As DC fast chargers roll out and network operators scramble to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ – i.e. before there is enough competition to keep prices at competitive levels – it is sobering to see what is currently happening in the UK regarding DC fast-charger kWh pricing.
A recent report from the UK’s What Car? organisation shows EV owners can pay a significant premium for the fastest DC chargers over home kWh pricing.
As seen in the table below, (all pricing converted to $A rates) a 10 – 80% charge for a 64kWh Hyundai Kona electric could in the UK cost almost $60 (Ionity) or $17.47 (Polar Plus) – both at the fastest charge rate for the Kona!
In comparison, on a $0.20 domestic off-peak electricity rate – that same charge would only cost $8.96.
(Editor’s note: see also our article on outrage in Norway on Ionity price increases)
|Network||Cost per kWh
($A equivalents at time of writing)
|10-80% charge for a 64kWh Kona|
|Polar Contactless (150kW)||$0.79||$35.39|
|Shell Recharge (50kW, 150kW)||$0.77||$34.50|
|Instavolt (50kW to 125kW)||$0.69||$30.91|
|Polar Instant (150kW)||$0.69||$30.91|
|Genie Point (43kW, 50kW)||$0.59||$26.43^|
|ESV EV Solutions (43kW, 50kW)||$0.49||$21.95<|
|Charge Your Car*** (43kW, 50kW)||$0.49/min||$36.75*|
|Ubitricity (5.5kW AC)||$0.39||$17.77>|
|Polar Plus (150kW)||$0.39||$17.47|
|Ecotricity domestic customers (AC)||$0.37||$16.58|
|Polar Plus (43kW, 50kW)||$0.30||$13.44**|
|Source London Flexi (22kW)||$0.24||$10.75***|
|Comparison domestic tariff||$0.20||$8.96|
Notes to table:
^ includes $1.97 fee per charge;
< $7.88 monthly fee;
* at 50kW charge rate;
> $19.68 monthly fee, plus $0.30 per charge;
** $15.46 monthly fee;
*** $19.70 sign-up fee.
As What Car?’s editor, Steve Huntingford, commented: “Although there are still a lot of slow (3kW AC) public charging points that are free to use, you’ll have to pay if you want a quick energy fix. And this is where the costs can rack up if you don’t research the various networks in advance.”
Hopefully, here in Australia, we won’t see such a level of price gouging … provided suitable EV policy is developed and implemented in time.
Given Australia is well behind in EV uptake levels as compared to more EV developed nations, it is a salient warning for the need for governments to monitor overseas trends (as seen here) and develop proper EV policies well before such impediments to EV adoption occur.