Put a coin in the meter: EV charging costs worldwide revealed

Published:  29 June, 2020

 The cost of charging an electric vehicle in the UK at present puts the country just within the top 10 most expensive places worldwide, but is still cheaper than most European and other developed nations.

The UK is 10th out of 50 countries, but is still cheaper than Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Japan, according to comparison and switching service Uswitch.com. To calculate the results, the research looked at the cost per KWh for 50 different countries, as well as other measures including the average mileage per driver and miles per full charge to work out the cost of charge.

Country                    Annual EV Charging Cost Per Vehicle

1 Denmark               £501.34

2 Germany               £486.59

3 Belgium                 £412.87

4 Italy                      £398.12

5 Ireland                  £383.37

6 Portugal                £383.37

7 Spain                    £353.88

8 Austria                  £339.14

9 Japan                   £324.39

10 United Kingdom   £324.39

Commenting on the study, Sarah Broomfield, Energy Expert at Uswitch said: “The use of electric vehicles has clear environmental benefits but for many consumers, the choice to move to EVs can be hindered by perceptions about how much it will cost to charge.

“This research shows that, while the costs are not insignificant, the UK is in a strong position compared to countries like Denmark where the price of electricity makes the cost of a charge so much higher.”

The full study can be found at https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/world-powers/

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