Cost of charging an electric car

Complete guide to the cost of charging an electric car in the UK.

Summary:

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

  • Charging at home: Costs about £3.64 for a full charge.
  • Charging at work: Some employers will install workplace charging points and typically offer free access throughout the day
  • Charging at public stations: Public charging points at supermarkets or car parks are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Rapid charging stations: Rapid charging points are found at motorway service stations and typically cost £6.50 for a 30 min charge.

Cost to charge an electric car at home

Most drivers will charge their electric car overnight, waking up to a full battery every morning. Charging at home is the convenient and cost-effective way to keep your car fully charged. Charging an electric car at home costs about £3.64 for a full charge.

  • Average overnight electricity rate is 13p per kWh.
  • Fully charging a 30kW Nissan LEAF will cost about £3.64 and give you about 115 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 of about £400 with the government OLEV grant.

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.

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 charging stations

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.

Tip: Use a mapping service like <ahref:"https://pod-point.com/open-charge">Open Charge 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 a rapid charging station

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

  • Ecotricity’s network of rapid charging points costs £6.50 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 a long distance journey.