What you need to know if you are an EV owner

With more and more people choosing to drive electric vehicles (EVs), the demand for information for EVs is growing daily. EDF Energy has partnered with The Phoenix Works, our chosen installers of EV charging points for our domestic customers. We've prepared a guide that gives you the lowdown on low-cost, zero carbon emission driving.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

That depends which charging mode you're using and also what vehicle type you drive. The table below shows you the different modes with guidelines on their relevant charge times.

EV charging times

This table is from The Phoenix Works, find out more about charging your EV with them with this installation guide.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

If you're using a home charging point for your EV, the cost will depend on what energy tariff you're on, the model of vehicle and charging mode. However, a charge that takes your EV around 100 miles will cost you between £3 and £4 in electricity while the same journey in a petrol or diesel car will cost you between £12 and £15 in fuel. Read more about the cost of charging your EV on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Where can I charge my electric car?

As EV ownership in the UK increases, so does the amount of places you can charge your vehicle. To help you plan your journeys, you can find charge point locations with the following maps:

 

There are lots of different payment methods for charging your EV when you're out and about. Different charging points have different methods. You can use coins, tokens or an NFC reader. One of the most common methods in the UK is through a membership scheme.

When you sign up to an EV owner membership scheme, you get a card that lets you use any charging point on the network. There is usually a joining fee and subsequent payments are made with pre-paid credits or a monthly direct debit.

For a list of network membership schemes, this installation guide from The Phoenix Works has all the details.

How far can an electric car take me?

Most modern EVs can give you a range of 100-200 miles, which is more than adequate for most everyday journeys in the UK.

An extended range electric vehicle (E-REV) will give you an 'electric only' range of 125 miles - depending on the type and model you drive. Using the petrol generator though, you can boost the range of an E-REV to over 200 miles.(1)

Fundamentally, an electric vehicle uses batteries to power an electric motor (or motors) unlike conventional vehicles, which use petrol or diesel combustion to power an engine. There are a number of different types of electric vehicle to choose from and not all of these use 100% battery power.

These are:

  • Pure Electric Vehicles. Sometimes called Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), pure EVs are powered 100% by electricity. With no clutch or gears, a Pure EV is are ideal for use on short journeys around town and emit zero 'tailpipe' CO2 emission or air pollutants.

  • Plug in Hybrids. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) combine a petrol or diesel engine with a battery and electric motor. A hybrid uses battery power for shorter everyday journeys - but can switch to conventional fuel when a longer range is needed.

  • Extended-Range Electric Vehicles. Sometimes called E-REVs, these are vehicles powered 100% by electricity but as the battery starts to lose power, a petrol or diesel motor is used to recharge it.

For more information about how an EV works, watch this short video about one of the most popular, premium pure EVs on the market, the Tesla Model S.

How much does an electric car cost?

While it's true that electric cars are still more expensive than their petrol or diesel-powered counterparts, the running costs are much lower.

The government predicts that by 2027 half of all new cars sold will be electric. (1) They also supports EV users with financial incentives such as the Plug-In Vehicle Grant. The grant is automatically deducted from the purchase price of your EV, so there's no additional paperwork or claims procedure. You can find out more about the Plug-In Vehicle Grant along with a list of vehicles that qualify at gov.uk.

What other savings can I make with an electric car?

In addition to lower running costs and government incentives, there are other ways an EV can save you money.

Here are some examples:

  • If you drive a zero-emission vehicle that costs less than £40,000 new, you won't have to pay road tax. Other lower-emission vehicles will also qualify for a lower rate of road tax in their first year.

  • EV drivers in London can also save because any car or van (below 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) which emits 75g/km of CO2 or less and meets the Euro 5 standard for air quality is exempt from the Congestion Charge - a daily saving of £11.50.

  • Some cities also offer free or reduced parking for EV drivers. Check with your local authority for schemes in your area.

  • EVs don't have as many mechanical parts as most traditional vehicles which means servicing costs will be lower and it's expected that maintenance costs will be lower too. (1)

 

Read more about our partnership with Phoenix Works and how to get started with an electric vehicle with EDF Energy.

Electric vehicles for small and medium businesses

If you are looking to buy electric vehicles for your business, EDF Energy can provide you with expert advice and access to a range of EV products and services. We can help you find the most suitable vehicles, charging infrastructure and energy supply options. Find out more about our complete electric vehicle package.

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