging an electric car at home can cost as little as 2p per mile, depending on your choice of electricity supplier. It is often the most convenient and cost effective way to keep your car charged.

  • Most drivers charge overnight, waking up to a full battery every morning.
  • Typical overnight electricity rate is 10p per kWh (cheaper than daytime rates), which means charging any plug-in vehicle can cost as little as 2p per mile.
  • Based on an average 20 mile daily commute, this equates to only 40p per day.

Find out what homecharge options are available to you & how fast they charge your car.

Tip: Charging at home is usually done through a dedicated home charging point, which comes with a one-off cost for purchase and installation. You can reduce this cost by £500 if you take advantage of the government OLEV grant.

How much it costs 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 the chargepoints.
  • An appealing hybrid model is the timed free charge, which offers free charging for a set period of time but introduces a fee after this time to encourage employees to vacate charging spaces.

Tip: More and more organisations around the UK are either installing or looking at installing charging facilities. Employee demand is one of the key drivers along with the sustainability benefits and reduced fleet costs.

How much it costs to charge an electric car at public destinations.

Charging your electric car whilst out and about is a great way to top up your range 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 points 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.

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

How much it costs to rapid charge an electric car.

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

  • Ecotricity’s network of rapid charging points costs £6 for 30 minutes of charging.
  • The Tesla Motors Supercharger Network has points across the UK which are free to use for owners of Tesla electric vehicles.
  • Other sites can be found around the UK and vary between being free to use and having a tariff.

Tip: Rapid charging is unlikely to be a part of your day-to-day charging routine, as charging points in more urban locations can cost up to £7.20 for 30 minutes use. The motorway networks have great coverage though and are ideal for helping you get from A to B on a long distance journey.

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