Charging costs depend on your electric car’s (EV) battery size and your electricity providers price of electricity. Most electricity providers offer off-peak rates that greatly reduce costs by billing less for electricity used during off-peak hours. You can control the time you charge through your mobile app to make benefit of these off-peak charges. Contact your electricity provider to find out more.
Although electricity costs will vary, the average off-peak price in Perth is around 15 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). At this price, charging an EV for example, the Nissan LEAF with a 40-kWh battery and 240km range would cost roughly $6 to fully charge. Meanwhile, the cost to run a 18km per litre petrol vehicle at Perth’s average petrol price today of $1.28 per litre would cost about $17 for enough fuel to drive about 240km.
The average vehicle in Western Australia travels 12,278 kilometres a year or 33.6 kilometres a day. So, working on the calculations above, your petrol will cost you about $870 per year and your at home, off-peak charge about $306 per year.
Saving money on fuel is just one benefit of driving an electric vehicle. You also have to consider your emissions and impact on the environment.
*These figures are averaged and may not directly represent your vehicle or consumption costs
Author: Brent Smith - EVmotion