Electric car: Drivers warned of high charging costs and money-saving tips to combat the rise

According to RAC’s recently released Charge Watch tool, the average price to charge an electric vehicle to 80 percent at a public charger has increased since last year. Using a fast charger in September 2021 it would have cost £18.81 to charge 80 per cent, with the most recent price data from May 2022 showing it would cost £22.81.

An even bigger price increase can be seen with ultra-fast chargers.

In September 2021 the price to charge at one of these public chargers was just £17.51, but has since risen to £26.10.

Graham Conway, CEO of Select car rental, he said: “The good news for modern motorists is that an EV’s lithium-ion battery should last at least 100,000 miles. In fact, most manufacturers stipulate that distance in their warranties, or around eight years.

“However, it pays to keep battery longevity at the forefront of your mind when enjoying an EV, and there are some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to keeping it in tip-top condition and getting the most out of it. battery life. range.”

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regenerative braking

One of the smartest features in an EV, regenerative braking is a unique way of capturing a vehicle’s kinetic energy and channeling it back to the battery.

Most electric vehicles have a number of different regenerative braking settings, from one where the system is really noticeable and where the driver feels the sensation of braking the moment they take their foot off the accelerator pedal, to a settings that are barely noticeable.

Doing this will not only reduce fuel consumption and save money in the short term, it can also help reduce the number of battery charge cycles in the long term.

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