Electric car drivers warned of high charging costs – Money-saving tips to combat prices

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Electric car drivers warned of high charging costs – Money-saving tips to combat prices

According to the RAC’s newly launched Charge Watch tool, the average price to charge an electric vehicle to 80 percent at a public charger has incr

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

An even larger price increase can be seen with ultra-rapid 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, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, said: “The good news for modern motorists is that an EV’s lithium-ion battery should be good for at least 100,000 miles. In fact, most manufacturers stipulate that distance in their warranties – or around eight years.  

“But it still pays to keep battery longevity at the forefront of your mind when enjoying an EV, and there are some simple dos and don’ts when it comes to keeping it in tip-top condition – and making the most out of your battery’s 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 channelling it back into the battery. 

Most EVs have a number of different regenerative braking settings, from one where the system is really noticeable and when the driver will feel the sensation of braking the minute they lift their foot from the accelerator pedal, to setting it up so that it’s barely noticeable. 

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



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