Best Electric Car Charging Tariffs: The Complete Guide

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If you are like most of us, over the past many years you have simply paid your energy bills, without giving much thought to the computation of the invoice.  However, with the increased awareness of energy consumption and costs, consumers have started to take more notice of electricity and gas tariffs, and the impact of the monthly energy bills on their household wallets.  

But it will not stop here.  With the rapid increase in the profile of zero-emission electric cars like the all-electric Tesla Model 3, and the inevitable migration to large-scale EV adoption, energy consumption and costs will continue to remain high profile and centre stage in the family budget. Energy companies, and in particular green energy suppliers are keen to serve the EV charging market and have developed attractive electric car charging tariff packages for EV owners.  Ecotricity is an excellent example of a leading UK green energy supplier offering a specific EV charging scheme.  We expect many more energy suppliers to create innovative tariff packages to meet the needs of this fast growing consumer segment.

Given that zero-emission electric cars have been on UK roads for a few years, there is credible ‘real-world’ evidence to suggest that more than 80% of EV charging is conducted at home, mostly, overnight.  As we move forward, we do not expect a change in this trend.

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Wall Box EV Home Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Wallbox)

We encourage electric car owners to install dedicated EV home charging equipment and not use the domestic 3-PIN plug for charging. We at e-zoomed have an excellent selection of high quality and performance home charging points on the e-zoomed Electric Living Shop, to include EVBox, Myenergi Zappi, Wallbox and PodPoint. We offer a seamless and competitive service for product supply and installation.

Yes, electric vehicle public charging infrastructure will remain a critical piece of the EV charging framework, but not as imperative as EV home charging.  According to British Gas, a leading UK energy supplier, average EV owners typically charge three times a week during off-peak hours and twice a fortnight during peak hours. We strongly encourage incumbent electric car owners and potential EV owners to pay more attention to their monthly bills.

Energy Source

We at e-zoomed have been very vocal on the importance of charging any battery-electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) with only clean or renewable energy. By charging with green electricity, you are driving emission-free ‘well-to-wheel’.  If you charge your EV using ‘dirty energy’, you are simply not going to be driving emission-free.  

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Moreover, by switching to green energy you are also reducing the carbon footprint of your household.  According to OVO Energy, home energy makes up 26% of an individuals footprint.  You can switch via e-zoomed to Good Energy, an e-zoomed partner and take advantage of an incredible offer to include £50 credit. Follow this link!

Cost Of Charging

There is no doubt, in that, as you migrate from internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel cars, you will save significant amounts by not having to refuel using diesel and petrol.  And yes, it is true, recharging an EV battery is substantially cheaper than filling a tank of fuel.  As an example, filling an ICE vehicle could set you back £80 or more, while recharging an EV will be substantially lower, and in many cases around £7. Despite the significant savings, we encourage EV drivers to source an attractive credible green EV charging tariff, as electricity consumption will increase for households.   

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You Can Recharge An Electric Car For £5 (Ashvin Suri, Founder e-zoomed)

According to Good Energy, the average EV household uses 6,500 units of electricity, compared to the UK household average of 3,100 units. 

Top Electric Car Charging Tariffs In The UK

If we assume an annual electricity consumption of 6,500 kWh per household, to include green electricity for charging an electric car, by way of example:

  • Ecotricity will cost approximately £1,081 annually (does not include the Electric Highway offer or other offers).
  • OVO Energy will cost approximately £1,142 (does not include other offers). 


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Ecotricity Green Electricity, An e-zoomed Partner

Ecotricity, a leading UK green energy supplier and an e-zoomed partner.  Ecotricity has demonstrated leadership for over three decades in the growth of the green energy retail market in the United Kingdom.  The company commenced supplying green electricity in 1996. The green energy company also demonstrated its leadership in the electric vehicle charging sector with the launch of the Electric Highway, the national EV charging network. 

Ecotricity offer an EV specific 100% green electricity tariff called the ‘Fully Charged Bundle’.   According to the company, the Fully Charged Bundle can save an electric car owner up to £215 in the first year.   Ecotricity also offers Fully Charged Bundle customers ‘half price’ charging on the Electric Highway public charging points (15p/kWh instead of 30p/kWh, with no connection fee or monthly subscription). Follow this link to switch to ecotricity via e-zoomed.

Tariff Name:Green Electricity + EV
Standing Charge:37.03p per day
Unit Rate:14.56p
Tariff Type:Variable
Price Guarantee:30th September 2021 
Exit Fees:No exit fees

Good Energy

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Good Energy Electric Driver Tariff. An e-zoomed Partner

Good Energy is another example of a leading and visionary green energy company in the UK. Good Energy is also an e-zoomed partner. The company was founded in 1999 by Juliet Davenport, an inspirational figure in the green energy industry. Since then, the company has achieved a number of awards and accolades. The company was one of the first to offer an EV energy tariff dedicated to electric car drivers. The company launched its first electric vehicle tariff in 2017. You can switch to Good Energy via e-zoomed by following this link. Switch today to receive a £50 credit!

  • Good Energy named twice as the Sunday Times ‘Best Green Company
  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Environment 2009
  • The Observer’s ‘Ethical Award for the Best Online Retail Initiative’ 
  • In 2012, Davenport was named as ‘PLUS CEO of the Year
  • In the 2013 New Year Honours List, Davenport was awarded an OBE

Tariff Name:Good Energy Electric Vehicle (EV Driver 4) Tariff
Standing Charge:29.79p per day
Unit Rate:16.27p
Tariff Type:Fixed
Price Guarantee:30th June 2022 
Exit Fees:N/A

OVO Energy 

OVO energy electric car tariff

OVO Energy was launched in 2009.  OVO means ‘new beginnings’ in Latin. The company has come a long way from a barn in the Cotswold’s to become one of the largest energy suppliers in the UK. The company is committed to the electric vehicle sector and claims to have installed the first domestic vehicle-to-grid EV charger in 2018.  For electric car owners, the company offers the EV Everywhere tariff.  The tariff is backed by 100% green energy.  With the tariff the company offers the choice between a free smart charger or a free Polar Plus membership. 

Tariff Name:EV Everywhere  
Standing Charge:23.71p per day
Unit Rate:15.38p per kWh
Tariff Type:Fixed
Price Guarantee:2 years
Exit Fees:£30 exit fee
  •  Polar Plus membership free (potentially worth £188 over 2 years)

EDF Energy

EDF energy electric car tariff

EDF Energy is one of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in the UK. The company is owned by EDF, the energy business owned by the French government.  EDF generates electricity from various forms of energy generation technologies to include, fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy. EDF has launched an EV tariff for electric car owners, the GoElectric tariff powered by 100% renewable energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, biomass and tidal and hydroelectric.   The tariff offers half price electricity evenings and weekends at 8p per kWh (9 pm to 7 am (off-peak) on weekdays and all weekend – 98 hours half price off-peak). 

Tariff Name:EDF GoElectric 
Standing Charge:27.14p per day and upwards (depending on UK region)
Unit Rate (Single Rate):11.70p per kWh and upwards (depending on UK region)
Unit Rate (Two Rate):Peak rate: 16.54p per kWh and upwards (depending on UK region)
Unit Rate (Two Rate)Off-peak rate: 8.00p per kWh and upwards (depending on UK region)

British Gas 

British gas electric car tariff

British Gas is another member of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in the UK.  It is a subsidiary of Centrica and is the biggest energy supplier in the UK.  Centrica plc is a British multinational energy and services company headquartered in Windsor, Berkshire.  

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British Gas Electric Drivers Tariff (credit: British Gas)

British Gas offers an EV tariff, the Electric Drivers Energy Plan Sep 2021. The tariff offers electric car owners cheaper off-peak electricity between 12.00 am and 5.00 am GMT. 

Tariff Name:Electric Drivers Nov 2021 
Standing Charge:25p per day
Unit Rate:20p per kWh (peak)
Unit Rate:4.70p per kWh (off-peak)
Tariff Type:Fixed
Price Guarantee:30th November 2021
Exit Fees:No exit fees

Scottish Power

Scottish power

Scottish Power a leading UK energy supplier is based in Glasgow. The vertically integrated energy company is owned by Iberdrola, the Spanish utility. Scottish Power launched its first tariff designed for EV owners in 2018, the Smart Green Electric Vehicle June 2020. The tariff is powered by 100% renewable energy. The company claims its current offer results in a cost ’10 times less than the cost of petrol per mile’ using the discounted charging times (midnight to 5 am). The current SmartPower EV Tariff is only available to customers with a smart meter.

Tariff Name:SmartPower Green EV Tariff
Standing Charge:19.17p per day
Unit Rate:16.78p per kWh
Unit Rate:4.736p per kWh (off-peak)
Tariff Type:Fixed (one year)
Price Guarantee:31st January 2021
Exit Fees:£60 exit fee 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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