Electric vehicle charging on UK streets costs more than at home

Electric vehicle charging on UK streets costs more than at home

LONDON Charging electric vehicles EV using public chargers can cost up to 1,515 pounds $1,854 on Britain's streets. According to the analysis of fees by pro-EV campaign group FairCharge, 51 more dollars are spent annually than for those using a charger at home.

The average cost to charge an EV on a public network is now up to 1,838 pounds annually, compared to those who can charge as little as 323 pounds annually at home using lower overnight tariffs, according to the analysis.

FairCharge wants to bring down costs for consumers and encourage investment in charging infrastructure, and is campaigning for a change in how public charging is taxed in Britain.

Home chargers range in price from $600 to over $1,000, and are often subsidised by carmakers.

European and US cities planning to phase out combustion engines over the next decade or so need to plug a charging gap for tens of millions of residents who park their cars on the street.

The figures show that around 40 per cent of Britain's 33 million cars park on the street, compared to around 40 per cent of Americans don't live in single-family homes with garages.

Carmakers argue that in return for the hundreds of billions of dollars that the auto industry is spending on electrification, the European Union and countries like Britain should focus on charging infrastructure to encourage more people to buy EVs and give them the confidence that they can find somewhere affordable to recharge.

In Britain a consumption tax of 20 per cent is levied on public charging while consumers at home pay a tax of just 5 per cent.

The pavement tax, dubbed the pavement tax, will boost public support for the transition to zero emission cars, according to EV proponents.