There has been a wave of fluctuations in energy prices in recent months, but despite falling fuel prices and rising energy prices (and more to come), the latest research shows that there is still it is cheaper to operate an electric car.
The planned increase in electricity to around 34 pence per kWh (a jump from the current average unit of 28 pence) on October 1 will increase the price of operating an EV, but, according to the RAC, it is still cheaper than driving a gasoline car. Comparing similar cars in comparable conditions, the organization found that an EV driver would pay 9 pence per mile, while a petrol driver would pay 19 pence.
Still, with electricity at an all-time high, EV drivers will be looking to shed as much charge and pounds as they can. With the help of Stuart Masson, editor of car-owner advice site The Car Expert, and Simon Williams, EV lead at RAC, here’s our list of money-saving tips to help keep costs as low as possible. ..
Recharge at home overnight at the low demand rate. Most chargers have smart charging software that turns on when electricity is cheapest around 2am, so if you’re charging a home just do it overnight.
Borrow someone else’s charger. Public chargers have a higher cost for electricity: Osprey recently raised its charging price to £1/kwh, and you’ll also pay 20% VAT instead of the 5% you pay at home. Try apps like Zap-Home, which show local drivers offering their units for a cheaper load.
If you have to go public, do it slowly. If you can’t charge at home, look for a slow charging point, usually operated by town halls from lampposts. These have overnight parking spaces and can be charged from empty to 80 percent in eight hours.
Don’t use fast chargers unless they are free. Use services like Zap-Map to find free electric vehicle charging facilities wherever you go. Some companies offer this as a benefit, and Tesco still offers cheap or free refills while you shop.
Do not fully charge your car and do not let the battery run out. The first and last parts of the battery take longer to charge, so set your electric vehicle to stop charging at 80% and avoid running the battery below 20% – best practice for battery health and longevity. Battery.
Don’t charge your car every night. Most people drive no more than 20 miles a day and the average EV range is around 200 miles, so charge when you know you need to.
Use regenerative braking to recharge your battery. Your car will naturally work to do this when you slow down, but remember to take your foot off the gas and stop whenever you can.
Save your errands. As with any car, making a trip with three stops uses less energy than three separate trips.
Check your tires. Under-inflated tires can use 6% more power, while low rolling resistance tires can help extend the range of an electric vehicle by up to 12%.
Don’t turn the heat or air conditioning on full blast or turn up the volume on the stereo. The less you ask of your battery and the more driving time you spend on regenerative charging, the less you need to plug it in.
Keep an eye on the upload of the vehicle to the network (V2G). A bit in the sky right now, but keep an eye out for new technology that allows cars with CHAdeMO charging systems to fill their car batteries with cheaper, greener power overnight, then sell it to the national grid. during the day for a profit. An Octopus Energy test project of Nissan Leaf owners found that customers using V2G technology could save up to £840 a year, compared to unscheduled charging with a flat rate.
For more information on the Evening Standard campaign for electric vehicles, see standard.co.uk/plugin