Is the future of the electric car compromised? Automotive press articles and messages shared on social networks suggest this in particular that in the UK, with rising electricity prices, the price of charging an electric vehicle can now exceed that of a full tank of electricity. gas.
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It all started, however, with a study by RAC, a private service company for motorists, which was misinterpreted, in particular by the very serious British newspaper. The Telegraph. The RAC had to issue a denial to contest this information. “We did not say that starting from October it will be cheaper to drive a petrol car than an electric vehicle “, thus rectifies the RAC on Twitter. The statement published by the RAC does not actually say that the full tank of electricity will exceed that of gasoline, but that it will become more expensive.
The RAC has calculated that for an electric SUV the charging price could range from the equivalent of 21 euros to almost 40 euros. The price really skyrockets, but the RAC writes it’s still cheaper than a full tank for an equivalent thermal car.
For clarification after some inaccurate reports over the weekend about the cost of charging an electric vehicle after the change in the maximum energy price since October (1/4)
– RAC Press Team (@RACPress) August 30, 2022
Does this explosion in the cost of electric charging across the Channel indicate that France could become more expensive than refueling with gas? No answer questioned by the specialists. Firstly, for the moment the French are protected by the energy shield with prices that remain relatively low. Furthermore, it is now very difficult to determine the cost of a full tank of electricity because it varies a lot according to different criteria. In particular, there are two ways to recharge an electric vehicle: either at home, or in city terminals or on the motorway.
At home, charging takes longer but is much cheaper: 18 cents on average currently compared to 70 cents on the motorway, according to Ehsan Emami, president of Qovoltis, manager of charging stations.
Terminal operators in the city also set the pricing criteria as they wish explains Yoann Nussbaumer, head of the Chargemap platform. Prices are therefore very variable from one terminal to another. The cost of recharging also depends on the car model, its autonomy, the chosen electrical contract. Yoann Nussbaumer performed the calculation for a Tesla Model Y79 kWh vehicle (450 km range). The cost of a full charge at home with a normal EDF rate is 13.75 euros, or about 3 euros per 100km. On the motorway, the full recharge of this same vehicle rises to 59.25 euros, or about 13 euros per 100km. With a diesel price of 1.77 euros per liter, the cost per 100 km for an equivalent thermal vehicle would be around 10 euros.
In summary, if you only charge your vehicle on the highway, this can already get you close to gasoline prices. But studies show that 90% of electric vehicle users connect at home or in the workplace.
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