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5 simple changes that reduce your EV charging bills

Automotive experts at Select Car Leasing have revealed 5 money-saving tips that EV drivers can take advantage of to lower their energy bills in April.

With the energy price cap rising, Britons are set to see their energy bills soar by 54%. David Lewis, Electrical Manager at Select Car Leasing says, “There are very few ways to avoid higher energy prices in April. Drivers of ICE cars are at a huge disadvantage due to the exorbitant price of fuel and the current rise in energy prices.

“EV motorists, although they use home energy to charge their vehicles, have a key advantage over other drivers. They will benefit from the opportunity to lower their electricity bills by taking a smarter approach to charging. The upcoming rise in energy prices highlights the other benefits of going electric – even with rising energy prices, you can still power a car for as little as £2.28. »

To help drivers get their energy bills under control, Select Car Leasing has revealed changes that will help you cut your charging bills in 2022. Committing to just one of these changes saves up to £1,037 per year.

  1. Off-peak charging saves £1,037 a year

It’s tempting for drivers to charge their car as soon as they get home so they don’t forget. Off-peak electricity hours in the UK are between 11pm and 8am – so charging your car before you go to bed for the night is likely to save you more money than charging as soon as you’re home. If EV drivers charge their car at home during off-peak hours once a week, they could save up to £1,037 on their annual EV charging bills.

  1. Using free EV chargers saves you £17.25 per charge

20% of public charging stations in the UK are free, but where do you find them? Many electric cars have apps that allow you to find the nearest charging points – but if not, you can search for free local chargers based in supermarkets, multi-storey car parks and malls. commercial using Zap Map.

Charging at these locations could save you £17.25, which is the average cost per charge after energy prices rose in April.

  1. Avoiding fast chargers saves £7-10 per charge

Fast chargers charge your car the fastest – but at a cost. Public fast chargers cost around £10 for an 80% charge before April’s energy price hike – a full charge at home would cost just £5.

While it’s handy to quickly charge your car when you’re on the road, leave them for emergencies and charge your car at home if you have the time.

  1. Plan a charging route

Over time, you will gradually realize how much it costs to charge a car at home compared to commercial charging stations.

Once you figure this out, charge as much as you can from the cheapest power source – using charge from other sources to top up your load as you need it.

  1. Having regular EV service saves up to £1,000 in repairs

Electric rental vehicles benefit from having services included in the rental price, but regular maintenance is essential if you own an EV. A badly running electric motor wastes more battery power, so maintaining your car is essential. Failure to have an electric vehicle repaired could mean that all of the damaged cells in the battery are left unrepaired. Not only will your car lose charge faster, it could also cost £1,000 for battery cell repairs.

By taking an EV in for service, you’ll fix any battery or motor issues as soon as possible. It’s also important to check your tires and keep unnecessary excess luggage out of the car to get the most bang for your buck with a full load.