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Public electric car charging costs rising rapidly

At home charging still significantly cheaper than petrol.

According to the RAC, the cost of using public charge points on a pay-as-you-go basis to charge an electric car has risen sharply, going up 42% over the last four months.

The rise in the cost of electric car charging puts the price per mile close to levels paid by petrol and diesel users. The RAC reports that the latest figures show a driver exclusively using rapid or ultra-rapid public chargers pays around 18p per mile for electricity, compared with roughly 19p per mile for petrol and 21p per mile for diesel.

At home electric car charging still costs far less than refueling a petrol or diesel car, at an average of just 9p per mile.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “For those that have already made the switch to an electric car or are thinking of doing so, it remains the case that charging away from home costs less than refuelling a petrol or diesel car, but these figures show that the gap is narrowing as a result of the enormous increases in the cost of electricity,

“These figures very clearly show that it’s drivers who use public rapid and ultra-rapid chargers the most who are being hit the hardest.”

Public electric car charging costs rising rapidly

Quentin Willson, founder of the FairCharge campaign, said the government needed to “act” on charging costs by capping rises of public charging costs and lowering VAT.

“If they don’t, all those years of promises of a zero-emission future, clean air and energy independence will have come to nothing,” he added.

A recent AA survey of 12,500 drivers showed that rising home energy prices are putting many people off from switching to an electric car.

Almost two thirds of respondents stated that the increase in domestic electric bills was a factor in them sticking with petrol or diesel models, while 10% said it was the “main reason”.

AA head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: “With domestic energy prices rising, drivers can be forgiven for believing switching to an EV will become expensive quickly.

“However, the reality is that even with the hike in domestic electricity costs, running an EV is considerably cheaper than a petrol or diesel car.”

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