How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car

Charging an electric car is not free. Despite this, it can still be cheaper than using petrol or diesel. But how is the cost of electricity for a car charger measured? And is it the same everywhere you go?

In this blog, we will answer the question “How much does it cost to charge an electric car?”

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Do electric cars have fewer expenses than a normal car?

Do electric cars have fewer expenses than a normal car?

Electric cars generally have fewer expenses compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars  in the long run. Here are 3 distinct cost differences.

  1. Fuelling costs: Electricity is typically cheaper than petrol per unit of energy. This translates to significant savings on charging your electric car compared to filling up a gas tank.
  2. Maintenance costs: Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than petrol cars. This means less wear and tear on the engine and drivetrain, leading to potentially lower maintenance costs. You won’t need oil changes, spark plug replacements, or other maintenance specific to petrol engines.
  3. Tax breaks and incentives: Many governments offer tax breaks or incentives for purchasing electric vehicles. These can further reduce the overall cost of ownership.

The upfront costs of electric cars

Although electric costs have fewer expenses, there are some upfront costs that you must be aware of. They are worth considering if you are going to make the switch to an electric vehicle.

  • Purchase price: Electric cars typically have a higher initial purchase price compared to similar gasoline-powered models.
  • Battery replacement: While electric car batteries are designed to last for many years, eventually they may need to be replaced, which can be a significant cost.
  • Public charging: If you rely heavily on public charging stations, the cost can vary depending on the network and charging speed. Home charging is generally the most affordable option.
  • Depreciation: The rate of depreciation for electric cars is uncertain, as the technology is still relatively new.

Overall, while electric cars might have a higher upfront cost, the savings on fuel and potentially lower maintenance expenses can lead to significant cost advantages over the lifespan of the vehicle, especially when considering government incentives.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

The cost of charging an electric car in the UK depends on where you plug in and how you pay for electricity.

Charging at home is usually the most affordable option, costing around £6 for a full charge on a typical electric car battery (assuming a 60 kWh battery and your home electricity rate).

Public charging stations can vary significantly in price. Typically, the faster the charger, the more expensive it will be. Rapid chargers might cost £7 to £10 to charge your car to 80%, while slower options or chargers at supermarkets could be cheaper.

Some electric vehicle charging networks even offer membership plans that can reduce charging costs. Overall, keeping your electric car topped up in the UK is typically cheaper than filling a traditional petrol or diesel car with fuel.

Will the cost of charging an electric car stay the same?

As the technology progresses, it is unlikely that the cost of charging an electric car would stay the same. This could be for a variety of reasons, including the speed at which the car charges, the location of the charger, or extra amenities that could be available for you whilst the car charges.

Why is fuel more expensive than using electricity?

Petrol and diesel are a finite resource, formed by crude oil, which comes from fossil fuels. However, its finite nature isn’t the reason it is more expensive. The cost of petrol fuels will change depending on the following factors:

  • Production and processing costs: Extracting, refining, and transporting oil can be expensive. These costs are reflected in the price of petrol.
  • Taxes and regulations: Governments often place higher taxes on petrol compared to electricity. This can be due to environmental concerns or to generate revenue for infrastructure projects.
  • Supply and demand: The global oil market is complex and influenced by various factors, including geopolitical issues and production levels set by oil-producing countries. These factors can cause fluctuations in petrol prices.
  • Electricity generation mix: The cost of electricity generation varies depending on the energy sources used. In some regions, electricity might be generated heavily by fossil fuels like natural gas, which can make it more expensive.
  • Renewables and future considerations: The growing use of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power can bring down electricity costs in some areas. However, infrastructure for large-scale electricity storage and transmission is still developing.

Do electric car chargers recognise number plates?

Do electric car chargers recognise number plates?

It is unlikely that electric car chargers have ANPR technology that would allow it to supply charge to the car in its vicinity. Though, this could be a technology that is implemented in the future for reserving electric car chargers.

Electric vehicles can have a unique number plate which has a green stripe on its side. Additionally, they can use regular private plates. But where can you get an electric number plate? And can they be customised?

Bespoke Plates makes the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. This is regardless of whether you’re after a standard replacement number plate, or a gel plate. Here is the process.

By following these steps, you will also have the option to see the plate before making a decision.

Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Custom electric number plates made to order

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options, and the information you need in order to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle, as well as supplementary information when it comes to electric vehicles. We aim to have answered the question ‘how much does it cost to charge an electric car?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

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