New data from the RAC has shown that the cost to charge an electric car using a public rapid charger has risen by 42% since May 2022
This increase – equivalent to 18.75p per kWh – has been caused by the rising costs of wholesale gas and electricity across Europe.
It means that drivers who use pay-as-you-go public chargers are now paying an average of 63.29p/kWh (though this will vary across the country). If you drive a typical family-sized electric vehicle with a 64kWh battery, you’ll be paying around £32.41 to charge the car to 80%.
It works out to an increase of around £10 per charge since May, and an increase of £13.58 when you compare prices to this time last year.
The price of the fastest ultra-rapid chargers has also risen by 25% (12.97p), which puts the average cost per kilowatt hour of using these speedy chargers at 62.94 pence. In real-world terms, this means that someone who was paying £26.10 for an 80% charge in May will now pay £32.74.
In comparison to petrol and diesel prices, the cost per mile to charge an electric car using a public rapid charger is still marginally cheaper, working out at 18p per mile. If you drive a petrol car, you’ll currently be paying around 19p per mile, and diesel is working out to around 21p per mile.