On average, it costs between 3p and 40p per mile to charge some of the most popular EV models in the UK, and it costs between 8p and 11.5p per mile on average to charge and run an electric car.
The cost per mile will vary depending on the type of electric car you drive, as well as the type of electric charger you use.
According to Which? as of November 2023, the cost per mile of an electric car, on average, are as follows:
Small city cars such as the VW E-Up or the Renault Zoe: 8p - 9p a mile
Medium to large cars such as the Nissan Leaf or the Tesla Model 3 - 8.3p - 10p per mile
Large SUVs like the Audi e-Tron: 8.8p -11.5p per mile
From January 2024, the standard unit price of electricity increased to 28.62p per kWh. This means EV drivers will see their charging costs increase by an average of £30 annually, or by 0.4p per mile.
You can save money by signing up to an EV specific tariff which charges you less during off peak hours. You can read about EV tariffs here.
Which? have also compiled the following list of electric cars that are the cheapest to run.
Most efficient overall. Large car class.
Cost of charging at home off peak (10p per kWh): 2.5p per mile
Cost of charging at home peak (28.62p per kWh): 7.1p per mile
Cost of charging publicly AC (at 50p per kWh): 12.4p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 65p per kWh): 16.2p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 80p per kWh): 19.3p per mile
Most effiecient medium size hatchback/saloon.
Cost of charging at home off peak (10p per kWh): 3.1p per mile
Cost of charging at home peak (28.62p per kWh): 8.8p per mile
Cost of charging publicly AC (at 50p per kWh): 15.4p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 65p per kWh): 20.1p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 80p per kWh): 24.7p per mile
Most efficient city/small hatchback.
Cost of charging at home off peak (10p per kWh): 2.8p per mile
Cost of charging at home peak (28.62p per kWh): 8p per mile
Cost of charging publicly AC (at 50p per kWh): 14p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 65p per kWh): 18.2p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 80p per kWh): 22.3p per mile
Most efficient mid/large SUV.
Cost of charging at home off peak (10p per kWh): 3.1p per mile
Cost of charging at home peak (28.62p per kWh): 9p per mile
Cost of charging publicly AC (at 50p per kWh): 15.7p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 65p per kWh): 20.4p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 80p per kWh): 25.1p per mile
The least efficient car in the Which? efficiency tests.
Cost of charging at home off peak (10p per kWh): 5p per mile
Cost of charging at home peak (28.62p per kWh): 14.2p per mile
Cost of charging publicly AC (at 50p per kWh): 24.9p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 65p per kWh): 32.4p per mile
Cost of charging publicly DC (at 80p per kWh): 39.8p per mile
Over time, the cost per unit of electricity has increased. It reached its peak in the second quarter of 2023, where it reached 33.6pence per kWh.
The cost per kWh has doubled since 2010, rising from 12.7pence per kWh, to 24.5pence per kWh in quarter two of 2024.
Data courtesy of NimbleFins, in partnership with gov.uk.
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