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Sat 01 August 2020

Electric vehicle vs Petrol vehicle fuel cost

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

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