Make your EV battery last longer with these expert charging tips
Skyrocketing energy bills have pushed the price of running electric cars to new heights. But that does not mean you need to ditch yours.
Electric vehicles (EV) were in the headlines last month when it was revealed they are out-selling their diesel and petrol-powered rivals for the first time.
Sales in 2022 defied grim expectations, undented by runaway inflation amid the war in Ukraine, meaning more people than ever are plugging in and charging up.
But there is an issue.
Skyrocketing energy bills have pushed charging prices to new heights, with some warning this could scupper a greener, battery-powered future.
EU households had to pay on average 72 per cent more for each kWh of electricity than the previous year, as of September 2022.
With this in mind, Euronews Green has devised this short and simple guide to help keep EV costs down during a biting cost of living crisis.
Charge your EV at work
The home remains the most common place to charge.
Yet, this pattern is changing, with 40% of Europeans reporting they now charge their EVs at work.
According to EV experts Dover Fueling Solutions, juicing up at work can be a “cost-effective solution” for people trying to tighten their belts (and carbon footprints).
With government schemes helping to cover installation costs, some businesses have installed EV charging points in a bid to improve their green image, while seemingly reducing the environmental impact of their staff and operations.
Charge EVs overnight to save money
If you can manage to stay awake long enough, charging overnight on off-peak rates can save a pretty penny.
Electricity is cheapest at around 2 am in most places. But don’t worry, chargers can be set to power up then, ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Choose charge rate carefully
Charging at home is always cheaper. However, if you must charge in public, choose a slower AC rate to save money.
A record number of public electric car chargers were installed by British companies in 2022 as they race to dominate a fast-growing and potentially lucrative market.
There were more than 8,700 public chargers installed in the UK last year, bringing the total to more than 37,000, says data company Zap-Map.