How Much to Charge a Electric Car UK

For those considering making the change to an electric car, understanding the cost you will pay for recharging your car can be a significant piece of information. With the rise of electricity bills, is it worth adding the charging of an electric vehicle onto your bill?

In this blog, we will provide guidance on how much it is to charge an electric car in the UK.

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Are electric cars solar-powered?

Are electric cars solar-powered?

No. Although some electric cars may have elements that are solar-charging, a car that is totally reliant on solar charging is not available at the moment. Electric cars are powered from electricity provided by charging stations.

There are a few reasons electric cars are not totally reliant on solar panels, which can include…

  • Some areas may not receive enough direct sunlight to enable a complete charge on its own.
  • Solar panels may be impractical to apply to the body of a vehicle, and could be extremely expensive to repair or replace.
  • Solar panels may not charge a car fast enough for modern needs.

Will cars ever be totally solar-powered?

Possibly. After all, once upon a time, people never believed an all electric car could be feasible. The aforementioned issues do contribute to the difficulty of having an all electric car, however, as technology advances, it is entirely possible there can be a vehicle that is totally reliant on solar power.

However, this can present an issue for companies that make a profit on fuel, both fossil fuels and electric charging stations. As you can not charge someone based on the amount of sunlight they receive.

If you were to ask a more cynical person, they may say that a totally solar-powered vehicle won’t be made publicly available until companies figure out a way to make a profit from charging the vehicle.

How much to charge a Electric Car UK

How much to charge a Electric Car UK

The cost of charging an electric vehicle is not the same everywhere, it can actually vary depending on where you go to charge it. Let us explain the common options available.

  • Home charging: This is generally a cost-effective option. The average domestic energy rate in the UK is around 32 pence per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Using an electric car with a 60 kWh battery with a 200-mile range would cost roughly around £17 for a full charge at home.
  • Workplace charging: Some employers provide free charging for employees, which can be a great way to save money whilst you’re busy at work. This policy is subject to the workplace and what they allow.
  • Public charging: Public charging stations will vary on their prices depending on the location. Factors that can affect public charging stations can include the speed of the charger and the energy tariff being offered.

Public chargers offer the option of slow chargers and rapid chargers, with the latter being the more costly option, which can vary in price by a few pence compared to the slow charger. Again, this is subject to the location and tariff being offered.

How can I stop other people from taking my car charger?

Unfortunately, depending on where you are, there may be instances of individuals removing your car charger to charge their own vehicle, or simply to be a nuisance, here is how you can prevent that from happening.

Physical Security:

  • Lockable charger: If possible, consider a home charger with a built-in locking mechanism. This way, only you can initiate charging.
  • Padlock the cable: For some chargers, you can use a padlock to secure the cable to the charging unit or to your car itself (if it has a designated loop).

Strategic Charging:

  • Charge scheduling: Many chargers allow you to schedule charging times. Set it for hours when you’re sure to be home and won’t need immediate access to your car.


  • Signage: A polite sign indicating the charger is for your car only can be a deterrent.
  • Security cameras: Having a security camera in your driveway or garage can discourage unauthorised use.

Additional Options:

  • Smart chargers: Some smart chargers offer app connectivity, allowing you to remotely monitor and potentially restrict charging access.
  • Speak to your neighbours: If you live in a close-knit community, a friendly conversation about your charger and preferred usage might be helpful.

Local Regulations:

  • In some areas, there might be regulations regarding installing chargers in public spaces or restricting access on private property. It’s always a good idea to check with your local council if you have any doubts.

When it comes to public charging posts, it may be difficult to prevent someone from using a charger that was already on your vehicle, depending on the area itself. Some chargers may have locks on them that prevent removal until a certain time, whilst some may not.

It is a good idea to research an area’s EV chargers to know what your options are in case someone does try to remove it.

Can electric cars be customised?

Can electric cars be customised?

Yes, to a degree. Electric cars will have certain components that will not be able to be changed as it could damage the functionality of the vehicle. However, parts that do not affect the cars function can be changed, as long as you own the vehicle or have the permission from the owner.

Outside the body of the vehicle, a common area of an electric car that can be customised is the number plate.

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.

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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 shown you how much it is to charge an electric car in the UK.

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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